Since we launched our brand-new digital Wellbeing hub in March 2021, we’re delighted that over 1000 engineers have signed up to the hub to access free, confidential support and advice to improve their wellbeing.
The hub, which is being funded through our collaboration with Gattaca PLC, provides clinically approved resources and guidance for engineers and their families, on topics such as depression, stress and anxiety, financial issues, physical health and substance abuse.
Foothold’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Petit, said:
“We’re delighted that more than 1000 engineers around the world signed up to access our free Wellbeing Hub within the 12 months since it was launched. We developed the hub in response to a 40% rise in requests for mental health support in the last six months of 2020, with the aim of supporting as many people as possible within the engineering community to increase resilience to life’s challenges.
The fact that so many people have chosen to improve their wellbeing by accessing the hub shows what a valuable resource it is for ensuring they can continue to thrive, no matter what life throws at them. We’d like to once again thank Gattaca for their generous support which helped to make the hub a reality for engineers around the world.”
Matthew Wragg, Chief Executive Officer at Gattaca, commented:
“What an incredible milestone it is to have been able to help over 1000 engineers and their families through our collaboration with Foothold.
When we initially began fundraising for the Wellbeing Hub, it was in response to rising calls for mental health support during the pandemic. Now, as we begin to return to normal, the key message remains: mental health is just as important as maintaining your physical health. We are glad this vital resource will continue to benefit our community long into the future.”
To further strengthen our collaboration Gattaca and deliver on our shared objective to improve the wellbeing of the engineering community, we’re also proud to have partnered with therapist and coach Andy Thornton of Blue Sofa Therapy to offer free therapy sessions for Gattaca staff. So far, 25 individual sessions have been donated.
Gemma Timmis, Foothold’s Fundraising and Marketing Officer who oversees our collaborations with businesses, said:
“We’re proud to be working with Gattaca and Blue Sofa Therapy to bring wellbeing support and expertise to the engineering community whilst also empowering Gattaca’s staff to look after their own wellbeing.
We’d like to thank Andy for his involvement in this project, and look forward to how our collaboration with Gattaca will continue to develop over the coming years.”
Andy Thornton commented:
“I’m delighted to be able to support Foothold and Gattaca in this way. Looking after our mental wellbeing is so important and something that so many people neglect. These sessions offer people the opportunity to discuss and explore thoughts, worries or issues in a safe, non-judgmental way. For me it’s great to be able to make even a small difference in someone’s life.”
For free advice and support to improve your emotional, physical and financial wellbeing, you can join our Wellbeing Hub here.