Anderson Strathern announces mental health charity SAMH as its new Charity of the Year

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27 April 2018

Staff have chosen SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) as our new charity of the year, having supported Alzheimer Scotland last year.

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Pictured: Emily Dunsmore (Corporate Fundraiser, SAMH) with members of Anderson Strathern's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

Each year our Corporate Responsibility Committee leads the employee-led selection process to choose a new charity. This year, SAMH was the clear winner across all three of our offices.

Since 1923, SAMH has operated services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, addictions and employment services, among others. These services together with SAMH’s national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, sport and physical activity; inform their policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

Jane Rutherford, Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee said:

After such a successful year working hand in hand with Alzheimer Scotland, our team is delighted to be supporting SAMH this year. We’re incredibly excited about the prospect of raising as much money as possible for SAMH, especially at a time when mental health is so much on the agenda.

Over the next 12 months, we will organise and take part in a number of activities and events to raise funds and awareness for the incredible work SAMH orchestrates each day. We will be kicking off our year of fundraising for SAMH by celebrating ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’ from 14 – 20 May.

As part of our overall corporate social responsibility activities, every employee is given a day and a half’s paid leave to take part in CSR-related activities, so I’m excited to see how they will be using this entitlement.

Jo Anderson, SAMH Director of External Affairs said:

We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as Anderson Strathern’s charity partner. Thanks to the staff for making mental health their cause of the year.

All of us at SAMH are looking forward to working with the team on their plans to raise awareness and funds for Scotland’s mental health starting with mental health awareness week.

This year’s mental health awareness week theme is stress, and while stress sometimes has its roots outside of work, it is the most common cause of work related illness. Anderson Strathern’s approach shows they are committed to the mental health and wellbeing of their employees.