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My journey as a Mental Health Ambassador

Nadia shares how her personal experiences with mental health encouraged her to become actively involved in several wellness initiatives at Publicis Sapient London.

Nadia Hussain
Nadia Hussain

I’ve been at Publicis Sapient for 5 years, beginning my career here as a Consultant within our Customer Experience and Innovation team. As a member of that team, I learned from intelligent, passionate, and driven people. Those who know me, know I love giving back and when the opportunity arose where I could permanently give back through a role on the Early Careers team, I jumped at the chance. I’ve now been the UK Early Careers Lead for almost a year and I absolutely love it! It is fulfilling to help shape the experience of our grads, interns, and apprentices.

Did I mention we are hiring for 2021 grads?

Mental health is also a topic very close to my heart - I’ve seen how it can affect people in both my personal and professional life. Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma around mental health and mental illness, so a big part of what I want to do is destigmatise it and create an environment and culture where people feel safe and supported when it comes to their mental wellbeing.

I’m proud that Publicis Sapient invests in the wellbeing of employees and am actively involved in our recently launched Business Resource Group called Headline, whose mission is to focus on mental health and wellness.

Publicis Sapient provides many resources to support mental health, but a lot of the work we do within Headline is around awareness, destigmatisation, and equipping our colleagues with the skills and tools to take control of their own mental health & wellbeing. While mental health is always important, everyone is struggling that extra bit due to COVID, so we need to help and support each other as much as we can.

Headline helps to organise activities for our employees and has arranged dedicated, trained mental health ambassadors available to all employees. From yoga sessions to nutrition talks and even laughing workshops; we try to be as varied, informative, and fun as possible. Last year, we even transformed our beautiful downstairs coffee space into a Blue Monday Interactive Stories Exhibition.

 

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To mark World Mental Health Day colleagues were given a day off to focus on mental wellbeing.

We showcased the collective stories of what they did on the day through a rich, creative and immersive exhibition.

 

I’ve also been co-lead of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme which has been incredibly rewarding. Our CSR work supports great causes like The First Love Foundation by raising money in many creative ways – something which the Publicis Sapient community is very good at! And the best part – every UK employee receives one day per year to focus on CSR activities.

I’m often asked by candidates why Publicis Sapient is a great place to work. My answer is absolutely, for the work, the people, and the culture. There is so much opportunity here with the variety of projects you’ll get to work on for huge global brands, whilst also working alongside and learning from so many diverse and talented minds whether creative, technology, or strategy.

Feel free to connect with me if you would like to hear more – hope this has given you a sneak preview of the great things we are doing at Publicis Sapient London!

Nadia Hussain
Nadia Hussain
UK Early Careers Lead
Nadia is our Early Careers Lead based in London. As well as a real love for elephants and watching movies (although she hates the movie Dumbo), Nadia is a self-confessed sci-fi nerd! She is always looking out for recommendations so please drop her a note if you have any.

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