As a partnership, we have a responsibility to look at what we can do to ensure our people are fit and healthy - mentally and physically - and have a real chance of achieving their potential.
Our Minds Matter programme, created to support our people by focusing on mental health in the workplace, has three main aims:
- To establish a safe, supportive and open culture where we can discuss our mental health and that of those close to us.
- To create an eco-system of support for those who need it.
- To promote working practices that support positive mental health (such as iFlex, our global informal flexible working policy).
In 2019 the Board appointed our first Mental Health Partner, Christian Saunders. Christian is supported by 43 Mental Health Advocates – partners and senior support professionals from every major A&O office. Their role is to sponsor our Minds Matter programme locally by normalising mental health conversations and championing working practices that support positive mental health.
Promoting positive mental health has to be a priority for any law firm that wants to look after its people. Creating a culture of openness is the first step in this journey and a leadership responsibility
Christian Saunders – board member and mental health partner
Awards and partnerships
Global Business Collaboration Mental Health Leadership Pledge
Allen & Overy has signed the GBC’s Mental Health Leadership Pledge and will be taking action to deliver on pledge commitments and help create global change when it comes to creating better workplace mental health.Read more
Mindful Business Charter
Allen & Overy has signed the Mindful Business Charter, joining a growing number of law firms and other businesses, in a collective effort to promote healthier and more effective ways of working. The Charter brings clients their legal services providers together to reach a shared agenda for mental health wellbeing.Read more
This Can Happen awards
Allen & Overy are delighted and proud to be a partner sponsor for This Can Happen 2020 and the title sponsor for the TCH Awards 2020. The Awards celebrate excellence in mental health strategies and it is clear that there is an overwhelmingly positive impact that winning one of these Awards has on both individuals and companies alike.Read more
City Mental Health Alliance
Allen & Overy is an active member of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA) in London and in Hong Kong. Alongside other city businesses, we are supporting the Alliance to achieve its vision of helping city workers, at all levels, talk about mental health without fear of stigma.Read more
Allen & Overy is a Foundation Partner of Mindset Magazine, a new publication dedicated to mental health. The quarterly magazine, which has been made available to all A&O employees includes articles on a wide range of mental health related topics and aims to challenge the way we think about mental health.Read more