Ever felt there wasn't enough good news in the world of financial advice? Never fear - here's Professional Adviser's weekly round-up of all things positive happening in the profession to brighten up your week …
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Music teacher Diana Lee was fast-tracked to a private therapist with the help of Holloway Friendly, after she was signed off work with stress, and her dad had a stroke.
Lee had initially ignored all the warning signs, and continued to work from home, despite being told to take some time off. It was then that her father had a "catastrophic stroke" and she had "another burnout".
As well as being fast-tracked to a private therapist, the financial burden of having to pay the mortgage was taken away by the insurer's income protection plan.
"After three months of therapy with Jane, my self-confidence was returning and I felt able to perform in concerns again," she added.
The City Mental Health Alliance has set up Thriving From The Start, a mental health community network for graduates.
Managed by people new to the industry, the network will aim to provide a supportive community for people starting their careers in banks, law firms, insurers and accountancy firms. It is hoped the community will encourage younger City workers to feel safe and comfortable to speak openly about mental health issues, while sharing their experience of challenges they may have encountered and since overcome.
Philip J Milton is joining forces with the Personal Finance Society (PFS) under its 'Discover Fortunes' financial education programme. Chartered advisers Philip Milton, Felix Milton and Elizabeth Webb have committed to act as education champions at local secondary schools - among 400 PFS members to have volunteered to represent the Devon and Cornwall contingent.
Inverness-based advice firm Watson Wood Financial Planning has become a Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment accredited business, joining a list of just 72 firms to have that status.
Watson Wood director Kevin Wood (pictured left, with Kirsty Watson and Allan Sillars) said: "For any financial planning firm, accredited status is an affirmation of the high-quality proposition offered to clients. It also reflects the professionalism and expertise our clients receive, day in and day out. We were delighted to meet the rigorous criteria firms must adhere to before attaining accredited status."
Adviser Darren Lloyd Thomas of Welsh firm Thomas and Thomas, and Isle of Wight-based advice firm Ayres Punchard, have been named among the winners of Worthstone's inaugural Impact Awards, which celebrate the people driving progress in the sector.
Informed Choices is sponsoring the seventh annual Jigsaw 10k Run at Dunsfield Park on 25 November. The race is to raise money for the Jigsaw Trust which works with children and young adults affected by autism. The firm has been a keen supporter of the Jigsaw Trust since 2011 with an expected 450 runners for this year's event, raising around £10,000 for the charity.
Other good news
Blackrock has confirmed it will retain London as its European headquarters after the UK leaves the European Union next year. The asset management giant employs around 3,000 people in the UK - three times more than its staff in continental Europe - and London is the firm's EMEA headquarters.
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