City Leaders and NHS England join forces for the first time to prioritise mental health

Linklaters hosted a high-level breakfast meeting for the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), and Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer of NHS England this week, to discuss how to best promote mental health in the workplace. 

The meeting looked at ways in which employers in both the public and private sectors can help keep their employees well through prevention as well as treatment. The explored how the workforce can engage with mental health without fear of stigma and how to recognise mental health as a boardroom issue which is essential for maximising business performance.  

Linklaters Chairman and Senior Partner, Robert Elliott, who introduced the meeting, said: 

“As one of the founders of CMHA, Linklaters, and I personally, remain committed to supporting its efforts to achieve greater openness, improved literacy, and more practical ways of tackling mental health. I encourage other senior business leaders in the City to recognise health and wellbeing, and in particular mental health, as a key boardroom issue.” 

Other participants included Michael Macdonnell, Head of Strategy at NHS England, Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind and Chair of NHS Mental Health Task Force, Poppy Jaman, CEO, Mental Health First Aid (England) Sir Simon Wesseley, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Lord Layard, Founder of Action for Happiness. 

For more information please contact Katie Taylor on 020 7456 2287 

  • The City Mental Health Alliance is a collaborative venture founded by City businesses. Championed by senior leaders, the Alliance is business led and expert guided and aims to create a culture of good mental health for City workers, share best practice and increase mental health understanding.