ESS Government Services Announces Partnership with Mental Health UK

07 January 2022

ESS Government Services, part of Compass Group UK & Ireland, has announced a new strategic partnership with Mental Health UK. The company will support project activity for the charity, as well as undertaking a range of fundraising across its estate.

Mental Health UK brings together the heritage and experience of four charities from across the country who’ve been supporting people with their mental health for nearly 50 years. The organisation delivers local services and national expertise to people whose lives are affected by mental health problems. It provides support and services for some of the biggest societal challenges that pose a threat to people’s mental health, including money problems, navigating through the system to get the right support, understanding mental health, loneliness and isolation, and resilience in young people.

ESS Government Services provides services to high-profile sites across police, secure environments, local and central government. Promoting the mental wellbeing of its colleagues, clients and customers is a key part of the company’s wider wellbeing strategy which comprises four pillars; Healthier Mind, Healthier Body, Healthier Food and Healthier World.

ESS and Mental Health UK will work together to develop and deliver a calendar of activity that keeps mental health at the forefront of conversations about wellbeing.

To further support mental health across its business, ESS has worked with Mental Health First England to train 130 mental health first aiders within its team. 

Mark Webster, Managing Director – ESS Defence, Energy and Government Services, commented:

“Many of us will experience mental health challenges at some point in our lives. We are delighted that our Government Services business is partnering with Mental Health UK to help the organisation promote awareness and provide support to those who may be suffering. Our teams are already involved with a considerable amount of charity work at their sites, so we have taken the decision to formalise this activity and work with Mental Health UK as a strategic partner where we believe we can make a real difference.”

Katie Legg, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Mental Health UK, commented:

“We are proud to be partnering with ESS at such a critical time. Recent research suggests up to 8.5 million adults will experience poor mental health in the coming years, owing to the pandemic. ESS will help us support more people when they need it most, empowering them to manage their mental health and live their best possible lives.”