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Celebrating Pride Month with allyship and mental health support: A conversation with Katie, our PR Manager

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This Pride Month, we’re committed to celebrating diversity and creating a safe space for all. We sat down with Katie, our PR Manager, to discuss what being a good ally means to her, the importance of mental health support in the LGBTQ+ community, and how Agent promotes inclusion in the workplace.

What does being a good ally mean to you?

Katie explains, “Being a good ally to me means actively supporting and advocating for all people. This includes listening to and validating the experience of marginalised groups, whilst amplifying everyone’s voices and standing up against discrimination and prejudice.
“In my daily life, I demonstrate allyship by attending Pride events, educating myself on LGBTQ+ issues and using inclusive language in all aspects of my life, while challenging stereotypes and misconceptions.
“Additionally, I strive to create a safe and welcoming space for my LGBTQ+ friends and colleagues, and I make a conscious effort to be an active and vocal ally in all aspects of my life – whether it be in personal relationships, at work, or on my Instagram page which is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health.”

Why do you think mental health support is particularly important for the LGBTQ+ community?

“Mental health is something I am extremely passionate about and will never stop advocating for,” Katie tells us. “Proper support is absolutely imperative for everyone, but particularly for marginalised groups.
“Unfortunately, despite the world being much more progressive than it once was, many LGBTQ+ individuals face discrimination, stigma, and rejection simply for being who they are, which can significantly impact their mental wellbeing.
“For people experiencing this – my biggest piece of advice would be simply to know you are not alone. You are valued, loved , and absolutely needed in this world.”

What resources or self-care practices would you recommend for LGBTQ+ individuals?

Katie notes that, “In terms of self-care, I would recommend LGBTQ+ individuals to prioritise self-compassion. Don’t be afraid to speak out if you’re struggling. Throughout my own mental health journey, talking about my feelings has been the single biggest help. For me, it really is true that a problem shared is a problem halved.
“Some helpful practices include mindfulness, meditation, journaling and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation.
“Being creative is something that massively helps me and gives me something to be proud of. In addition to being a PR Manager, I love to draw on my iPad and I create posts on my Instagram page raising awareness mental health, using my illustrations.”
Katie's design of being a good person

Examples from Katie’s Instagram page,

Can you share some examples of how Agent celebrates diversity?

“Agent actively promotes diversity and inclusion, seeking out candidates from diverse backgrounds, including the LGBTQ+ community. This not only creates a more inclusive work environment, but also demonstrates a genuine commitment to supporting all employees, regardless of their identities.
“Additionally, Agent organises events that celebrate different identities, and perspectives, creating a sense of belonging for all employees. These efforts not only foster a more inclusive workplace, but also contribute to the overall well-being and mental health of employees and it is greatly appreciated.”

This Pride Month, Agent celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and the importance of allyship. We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for everyone, both within our team and the wider community. We encourage you to join us in celebrating diversity and advocating for mental health support for all.