To increase the understanding and awareness of suicide risk, particularly in young professional men, for the purposes of reducing stigma and empowering individuals to speak about mental health by educating companies and individuals through the organisation of workshops and use of training and education materials.
To educate organisations, particularly in the professional environment, for the purpose of encouraging them to create the right support structures, policies and practice to support employees with mental health and well-being by providing workshops which inform them of the risk of suicide and of the need for such mental health initiatives.
What we do
Research and disseminate good practice on mental health care, workplace wellbeing and suicide prevention.
Seek to engage with organisations to create mentally healthy workplaces.
Contribute to the Mental Health pages on the IP (Intellectual Property) Inclusive website.
Provide information and resources on the CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) and on the CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) website
Participate in national conferences, give presentations, contribute to webinars, webcasts, seminars and interviews.
Work with trainees in the intellectual property profession to create resources and support specific to their needs.
Promote effective training of Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs). We financially support the training of MHFAs in cases where there is no other sources of funding.
Work with other organisations and charities who broadly share our objectives. In particular, we work in collaboration with the Charlie Waller Trust (https://charliewaller.org/).
Respond to invitations from organisations and companies, for example UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), EDF Energy and Nottingham Trent University to encourage mental health initiatives by sharing our story.
Give talks to community groups about the importance of mental health and well-being
Endeavour to maintain relationships with organisations where we have made a connection, for example Nottingham Forest Community Trust
Work with training providers for patent and trade mark p[professionals
Actively encourage supporters and others to become Mental Health Champions.
Develop a bank of bespoke professionally designed resources available in hard copy or digital format. All our presentations, training and resources are free at the point of delivery.
Communicate through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Newsletters
Raise funds through donations, sponsored events and other fundraising events. We have been grateful to receive bequests in memory of those who have also lost their lives to suicide.
Our future plans
Proactively engage with organizations, particularly, but not exclusively in the intellectual property profession to create mentally healthy workplaces and provide resources, including human resources, to support this. Measure change.
Embed the relevant recommendations of the 2019 IP Inclusive, CIPA (Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys), CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys) survey on Mental Health
Produce and effectively disseminate the guide for senior leaders to underpin the above
Direct organizations to the mental health pages of the IP Inclusive website and the Charlie Waller Trust website. Both have excellent resources for the development of mental health training and planning.
Benchmark progress against the Core Standards identified in the Stevenson Farmer Review (October 2017) “Thriving at Work”.
Guides to Mental Health and Wellbeing
Continue to promote the well-received guide to mental health and wellbeing for patent attorneys and trade mark professionals through all channels.
Create other bespoke guides; initially for paralegals and early career researchers
IP Training Providers
Work with Nottingham Trent Law School, Queen Mary University London, Bournemouth University and JDD consultants all of whom who provide training for patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys to raise awareness of issues surrounding mental health and wellbeing and the support available.
Continue to support the research at Glasgow University on suicidal behaviour in men, disseminating interim findings where appropriate.
Further develop social media; Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.
Further develop the website and keep it updated.
Seek and respond to opportunities for radio and TV interviews.
Research the viability and benefit of awarding a prize for journalism related to metal health and wellbeing.
Make good use of the extensive expertise, knowledge and connections of the newly appointed Advisory Board (details of members elsewhere on the site).
Respond to, and proactively seek invitations to participate in national conferences, give presentations, contribute to webinars, seminars and interviews.
Present to community groups.
Maintain and develop existing relationships with organizations beyond the IP field to support mental health and wellbeing.
Facilitate communication between groups within the IP profession and also with other organizations with whom the charity has contact in order to disseminate and share experience and expertise.
Create proportionate and purposeful ways of measuring the impact of our work.
Raise funds to continue and develop further the above.