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Following staff nominations we have appointed State of Mind Sport as VGC’s corporate charity for 2019.

State of Mind Sport delivers mental fitness and suicide prevention training, and the partnership will support our workforce wellbeing strategy.

The partnership will help to raise awareness of mental wellbeing issues among our workforce. VGC staff will also raise funds so that State of Mind Sport can continue to deliver information sessions within communities across the UK, especially under-represented groups. State of Mind is a charity funded through donations and our support will ensure that they can deliver to as many hard-to-reach groups as possible.

Ciara Pryce, group services director, said: “Suicide is the biggest killer of young men under 50, and workers in the construction industry are at the highest risk of suicide. We have partnered with State of Mind to help embed the message to our workforce that they are not alone. There are people who will listen to you and support you.”

Chris Ryan, operations director, said “By using sportsmen and women we hope to send a strong message that depression and mental health issues are indiscriminate. Even the most physically strong need help.”

Nick Rowe, State of Mind Sport operations director, said: “We want to share our knowledge of mental fitness and suicide prevention with VGC’s workforce. We also wish to learn from a significant player in the construction and rail industry to develop our education programmes in mental wellbeing across the sector.”

Fiona presenting mental wellbeing to Tideway
Fiona Dowling, wellbeing champion, delivering a talk on mental wellbeing to operatives on Tideway East Chambers Wharf site

Swati Patel, CSR manager, and Fiona Dowling, VGC’s wellbeing champion, are preparing a programme of events for 2019, including a wellbeing week, mental health first aid training, and fundraising events for all our offices across the UK.

About State of Mind Sport

State of Mind Sport was formed in 2010 following the suicide of Terry Newton, a rugby league player. The founders created a network of volunteers to help educate rugby league players on suicide avoidance strategies. In 2014 the organisation became a charitable organisation and they have extended their reach to commercial and community organisations.

The charity raises funds so that they can deliver mental fitness and suicide prevention sessions free of charge to community partners who do not have the funds to provide the training where it is most needed.

State of Mind Sport harnesses the power of sport to raise awareness of the issues surround mental health and wellbeing. They deliver sessions to sport, business, education and community groups, and signpost people to where they can receive care and support.

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