This Mental Health Awareness Week, we are delighted to announce we are partnering with mental health charity Safe In Our World as part of its #LevelUpMentalHealth initiative.

Safe In Our World does impactful work to destigmatise mental health within the games industry, promoting positive discussions and providing tangible support to the wider community. But what does this mean for Sumo Group?

As a partner, we are committing to the following actions:

  • Continuing the roll out of a company-wide mental health support system.
  • Ensuring our teams can find accessible support
  • Pledging to support mental health within the industry.

The mental health and wellbeing of our people has always been of the utmost importance, and it is essential that our teams are confident their needs are being met - whatever they may be facing. Over the past 16 months we have trained a team of mental health first aiders across our studios in the UK, India and Vancouver – ensuring that our support system is accessible to everyone. These first steps have been crucial in recognising the importance of engaging in these discussions with our people and providing visible resources. Over the last 6 months, we’ve started to roll out Mental Health Awareness sessions to our Managers, ensuring they’re equipped to spot the signs of poor mental health, have open wellbeing conversations, are able to effectively listen and provide support – with the help of HR and professional support services where appropriate.

We are also continuing to develop our external support mechanisms across the Group, to support physical and mental wellbeing. In the UK we have a free, confidential Employee Assistance Programme available 24/7 for employees and their families - including easily accessible remote GP, Mental Health and Physiotherapy appointments. Pipeworks Studios in the US also have an Employee Assistance Programme in place.

While this is such an important foundation to have, we will continue to strive to be, and do, better.

“Joining Safe In Our World not only reflects the commitment we have already made to supporting our people, but also means that we will review our existing initiatives to look at where we can take them to the next level,” says Group Director of HR Karen McLoughlin. “Supporting the mental health and general wellbeing of our people is vital to ensure Sumo Group remains a positive work environment.

The company was founded on the belief that family, security, trust and collaboration are paramount, and that means no one gets left behind. We will continue to promote positive discussions around mental health internally and within our communities.”

As part of joining the campaign, Safe In Our World has created an employer's mental health toolkit, which is specifically designed for the games industry and was developed in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness.

This toolkit offers best practice guidance and empowers developers, publishers, and service providers to place positive mental health support at the forefront of their plans. This will be

instrumental in supporting us on the next stage of our journey, as we commit to positive change and seek to provide essential, ongoing support to our global teams and players.

To find out more about Safe In Our World and the #LevelUpMentalHealth initiative, visit: https://safeinourworld.org/level-up/