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Bury St Edmunds businesses offered mental health support through Our Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk Mind video




The Our Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District and Suffolk Mind have teamed up to offer the town's businesses and their staff mental health support post-lockdown.

Following the announcement restrictions could start to be lifted from April 12 for non-essential retail, the two organisations have together commissioned a 20 minute video presentation which has been circulated solely to BID members.

The video focuses on workplace issues employers could potentially face after restrictions are eased.

The new presentation has been circulated to members of the Bury St Edmunds Business Improve District Picture by Mark Westley
The new presentation has been circulated to members of the Bury St Edmunds Business Improve District Picture by Mark Westley

Jon Neal, Suffolk Mind's chief executive who tailored the presentation to the town's businesses specific needs, said: "We’ve covered all aspects of how the pandemic has affected mental health and this includes helping staff adjust to returning to work and encouraging customers to feel comfortable about returning to the town centre.

"Of course we also look at how business owners can remain aware of their own mental health as they strive to get their premises back up and running again."

The idea for the presentation came from members of the Bury BID board, of which Suffolk Mind is part.

Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind
Jon Neal, chief executive of Suffolk Mind

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, said even though there was a roadmap out of lockdown, 'the stress and worry for businesses' had not gone away.

"Many still don’t know what kind of financial support they will receive until they are allowed to re-open and that alone will cause much anxiety," he said.

"By working with Suffolk Mind to show our businesses that support is available for their mental wellbeing and that of their staff too will hopefully give them some further positivity as they prepare to re-open."

Suffolk Mind says it wants to 'make Suffolk the best place in the world for taking care of mental health'.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of the town’s Business Improvement District
Mark Cordell, chief executive of the town’s Business Improvement District

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