Legal & General will offer its support to mental health and suicide awareness charity Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention (CLASP)'s ‘Walking out of darkness' event.
The ‘Walking out of darkness' event is a ten mile walk along the Thames Path from Bernie Spain Gardens to Battersea Park where activities will take place.
Duncan Finch, executive managing director, insurance at Legal & General said: "Mental health is an issue that cannot be ignored.
"It is now the largest cause of income protection claims we receive from people of working age who are unable to work for periods of time due to stress, anxiety, depression or other forms of mental illness.
"Our 2014 claims data clearly shows that nearly 20% of all income protection claims were due to mental illness, all of which were paid.
"We need to re-frame the debate around mental health. According to the Mental Health Foundation, mental health issues now account for 15% of the UK's overall disease burden.
Kenny Johnston, founder & CEO of CLASP Charity said: "Many people find it difficult to discuss mental health, as they feel they are revealing a weakness which others will use against them.
"Often other people don't know how to react or where to seek assistance when they know of someone in distress and in turn, they prefer to not confront or listen, which can cause isolation and vulnerability for the sufferer.
Johnston added: Our hope is that days like ‘Walking out of Darkness' will help more people find the confidence to engage and seek assistance."
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