#AskTwice: Why the industry needs to talk more about mental health

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Investment Week editor Lauren Mason

Saturday marked World Mental Health Day. This year's theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, was "mental health for all", and perhaps this is of particular poignance this year given that we are all living through the Covid-19 crisis together (well, apart) and coming to terms with what has become "the new normal".

That does not mean everyone is coping with this new environment in the same way. As Dr Chi-Chi Obuaya explained in his article for Investment Week last month, "we are in the same storm but occupying different boats". According to an ONS survey, almost 20% of people experienced depression during a ten-day period in June, compared to just 10% for the entire nine months running up to March 2020. Less than one month later, some members of the asset management industry tentatively began making their way back into the office as restrictions were eased. For some, this was a welcome break ...

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