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Business News of Friday, 12 November 2021


UBA Foundation raises awareness on mental health

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UBA Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of the United Bank for Africa Plc, has kicked off a week-long series of activities aimed at raising mental health awareness among workers and customers.

During a panel session on wellness at the workplace, the foundation said studies revealed that over 19 per cent of adults struggled with their mental health every year.

It said the majority of those affected were reluctant to speak out and seek help for fear of stigmatisation.

According to a statement, UBA Foundation, through the panel discussion, sought to address the challenges that individuals face and how it has now become important to create consciousness and prioritise the general well-being of employees and clients.

The Group Managing Director, UBA, Kennedy Uzoka, while delivering his goodwill message at the event, emphasised the importance of wellness and mental health.

He stressed the need for more organisations to ensure that the mental health of their staff and families were taken more seriously.

He said, “UBA has always engaged in a lot of ground-breaking initiatives and the issue of mental health is important to us.

“We have found that people do not want to talk about mental health because they think it is bad, but the truth is that you can only get good productive people when challenges like these are addressed and I am so happy that this has commenced here.”

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, UBA Foundation, Bola Atta, highlighted UBA’s goal to remain the best place to work.

She noted that the bank was championing the narrative that mental health issues should not be swept under the carpet.

Atta, who is also UBA’s group head of corporate communications, said, “We want to create a workplace environment where people feel comfortable and encouraged to seek help when necessary so that they can give the best of themselves in their respective roles."