MIIndful Wellbeing Support Network

In 2020, the Insurance Institute of Manchester launched the MIIndful Support Network due to the ever-increasing need and importance that the topic of mental health has on our day to day lives.

The complicated demands of the workplace and everyday life can be challenging, and we are here to provide a supportive community that actively promotes positive and healthy wellbeing and mental health.

The objective of the group is to encourage wellbeing and mental health to be openly talked about, and to be a reference point for support and guidance to institute members, if needed.

All members of the group listed below are trained in Mental Health First Aid, and can signpost you to organisations for support, if required. However, they can just be a port of call for someone to talk to if or when the time comes. Most importantly, our network is here to offer a confidential, non-judgemental space.

In addition, the network organises several wellbeing and mental health events throughout the year, promoting discussion and positive engagement with topics such as self-harm, suicide, loneliness, meditation, anxiety and burnout, all of which have been covered via webinars and sessions in the last year alone.

These events are led by mental health professionals who can give you active, practical techniques to strive for better mental health, wellbeing and work-life balance. You will also have the opportunity to connect with likeminded peers from across the industry. Webinars have been complemented by in person events too, such as random acts of kindness day which give an opportunity for members to get involved with the network itself. Upcoming events can be found on the events section of the website, so keep an eye out for future sessions regarding mental health and wellbeing.

We actively welcome new members on an ongoing basis, so if you want to get involved in the network, please send an e-mail to the Committee Chair, Karen Shenton (listed below), who will be happy to speak to you..

Andrew Panayioutou

Wellbeing Supporter

Cath Hulme

Wellbeing Supporter

Jonathan Bates

Wellbeing Supporter

Jordan Haskayne

Wellbeing Supporter

Scott Winn

Wellbeing Supporter

Adrian Golifer

Wellbeing Supporter

Jordan Hurst

Wellbeing Supporter

Karen Shenton

Wellbeing Supporter

Simon Derbyshire

Wellbeing Supporter

Eilis Sweeney

Wellbeing Supporter


Emergency services: 999 (Police, Fire, Ambulance)

The Samaritans: 116 123 (Suicidal Thoughts)

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably): 0800 58 58 58 (Mental Health Support)

SHOUT: Text 85258 (Mental Health Support)

Refuge: 0808 2000 247 (Domestic Violence)

Useful websites for specific concerns:


Alcoholics Anonymous: Website

BetKnowMore: Website

GamCare: Website

Alcohol Change: Website

Gamblers Anonymous: Website


Cruse Bereavement: Website

Child Death Helpline: Website

Child Bereavement UK: Website

SAMM (Support after Murder or Manslaughter): Website

Papyrus (After suicide): Website

Winston's Wish: Website


National Bullying Helpline: Website

National Stalking Helpline: Website

Rights of Women Helpline: 020 7490 0152 (sexual harassment)

Emotional Resilience

Support Line: Website

Women's Aid: Website

Victim Support: Website

Refuge: Website

Family Support

Relate: Website

Carers UK: Website

Young Minds: Website

Family Lives: Website

Mental Health

Samaritans: Website

Saneline: Website

Calmzone: Website

Shout: Website

Mind: Website

Rethink: Website

Action for Happiness: Website

Heads Together: Website

Campaign to End Loneliness: Website

Together: Website

Hub of Hope: Website

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