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FSB backs The Royal Foundation's Heads Together charity

Heads Together, a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, has been named as the FSB National Chairman's chosen charity. 

Mike Cherry named Heads Together as his chosen charity in an effort to help destigmatise mental health in the workplace. 

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FSB will support Heads Together in amplifying the conversation about mental health among the UK’s 5.7 million strong UK small business community. FSB will also work to raise money for the vital work and programmes led by Heads Together including the Mental Health at Work Gateway.



Addressing mental health in the workplace remains a challenge, particularly for smaller employees and the self-employed. Research shows that poor mental health in the workplace is widespread with around half (48%) of people saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

Talking about why he chose Heads Together, Mike Cherry reflected on his own experiences and how he hopes it will lead to more small business owners talking about mental health in their workplace.

He said: “As business owners, we have a crucial role to play in starting the conversation about mental health in our workplace. We need to lead the way in both destigmatising mental health in the workplace and acting to help members of our team when they are struggling.

“My father struggled with depression for many years and this was something that impacted his ability to run and manage the family business. His struggles have made me very aware of the impact poor mental health can have on small business owners, as well as employees.

“I am extremely proud to have chosen Heads Together and I am confident that we can help change the conversation around mental health in the workplace. By supporting the great work that they do, we can get even more small business owners talking about mental health and supporting themselves and their staff.”

Lorraine Heggessy, CEO of The Royal Foundation said “We are very grateful to FSB for their support. This is a perfect partnership as both The Royal Foundation through Heads Together and FSB are committed to ensuring that all businesses have access to the best possible resources to support good mental health in the workplace. Research has shown that only 23% of employees in SMEs say they are comfortable talking about poor mental health.


“We are helping to address this issue by working with Mind on the Mental Health at Work Gateway, which was developed particularly to help small businesses.  We have also recently supported Mind’s new training toolkit ‘Mental Health for Small Workplaces. We urge you to spread the word about the Gateway and the toolkit so that employers and employees alike can find the support they need, regardless of the size of their business.”