Initiative to help eliminate stigma
A LEADING Gold Coast law firm has partnered with notfor-profit LIVIN to raise awareness abot depression and anxiety within the business community.
The new initiative, by LIVIN and Ramsden Lawyers, is titled LIVINWell in our Workplaces. It is an offshoot of the LIVINWell program that has primarily focused on the education sector and youth. It is due to be launched on Thursday at the head offices of Ramsden Lawyers in Bundall.
A conversation between LIVIN co-founder Casey Lyons and Ramsden Lawyers managing partner John Ramsden about the issue of mental health in the workplace identified the opportunity to use the existing LIVINWell platform and tailor it to workplaces.
Mr Ramsden said he saw an opportunity to use the firm’s long-term relationship with LIVIN to assist it to engage with staff on an oftendifficult topic to discuss.
“Mental health issues in the workplace are growing rapidly across the country with more than four million Australians affected by mental health conditions every year,” Mr Ramsden said.
“As an employer, I saw an opportunity to leverage our relationship with LIVIN to engage corporate Australia through the creation of a facilitated bi-monthly breakfast forum, using their existing knowledge and expertise and combining our networks to engage employees and employers alike.
“Businesses host a boardroom breakfast every second month, inviting their staff and professional networks and providing them with a format designed to facilitate organic conversations among colleagues and clients about issues they are facing, and all in a relaxed environment.”
One of the key drivers of the LIVINWell in our Workplaces initiative is Ramsden Lawyers partner Ben Twomey who lost his cousin, a fellow lawyer, to depression.
“It’s incredible to me that some of the highest-achievers are often the ones most hesitant to let you know they are having a hard time of things,” Mr Twomey said.
“My cousin’s story helped spark the conversation with John and Casey about what we could be doing for professionals.
“From there we decided that as a group we would create this forum for professionals to connect and support each other.”
Ramsden Lawyers litigation and dispute resolution partner Ben Twomey, LIVIN co-founder Casey Lyons and Ramsden Lawyers’ John Ramsden.