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Last month, Business Healthy hosted a breakfast roundtable with the Financial Times and Rand Europe, focusing on the health and wellbeing of younger workers and how employers can provide support in this area. 

As part of this discussion, Christian van Stolk - Vice President at RAND Europe - presented findings from the Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey on how younger workers fare in the workplace. This provides a useful background for employers looking to support younger workers. 

Access the information here.

The Law Society's Junior Lawyers' Division has published the results of its resilience and wellbeing survey here.

Over the coming months, Business Healthy will be creating resources and guidance for employers looking to do more to support the health and wellbeing of younger workers in their organisations, whether they are Apprentices, Graduates, Trainees, or new to the world of work. If you are interested in finding out more, or to share best practice, please get in touch.
A Business Healthy member has posted the following question on the forum:

"We have trained 300 managers in Mental Health Awareness and are now investing in Mental Health First Aiders across the business. The difficulty is to know how many we should train? We have 40 sites across the UK, with the number of employees ranging from 30 to 2,000. Does anyone have a view on this?"

Do you have experience in addressing a similar challenge? Please visit the forum to share your thoughts and experiences.

Free mental health e-learning module

It doesn't have to be costly to get your staff to think about mental health. There are a wide range of free resources available, including a mental health e-learning module, provided by the City of London Corporation. This "Line Manager's Guide to Mental Health" training is free to access for all Business Healthy members. It is interactive and takes around 15 minutes to complete.

Access the module here. (The username is bhealthy and the password is mentalhealthguide2018)

Final call: Sustainable City Awards 2018

There's just over a week to get in your application for the Sustainable City Awards 2018. Celebrating organisations that demonstrate innovative approaches to creating a healthier, more sustainable and green world, the awards are a fantastic way to gain recognition for great work.

There are a range of categories within the Awards, including "Healthier City", which focuses on best practice in boosting health and wellbeing within organisations, as well as positive impacts on wider society.

The Awards are completely free to enter and attend and are open to businesses of all shapes and sizes. The deadline to submit is 12 April, so don't miss out!
Find out more and apply

Calling all couch potatoes and marathon runners


May is just around the corner and places are filling up for the Business Healthy Challenge 2018. Already, 34 City organisations, including global retail banks, law firms and local SMEs, are signed up to take part, so make sure you get in quick.

Offering free places in the Business Healthy Challenge to your staff has many benefits, including encouraging them to be more physically active through Living Street's National Walking Month (May) and beyond, team-building, boosting mental wellbeing through exercise - not forgetting the opportunity to compete against colleagues and other workers across the Square Mile and the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

It really couldn't be easier for your organisation to take part in the Business Healthy Challenge 2018. Click on the button below for more information on the Challenge and details on how to register your organisation. Once you've registered your interest, we send you all the promotional materials to share with employees. Be sure to be quick, though, as once the 1,000 spaces are gone, they're gone! Challenge participants and teams must be registered by the end of April, with the Challenge launching on 1st May.

See you at the finish line!

Please note that only organisations based within the Square Mile are eligible to take part.
Get involved
Coming up...
  • Parkinson's Awareness Day, 11 April
Many employees can be affected by Parkinson's, either suffering from the illness themselves, supporting someone close to them with Parkinson's, or through caring for a relative with the illness.

Parkinson's UK has a wide range of resources and information on its website, relating to the disease, symptoms, caring advice and how to get involved with support networks and fundraising.

Parkinson's Awareness Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about this condition among your workforce. Visit the Parkinson's UK website here.

Support Networks: Family, Friends and Peers

Dragon Cafe in the City is going from strength to strength. After its initial theme of "Release the Pressure", the next sessions will focus on "Support networks: family, friends and peers", looking at the link between social interaction and mental wellbeing and offering a range of fantastic and interactive activities within this focus.

The next Dragon Cafe in the City is taking place on Thursday 5 April at Shoe Lane Library (EC4A 3JR), between 12pm and 8:30pm. The session will include chess strategy, an art workshop, meditation and breathing yoga. A programme will be available soon via the Business Healthy website, or alternatively, sign up for alerts at Dragon Cafe in the City's website to receive the programme straight to your inbox.

A home for meditation


A City-based meditation practice is looking for a home in the Square Mile, as its current location is closing for refurbishment. This educational charity and not-for-profit organisation requires space during weekday evenings (from 5pm onwards) and/ or during the weekend to deliver meditation classes. All classes are pre-registered for security purposes. The practice is able to offer some rent and also special concessions to staff in return for space. If you are interested in this opportunity, please get in touch here.

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