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Mental Health Awareness Week – OSB Group leads the way with colleague support

As a leading specialist lender in the UK, OSB Group understands the importance of nurturing a diverse, equal and inclusive environment for colleagues, customers and the communities around them.

One year on from the launch of OSB Group’s initial Mental Health support programme for colleagues, there are now 38 qualified Mental Health First Aiders spread across their locations.

This week marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week running from 15th to 21st May 2023 with this year’s theme centred on the impact of the cost of living crisis on people’s mental health. The 38 strong team of volunteer Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to listen without judgement and signpost available support via both professional and charitable organisations.



Running alongside this hands on support, are a variety of courses that colleagues can sign up to and range from ‘Every Mind Matters’, ‘Stress Management Techniques’ and ‘Wellness Action Plans’.

As the increased cost of living continues, OSB Group recognises the financial impact this may have on colleagues and has allocated an additional cost of living payment to all staff beneath senior management level again in 2023. Internal webinars have also been developed to help colleagues with budgeting and highlight everyday hacks that could help reduce costs.

Jon Hall, Group Managing Director, Mortgages and Savings, OSB Group said “Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight available support and encourage conversations to flow but it’s also important to ensure our colleagues feel supported all year round as they are the key to our success at OSB Group and their health and wellbeing is a central focus. Helping colleagues when they need it most is critical and I am extremely proud of the range of support OSB Group offers.


Our Mental Health First Aiders programme goes from strength

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“Pony Express” riders take mental health support letters to state Capitol

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A group of “Pony Express” riders made a pit stop in Cody Park Thursday afternoon on their way across Nebraska.

The group, riding motorcycles instead of horses, arrived around 1:45 p.m., escorted by North Platte Police Investigator Lisa Citta.

There they picked up letters to be delivered to state officials in support of mental health services for families and children.

The riders started in Scottsbluff Wednesday and were collecting letters in several cities along the way. They plan to arrive at the Capitol in Lincoln by 1:30 p.m. Saturday to deliver the letters and celebrate with food, booths and activities for children and families.

The letters will go to Lt. Gov. Joe Kelly, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Interim Director Tony Green and DHHS Chief Operating Officer Larry Kahl.

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Families 1st Partnership, a local nonprofit organization that coordinates a variety of services for families, provided lunch for the group.

“These riders donate all of their time and their money for their gas, their lodging, time off work and everything” said Holly Stevens, the group’s coordinator, “and so when someone is willing to feed us, that helps us be able to do it.” Janssen Motor Group provided a support trailer, which Stevens said was also important and very appreciated.

Families 1st Partnership also collected letters from local people for the riders to take to the Capitol. They have been lending similar support to the group for four years, said Families 1st Executive Director Caroline Sabin.

“I have children of my own that had to advocate for services” that were not readily available in rural areas, Stevens said. That motivated her to organize the first ride about 16 years ago. It brought together her “love of motorcycles, the (original)

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