Mid and North East Essex Mind named the charity of the year for the Essex Chambers of Commerce

Mid and North East Essex Mind named the charity of the year for the Essex Chambers of Commerce

Mid and North East Essex Mind, the local mental health charity, has been chosen as the Essex Chamber of Commerce’s charity of the year.

Essex Chambers of Commerce, which delivers local engagement, regional representation, and global opportunities for Essex businesses is celebrating its new partnership with Mid and North East Essex Mind in Mental Health Awareness Week (13 May – 19 May 2024). The partnership will help promote awareness of good mental health across the Essex business sector.

Mental ill health has been a growing concern across the UK, and recent research shows that it costs businesses £42-45 billion annually¹. Figures also revealed there are 1.5 million people in work in the UK with a diagnosed long-term mental health condition². Sadly, 300,000 people with a long-term mental health condition lose their job every year². However, only 44% of organisations are training managers to support staff with mental ill health,³ and management style is among the most common causes of stress at work³.

Denise Rossiter, Chief Executive Officer at Essex Chambers of Commerce said: “With the stresses and anxieties prevalent in our modern world we are proud to be able to champion the vital work the charity provides to the people of Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Braintree, and Chelmsford districts. This partnership is particularly important given the pressures faced by businesses in recent turbulent times. We look forward to working with Mid & North East Essex Mind in the coming months.”

Mid and North East Essex Mind is currently working with businesses to offer its Mental Health Toolkit, which helps people manage their own mental wellbeing. The training programme has already gained some impressive results. 98% of people who’ve undertaken the course found it worthwhile, whilst 92% wanted to share their new skills with team members at work.

Ginny Idehen, CEO, Mid and North East Essex Mind, is delighted to be working with Essex Chambers of Commerce. She said: “We’re really pleased to be chosen as Essex Chamber of Commerce’s charity of the year. It is fantastic they have recognised the importance of good mental health in the workplace and want to support their members.

Ginny added: “We’ve been members of Essex Chambers of Commerce for the past two years, and we’re really looking forward to working more closely with the organisation to promote awareness of good mental health across the business sector.”

Find out more about Mid and North East Essex Mind: www.mnessexmind.org/training or to discover more about Essex Chambers of Commerce, visit: https://www.essexchambers.co.uk.