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Laing+Simmons tackle mental health

Laing+Simmons has struck a new partnership with Making Meditation Mainstream to bring mediation to local people and help tackle the challenges of mental health in the community.

Each Saturday at sunrise, Making Mediation Mainstream takes members of the community through a peaceful, and free, mediation experience.

Since launching in 2018 on the Northern Beaches, the movement now operates from 14 different locations across the country.

“Improving mental health outcomes for people in the Laing+Simmons family, including our team members, our customers and the communities in which we operate, is something we’re emotionally invested in,” Laing+Simmons Managing Director, Leanne Pilkington said.

“It makes sense for us to formalise a partnership with an organisation which shares the same values and, importantly, offers a solution.

“Our head office staff as well as people from our Northern Beaches teams actively participate in the initiative. Societal mental health challenges have been exacerbated by the pandemic to lead many people to experience feelings of anxiety, stress, isolation, depression and more.

“By supporting Making Mediation Mainstream, which in turn supports Lifeline, we can make a tangible effort to provide a solution which some people will be able to derive real, transformative benefits from,” she said.

“We are trying to dispel the view that meditation is only for certain people with certain interests, or that it’s linked to religion or spirituality,” explains Jason Partington, founder of Making Meditation Mainstream.

“It’s actually for everyone. Our vision is to bring meditation to the community in a different way that’s inclusive, safe and welcoming.

“After speaking with several real estate groups, we felt that Laing+Simmons was the best fit culturally, our values were aligned, and we could see they had a genuine interest in helping the local community.

“This partnership will support our efforts to expand our movement to new communities across Australia and internationally, making good on our ambition to be part of the solution.”

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