Double Olympic gold-winning skeleton racer and the most successful British winter Olympian ever, Lizzy Yarnold, is the latest sports star to feature in a video supporting Legal & General’s “Not a Red Card Offence” campaign, launched to encourage action in tackling the stigma surrounding talking about mental health in the workplace.
The sport personality joins former rugby union World Cup winner Will Greenwood and a host of other stars, including Gabby Logan, Robbie Savage, International rugby union referee Nigel Owens and Olympic champions Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, who supported the campaign during its successful launch last year.
By using the power of sport and iconic sports stars to share their own experiences with mental illness, Legal & General hopes to make positive steps in encouraging businesses to take action in protecting their employees’ mental health through open discussion.
A survey from Legal & General’s 2017 Not A Red Card forum found that 48% of business leaders didn’t feel their employees would confide in a colleague if they were struggling with their own mental wellbeing, even though 84% said that mental health has personally impacted their performance at work.
Lizzy Yarnold said: “Mental ill-health doesn’t discriminate, no matter who you are, where you work, or how old you are, so it’s fantastic to be involved in the ‘Not A Red Card’ campaign to get people talking and thinking about mental health. It’s vital that people don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed if they experience a mental health issue. Accepting your own limitations and speaking openly about it is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness, so it’s crucial we do more to ensure people feel comfortable to talk about their mental health without fear of stigma. From my own experience, having a good support network is absolutely essential to your mental strength, so by fostering open and supportive cultures in the workplace we can make sure that everyone has access to the help they need, when they need it most.”