Editor: Corporate environments have made great strides in recent years to shift stigmas around mental health – but there is still much to be done.

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Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) should serve as a reminder that to create an environment that fosters personal and professional development, we need to ensure we’re doing everything possible to make the workplace a supportive space for mental health.

At CBRE, we are committed to promoting positive physical and mental wellbeing. In 2017, we created our WorkWell programme focused on creating an environment where our staff’s wellbeing is at the heart of our business.

To date, we have signed the Time To Change pledge, trained and brought in mental health first-aiders and joined the This Is Me campaign.

For MHAW, we are hosting meditation sessions, interacting with SANE on how and why we should care about mental health in the workplace and holding sessions on the impact diet has on our mental health.

We also offer virtual support through podcasts and professional support through health benefits.

The more we talk about mental health and it becomes an open discussion for all, the better we can support our employees to be their full self at work, allowing them to seek support from us to manage mental ill health with the same openness and support as with physical ill health.

Natalie Barnicott, head of UK HR business partnering, CBRE