PwC supports Mental Health through “Localise” and “Green Light to Talk” initiatives

PwC, together with Localise, a youth development organisation, hosted a fundraising ‘Walk & Talk”‘ fundraising event with the students from local school, St Laurence O’Toole’s, Seville Place, Dublin 1. The event was in support of The Oasis Centre, a mental health service who offer suicide intervention training, counselling services and mindfulness courses. The success of the project, which was in no small part due to the students’ determination and hard work, was demonstrated by the generous donations received.

Speaking at the event, Feargal O’Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC, said: 
“We are delighted to support Localise and the students in this important fundraising initiative and in doing so support the mental health services provided by ‘The Oasis Centre’ in the local community.  At PwC we recognise the importance of fostering a culture which encourages open conversations on mental health and empowers our people to ask for support when needed.  As always, working collaboratively on this project with the students in our local community was a positive experience both for our people and for the students as they develop their skills of communication, teamwork and project management – really important skills in both business and in life.”

Derek Cleary, Director of Services, Localise, added:

“We can see how the students have benefited from the project, which gave them the experience of working with a business and using their project management skills.  It is through working with local businesses such as PwC that communities can really grow and develop and this project showed the power of this collaboration.”


Green Light to Talk

Globally, May was Mental Health Awareness month. In PwC Ireland, they supported awareness through their Green Light to Talk programme, encouraging open conversations on mental health and creating a safe place to talk.Through the programme, PwC are aiming to foster an open culture to empower their people to ask for the right support.

PwC have supported the initiative through the following:

  • Providing Green Ribbons to all staff throughout the month of May.
  • Supporting “Time to Talk” day on Friday 4 May, asking staff to make a conscious effort on this day to create an open environment in your team and encourage your colleagues to value their mental health, embedding their Green Light to Talk programme.
  • Offering sponsored places on the annual “Darkness into Light” walk in aid of Pieta House, a national suicide charity.
  • Former Irish rugby player Alan Quinlan delivered a lunchtime talk on Thursday 24 May, on his own personal experience of mental ill-health.
  • Promoting the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – a free and confidential service that provides employees and their family members with immediate help and support 24 hours a day, 365.
  • Finally, along with landmarks nationwide, the Spencer Dock HQ office turned green every evening during May to mark Mental Health Month.
  • Sharing the “This is Me” video, created by our PwC UK colleagues, featuring people from the UK offices sharing their honest stories on mental health

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