Lloyds Banking Group extends Mental Health UK partnership

Mental Health UK and Lloyds Banking Group are extending their partnership for a further two years, with the aim to raise £4m by the end of 2021 and enable Mental Health UK to reach half a million young people and train over 2,500 teachers.

The Bloom programme will help enable an environment where teachers feel able to open the conversation about mental health with students. Joe Baldwin, assistant principal learner journey at Bridgend College in Wales said; “As a college, we are committed to supporting a diverse community of students and enabling them to fulfil our college mission statement - 'be all that you can be'. We want to provide our students with the guidance, support and tools they need to achieve, progress and lead happy and fulfilled lives. This project will provide us with the fundamentals to do just that.”

António Horta-Osório, CEO of Lloyds Banking Group, said: “We know that one in four people are affected by mental health issues in the UK every year, so at any one time a significant number of our colleagues and customers may be struggling with their mental health. Our ambition is to shift mindsets to recognise that we all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, and with the right support we can help our colleagues and customers with mental health conditions to thrive.”

Lloyds Banking Group colleagues have raised over £10m in three years for Mental Health UK. In 2018, Lloyds Banking Group colleagues voted to support young people in mental health and colleague fundraising over the next two years will go entirely to Bloom, with the aim that half a million young people will go through the programme and 2500 teachers will be trained to support them.

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