A leading property consultancy in Birmingham has announced one of the city’s most prominent mental health organisations as its chosen charity – with colleagues kicking off their fundraising efforts with a month-long challenge.

Fisher German’s Birmingham office, based in Colmore Row, has selected Birmingham Mind as its chosen charity for the next 12 months.

Colleagues have already begun their fundraising efforts with Birmingham Mind’s ‘Move More for March’ initiative, with colleagues encouraged to take part in lunchtime walks, step challenges and getting active throughout the month.
In the office, colleagues can also enjoy activities such as jigsaw puzzles and games to encourage teams to take a break away from their desks to help promote positive mental health in the workplace.

The charity was chosen by the firm’s mental health first aiders as an extension of their work supporting colleagues, promoting the importance of positive mental health and creating office environments where staff members can bring their whole selves to work.

They will be selecting a range of initiatives to take part in during the year, while also continuously signposting staff members to the services offered by Birmingham Mind.

Cue cards will also be placed in break-out areas to give people the tools to ask the right questions, both in and outside of work, if they think someone may need mental health support.

Becky Cooper, accounts receivable manager at Fisher German’s Birmingham office who is also a mental health first aider, said: “We are extremely proud to announce Birmingham Mind as our chosen charity for the next 12 months.

“With one in four people experiencing a mental health problem each year, it is vitally important that employers challenge stigma and promote positive health and wellbeing in the workplace.

“At Fisher German, we have a number of initiatives in place including trained mental health first aiders across our office network, an annual walking challenge, and celebrating awareness days such as Time to Talk Day.

“Fisher German is also a Time to Change employer, pledging to create an environment where employees can bring their full selves to work and mental health can be discussed openly and honestly.

“Birmingham Mind is a fantastic charity which offers valuable services to people right across the city, and we will be taking part in a variety of events and initiatives throughout the year to show our support.”

Birmingham Mind works in partnership with a range of local organisations to deliver a range of mental health and wellbeing services and aims to challenge the stigma that surrounds mental distress.

Kerry Henry-Edge, of Birmingham Mind, said: “We are extremely pleased that Fisher German’s Birmingham office has selected Birmingham Mind as its chosen charity for the year.

“Our corporate supporters provide us with a tremendous amount of support, not only helping to raise vital funds that keep our services running but also increasing awareness of our services and helping to break the stigma that sadly still surrounds mental health.

“Although we are affiliated with the national Mind charity, any funds raised come directly to us to support those in and around Birmingham who need it most.

“We look forward to working with Fisher German during the next 12 months.”

Anyone wishing to support Fisher German’s fundraising efforts can donate by visiting https://tinyurl.com/bdcrnct2