Mental health is a global issue

Mental health issues has become as big a global issue as climate change, claims BP CEO Bernard Looney.

He recently told The Times newspaper that companies need to end the stigma that surrounds mental health and “make it OK for people to not feel OK”.

He felt the pandemic has definitely made things worse. He has spent most of the last year or so working from home like many, and said “living on your own can be lonely”.

Looney stressed that everyone has had a challenging time and was concerned that there was still a high degree of shame surrounding mental health because “we are brought up in a world that’s more and more competitive”.

He explained: “Particularly in the past, in a male-dominated world, you have to be the best, you have to not show weaknesses, I think the opposite is true. Showing people you are a real person with real issues draws them closer to you.”