Mental Health Awareness Week?

Employers up and down the country are seeking ways in which to raise the awareness within their businesses and reduce the stigma by putting on a number of activities or introducing new initiatives throughout May and beyond. Here I share with you a few things that you can consider as a business owner which will be low cost and easy to implement.

Connect
Social relationships are vital for promoting wellbeing. Promote different ways to make connections at work:

  • Encourage face to face (or even telephone) conversations instead of sending an email. (Emails between business colleagues can be crippling at the best of times)
  • Organise a group coffee break (maybe use the Time to Talk Pub Quiz to dispel some myths about mental health)
  • Promote group lunches once a month
Be active
Regular physical activity is known to improve mental health and reduce rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It doesn’t need to be a full work out for you to feel good. Here are a few ideas to try at work:
  • Promote lunch time walks, maybe in groups so people can ‘connect’ as well.
  • Encourage people to take the stairs rather than the lift
  • Organise a yoga or Tai Chi class

Take notice
Living in the moment and taking notice enhances wellbeing. Heightened awareness enhances self-understanding and allows us to make positive choices based on our own values and motivations. Activities to think about:

  • Have a ‘clear your clutter’ day
  • Lunch time group walk (Even better if you have a nearby park)
  • Promote the use of meditation and mindfulness apps like Headspace and Calm
Give
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
  • Desk drop – Leaving literature on colleagues’ desks at the end of the day means it is the first thing they see in the morning and can encourage conversations.
  • Encourage volunteering and community activities.
  • Consider fundraising for a mental health or local charity.
  • Make an organisational pledge to end mental health stigma
  • Join the Thunderclap for Mental Health Awareness Week

You can download a free resource pack from Mental Health Foundation here.

However you choose to get mental health on to the agenda, you can use an event as an opportunity to:

  • Get people talking about mental health and thinking about any stereotypes they hold about mental health problems and people who experience them.
  • Bring people with different experiences of mental health together in an environment of mutual respect.
  • Provide information about looking after your wellbeing and how to access support. Get people to talk about what has helped them.
  • Inspire people to work together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mentalhealth.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do!

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