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#AnxietyArch - Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) #AnxietyArch campaign

ABS Anxiety Arch Campaign - In Review

At the beginning of 2019 Architect's Benevolent Society (ABS) launched its call to action #AnxietyArch campaign, which focused on the mental wellbeing of architectural professionals and students.

Each month they delivered a new theme highlighting a cause to an individual’s mental health and wellbeing. These themes ranged from wellbeing in the workplace, to education, finance to women in the architectural professions among others. They received some great content from their supporters, sharing their personal stories, articles identifying pressure points and sharing tips, advice and coping strategies

Their goals for the campaign were as follows:

  • To raise £25,000 to assist in funding mental health support through Anxiety UK
  • provide support through Anxiety UK to 100 people
  • deliver Wellbeing workshops to 10 practices and universities in collaboration with RIBA
  • run a pilot which funds Mental Health First Aid training for architectural course staff in universities, so they can be ‘mental health champions’.
  • encourage people to talk openly about mental health issues
  • promote good practice in terms of looking after themselves, their colleagues, their employees and their families
  • know where they can access help if they need it.

Throughout the campaign ABS encouraged supporters to raise awareness and create their own fundraising events. Many supporters and ambassadors contributed to their fundraising total with events like the ArchiVelo cycle ride from Glasgow to London, or Chris Williamson of WestonWilliamson+Partners, who supported them when he ran the London Marathon. They also linked annual events to this campaign, including The Chicken Run, Bake the World a Better Place and Time2Sketch. In total, the campaign exceeded the charity's target and raised a staggering £43,000! This money will go a long way in continuing to support those in the professions and students who turn to the Society of mental health support.

Source: Architects Benevolent Society