Ageas’s employees across all locations in the UK selected Mind as the charity that they wanted to support in 2016, along with SAMH, its sister organisation in Scotland. In 2015 the company raised over £88,000 for NSPCC.

Mind and SAMH provide advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their campaigns are focused on improving services, raising awareness and promoting understanding. In the UK, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Each year millions of people who experience a mental health problem are not getting the support they need to stay well and live a full life.

The charities provide information and services so people can make their own choices and access the treatment and support that is right for them – whether online, in print or via helplines. They help to ensure that no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

With a local presence in communities surrounding all of Ageas’s sites in the UK, employees will be able to fundraise, volunteer and campaign on a local and national scale, taking part in activities throughout the year and during Mental Health and Awareness Week. Employees have already started fundraising by hosting a number of different charitable events and some even taking part in the London Marathon.

Lyn Nicholls, HR Director of Ageas UK, said: “I am delighted with our partnership with Mind and SAMH for 2016. Ageas employees are incredibly supportive of the charities they chose each year. Our 2016 efforts will be focused on charities that are committed to making sure that everyone experiencing mental health problems can receive the support they need. This is a cause our people can really get behind and they want to do all they can to make a difference in the communities of which we are part of.”