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Travers Smith marks Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

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Travers Smith LLP is proud to be supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), with a series of webinars and online workshops aimed at promoting positive mental health, mindfulness and sleep.

Richard Martin, founder of the Mindful Business Charter will open the firm's 2020 programme. Travers Smith will become a signatory of the Charter in October so this keynote address at the start of the week is designed to give everyone an introduction for what it will mean to become a member.  Dr Guy Meadows from The Sleep School will lead two sleep related webinars, providing insights into how to achieve great quality sleep. Clinical psychologist, Bill Mitchell, will also be running two leadership sessions for Partners and Business Services heads, focusing on the building blocks of resilience and maintaining positive mental health, particularly in the context of Covid-19.

To tie in with this year's MHAW theme of kindness, Sasha Scott Founder of Inclusive Group, will be leading two sessions focused on why kindness matters to our mental health and how to conserve positive mental energy whilst video conferencing and working from home.

Mental health and resilience continue to be important topics for Travers Smith and to help provide further support to its partners and employees, the firm has provided free access to the award-winning Calm.com app. Designed to cultivate a happier, more peaceful state of mind, the app offers a wealth of resources including daily mindfulness sessions, meditation classes, stretch routines and sleep stories.

Additionally, over the course of MHAW, the firm will also be running several virtual yogalates, breathing for relaxation and seat-based stretch sessions, led by Halsa Wellbeing.

Moreover, to help everyone look after their mental health and wellbeing during this lockdown period and beyond, several initiatives have been set up to support the firm's employees. One such project has been the launch of a "Your Wellbeing" Hub in April. Developed in response to the Covid-19 crisis, the site contains diverse content on matters such as staying connected, keeping active, and support for parents and carers, and will continue to be updated following a return to the office.

Finally, a series of fun virtual activities, including weekly pub quizzes, 24/7 virtual hangout rooms and coffee roulettes, have been established amongst teams across the firm, in order to boost morale and promote communication.

Travers Smith's HR Director, Moira Slape, commented: 

 

"Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the significance of good mental health and wellbeing. It is particularly pertinent now, in the time of crisis, when many of us may be struggling with the feelings of isolation and anxiety brought about by the pandemic and lockdown.

Mental health and wellbeing continue to be important topics for us at Travers Smith and we are committed to providing continued support to our partners and employees when they need it. I am proud that over the past few years we have developed an excellent programme of initiatives aimed at making everyone across the firm feel more comfortable talking about these topics. This has included seminars run by leading external providers, the launch of our Mental Health First Aid Group last year and having people from across the firm talk openly about their experiences of mental health. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues it is now more important than ever that people feel supported and I am pleased that as a firm we are able to do this effectively and with genuine care."

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