Abacus Trust Group Supports Isle Listen

Abacus Trust Group are delighted to have the opportunity to support Isle Listen as the staff selected Charity of the Quarter, raising the total sum of £763.20.

Every quarter Abacus staff nominate a local Isle of Man charity of their choice, with the aim to help improve the quality of life of people living in our community. All fundraising activities and staff salary contributions are proudly added towards a quarterly total and matched pound for pound by the Group.

Isle Listen is a charitable initiative that provides early intervention and prevention support across the Isle of Man in schools, the workplace and the wider community with a view to improving the approach to and perception of mental health.

As part of MCH Psychological Services, for over 35 years the charity has provided vital emotional and mental health support to people living with cancer or other life-changing conditions.

According to Isle Listen ‘one in eight 5-19 year old’s have a mental health problem and this continues to grow’, with these problems following many children into adulthood, ‘as 50% of all adult mental health problems developing by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24’ (UK Mental Health Foundation 2018).

Isle Listen aim to prevent this by taking vital action to ensure ‘everybody on the Isle of Man feels emotionally empowered and effectively supported with their mental health.’

Staff participated in a range of fun charitable activities throughout the period including an afternoon tea bake sale, company raffle and Euro’s sweep-stake tournament.

Janet Taylor – Community and Corporate Engagement Manager commented “I want to personally thank all the staff for selecting Isle Listen this quarter to receive the proceeds of all your fundraising and staff salary deductions.”

“By choosing to support us in this way, you are helping to bring about transformational change. Your thoughtful donation will help our charity work towards removing the stigma surrounding mental health; enabling more people of all ages on our Island to access our vital information and support, as well as helping people living with cancer and other life-changing conditions focus on their emotional wellbeing.”

Thank you to all Abacus staff on their efforts and for more information on Isle Listen including what they do, resources and how to get involved, visit their website: www.islelisten.im