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PPG forms partnership with Mind

PPG Architectural Coatings who brands include Johnstone’s , Leyland and Fat Hog has formed a partnership with charity Mind to support their work to help those struggling with their mental health, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Money raised will support Mind in England and Wales, as well as partner charities Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in Scotland and Inspire in Ireland.

Amid the growing awareness of the mental health crisis, the company’s UK and Ireland Architectural Coatings employees voted to make Mind their new charity partner for the next three years. The employees will raise money for Mind to help fund the mental health services that are increasingly in demand. As part of the partnership, Mind will also provide support for PPG employees who are experiencing mental health issues. 

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has brought the issue of mental health into sharper focus. Mind’s coronavirus survey in 2020 found that more than half of adults and two-thirds of young people said their mental health had worsened since the pandemic’s outbreak. The survey also found that more than one in five adults with no previous experience of poor mental health now say their mental health is poor or very poor.

“With many of us feeling more isolated than ever before, PPG is incredibly proud to support the important work of Mind,” said Matthew Baines, PPG business unit director, trade, Architectural Coatings, UK and Ireland. “Having just concluded a successful partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, we are looking forward to now dedicating our efforts to another great cause and hope to replicate our success.”

“What makes the partnership even more valuable is the support for PPG employees that Mind will provide. For too long, mental health has been a taboo subject in the workplace. We hope that working with Mind can encourage a new spirit of openness, where colleagues can find support when they are struggling, especially after such a difficult year.”

The partnership with Mind marks the next step in PPG’s UK and Ireland mental health programme and commitment to facilitating a supportive environment for employees. The company has trained employees as mental health first aiders, is rolling out new training on how to manage mental health issues and is developing initiatives to tackle mental health stigma.

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