Clayton Utz Donate to RRMH on National Ag Day.

Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm located in Brisbane, Queensland. Recently they held their National Ag Day morning tea and were very generous in donating the funds raised to Rural and Remote Mental Health. We caught up with Caitlin McConnel, Senior Associate, to discuss the background to the event and the reason for supporting Mental Health.

“National Ag Day is an initiative of the National Farmers Federation, providing an opportunity for all individuals to celebrate and learn about Australia’s incredible farm sector. Held on the third Friday of November each year, it’s one day to celebrate an industry that’s part of our lives every single day. NFF encourages individuals or organisations to host a lunch, BBQ, or event in celebration of National Ag Day to encourage awareness and conversation of the sector, “ said Caitlin.

“National Ag Day provides Clayton Utz with an opportunity to further support the industry through the distribution of funds to a rural or remote charitable organisation. As a result, the Brisbane office celebrates by hosting a morning tea for the office, with delicious food prepared by our dedicated catering team led by Grant Stanguts, where staff are encouraged to make a donation which is then matched by the CU Foundation.”

“Given Clayton Utz’s commitment to creating a mentally healthy workplace for its staff, the Clayton Utz Agribusiness & Food Industry group agreed that supporting a rural and remote mental health charity aligned with our values, in circumstances where poor mental health in rural Australia – just as in the legal profession – is rife.”

“We are a national law firm, therefore we wanted to support an organisation dedicated to improving the mental health and wellness of rural and remote individuals across Australia. As a result, given RRMH’s overarching and national role as a grassroots enabler of local, community-based literacy and suicide prevention training, it stood out as an organisation that would provide dedicated resources for all – which aligns very closely with our values.”

“Mental health and wellbeing is a key priority for Clayton Utz. We were a founding member of the Corporate Mental Health Alliance Australia, which is an alliance of Australian businesses dedicated to providing mentally healthy workplaces for our people. We were also the first law firm in Australia to appoint a full-time National Mental Health Manager, Emma Howard, who with her dedicated team informs the firm’s strategy and policies around creating a mentally health workplace at Clayton Utz.”

“We are leading by example in the corporate sector and given our deep connection to and involvement in the Australian agriculture sector, we want to ensure we are supporting mental health services in rural and remote areas also.”

RRMH thanks Clayton Utz for their donation and also congratulates them on the important steps they are taking to improve mental health within their own organisation as well as supporting mental well-being in general across Australia.