Over the past 18 months, we have championed positive change at MUFG around mental health awareness, and implemented strategic measures to achieve our objectives to raise awareness and to provide support for employees, as well as working to end the stigma around mental health illness.
We've recognised and proactively supported international campaigns including Time to Talk Day, World Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. We have also invited a variety of high profile speakers including Clarke Carlisle, Dr Christian Jessen, Alistair Campbell, and Ruby Wax to talk to our employees and discuss their own experiences. We have also been delighted to welcome Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn to talk to MUFG about their personal experiences behind the #findmike campaign.
We know that raising awareness alone isn't enough - we must also provide support. As part of our initiative to support employees who are impacted we have trained and accredited 48 Mental Health First Aiders throughout our three London offices, and introduced a direct telephone line to reach them. We've held numerous interactive sessions and events including mindfulness, building resilience, coping with stress, and exploring confidence, happiness and personal impact and resilience to help our employees obtain the tools they need to recognise and take care of their own mental health.
We also hold fundraising activites throughout the year, with all proceeds proudly donated to the Lord Mayor's Appeal.
These events have attracted a combined audience of over 800 employees and are helping to end the stigma around mental health.