This week is the KPMG Diversity week, 5 days celebrating diversity in the workplace. We have a number of diverse groups within the firm ranging from the religous, Jewish, Islamic and Christian societies, our LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender society called “Breathe”, KNOW, the “women’s” group which focuses on issues particularly facing women in the workplace and sponsored by a senior male Partner along with groups providing specific support for parents, disabled staff, working dads and those promoting a healthy work-life balance.
Today I hijacked the lunchtime session as, being Mental Health Awareness Week here in the UK, I felt that it should be the focus of our day today.
We had a lovely time talking to several people about mental health and hopefully encouraged a few more to talk openly and honestly about mental health issues.
Richard is our Workability facilitator in Birmingham and he is on a mission to promote diversity and disability awareness in our office.
“Together for a better world for all: Including persons with disabilities in development”
A great committment for sure but I prefer something a bit more simple and closer to home so for 3rd December 2011 I am going to pull together some inspiring stories and artwork (photos, paintings, crafts, musings) from some very talented people who suffer with mental illness and collate them in a celebration of our combined and extensive ABILITY.
This is assuming of course that we think that depression and other forms of mental illness are disabilities and we consider ourselves disabled. It would seem that the majority of people surveyed in research carried out by the Depression Alliance and RADAR during 2009/10 thought that depression is a disability and are prepared to badge themselves as disabled in order to tap into a number of resources only available to the disabled community.
And what do I hope to achieve by showcasing this talent produced by the “mentally disabled?”
Mental illness should not be a barrier to achievement and success.
With encouragement and support we can live normal lives and recover to hold down jobs, look after our families and enjoy ourselves.
We are resilient and loyal
We are exceptionally talented and we should exhibit this talent freely.
I know lots and lots of very talented people across all spheres who have mental illness of one type or another so I may have to dedicate all my posts during December to this cause. I will enjoy doing that and I will be in touch with you soon…….