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Kingsley Napley marked Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 by unveiling a new Black Dog sculpture, named KNine.
The 3ft fibreglass statue, part of SANE’s successful Black Dog Campaign, will stand proudly at Kingsley Napley's London office, to remind staff about the importance of talking about mental ill-health.
Kingsley Napley has chosen the national mental health charity SANE as one of its charity partners for two years, and has commissioned their very own Black Dog statue as part of its commitment to raising awareness.
The Black Dog has been used from classical mythology through medieval folklore to modern times as a universal metaphor for depression: Sir Winston Churchill famously used it to describe his darker moods. It forms the basis for SANE’s campaign to raise awareness of depression and other mental illnesses, enable people to find a more accessible language in which to express inner feelings of anxiety, loneliness or despair, and encourage them to seek help.
Imposing sculptures of Black Dogs wearing coats designed by artists, celebrities or others stand on a plinth featuring SANEline and other sources of help. Placed in business foyers, public parks and shopping centres in towns and cities throughout the UK, they also tour workplaces, schools and universities.
KNine is the 11th member of SANE’s pack of dogs, joining statues currently at sites such as Scotland’s Rural College in Ayr, Clifford Chance in Canary Wharf and St Andrews University.
KNine’s coat design was created by Stacey Winstone, a Personal Assistant in Kingsley Napley’s Dispute Resolution team, and his name was suggested by Rebecca Ryan, a trainee at Kingsley Napley, and decided by a firm wide vote among a number of suggestions.
A spokesperson from Kingsley Napley said:
“We are delighted to support SANE and the incredible and tireless work they do for mental health, both in terms of raising awareness, research and various ways of providing helplines for those whose lives depend on it. We proudly adopt KNine, one of SANE’s Black Dogs, and he will serve as a reminder to us all that both mental and physical illnesses need support and empathy. We are committed to providing support for any member of staff who experiences a mental health illness and to developing and maintaining a culture whereby everyone feels able to discuss these issues without fear of prejudice or discrimination.”
Staff at Kingsley Napley have been getting creative in their fundraising for SANE with a wide range of activities throughout the year. Last month, 12 staff members donned sequins and costumes and danced with experienced dancers after months of training at the Strictly Come KN competition, inspired by the hit show Strictly Come Dancing. Former Strictly professional and SANE champion Robin Windsor scored the contestants on a night which raised in excess of £16,000 for the firm’s two charities, SANE and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of SANE, said:
“We are thrilled that Kingsley Napley have adopted our Black Dog with such enthusiasm. We hope KNine will be as powerful as his colleagues in liberating language so that people who may be ashamed or afraid feel able to talk and not alone.”
KNine was unveiled at a company lunch on Monday, 14th May. The Black Dog was delivered by SANE’s new partners AnyVan, who have volunteered to transport the charity’s statues across the UK for free in their ‘Magic Van’.
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