Thrive

Everyone has mental health. Whether it be in the workplace or your personal life, it is important to know how to support your own wellbeing and others around you.

At Slaughter and May we aim to support employees’ wellbeing within a healthy environment.  Our mental and physical wellbeing are equally important and the firm offers a wide range of benefits for employees to take advantage of.

Thrive, our mental health and wellbeing network, addresses a range of issues, from suicide awareness to managing stress.

Thrive aims to:

  • Destigmatise mental illness;
  • Raise awareness about, and create a culture of openness around mental health issues;
  • Promote all round wellbeing, both in the workplace, and in our personal lives; and
  • Develop a robust system of support and resources for employees who are experiencing mental health or wellbeing issues, or who simply wish to learn more about how they can support themselves and others around them.

The Thrive Committee is made up of a broad spectrum of Partners and employees from across the firm and is chaired by Associates Lucy Chambers and Michael Craig.

Mental Health Awareness Month

We traditionally dedicate a full month to raising awareness, showcasing resources available to our people, and encouraging everyone to lend their voice to breaking down the stigma of mental ill-health. This aligns with Mental Health Awareness Week which happens each year in the UK in May.

This month is a notable date in our calendar, because the health and wellbeing of everyone in the firm is of paramount importance and the conversation around mental health is currently behind where it needs to be.

Each year for Mental Health Awareness Month, Thrive puts together a programme to help support staff and encourage a dialogue around mental health and wellbeing.  A small sample of past events and initiatives includes:

Fireside talk with Roman Kemp

Celebrity and Capital FM radio presenter Roman Kemp joined us to give a fascinating internal talk and spoke to Michael Craig for a frank and open conversation about mental health and suicide. We heard from Roman about why he has become an advocate for mental health and together Michael and Roman discussed topics such as masking and their own personal experiences of suicidal thoughts.

Webinar with Unmind and Dr Alex George

As part of Slaughter and May’s firm wide access to mental health and wellbeing platform Unmind, all staff had the opportunity to participate in a webinar with Love Island contestant and Youth Mental Health Ambassador, Dr. Alex George. Dr. Alex discussed his experience as an NHS doctor during the pandemic, what he envisions for the future of mental healthcare and how we can each play our part in prioritising mental health.

Green Ribbon Campaign

Each year the firm supports the Green Ribbon Campaign, which aims to help end the stigma around mental health. All staff are invited to wear a green ribbon and add a green ribbon to their email signature, to show support for the campaign.

CBT webinar with a dedicated Bupa therapist

Members of the firm’s private healthcare insurance with Bupa have access to Bupa webinars, including a dedicated CBT session explaining how CBT can be used to help manage and improve mental health.

Thrive podcast

Thrive has its own internal podcast series, hosted by Lucy Chambers and Michael Craig.  In each episode, Lucy and Michael talk with guests from across the firm about a topic related to mental health and wellbeing.  Past topics have included wlrk-life balance, how nature can promote wellbeing and imposter syndrome.