As you may already know, this week (May 13th – May 19th) is Mental Health Awareness Week. Looking after your mental health is so important, so we’re doing a couple of things to raise awareness and get involved.
The Green Ribbon Campaign
The green ribbon is the universal symbol for mental health awareness. By wearing one, you show support for the cause and also help to fund various mental health studies and programmes.
We have ordered a number of green ribbons to have in the reception area. If you’d like to show support and help out the Mental Health Foundation, please do buy one. All proceeds go towards improving the mental health of everyone in the UK.
One of our clients, Seddon Homes, is running a campaign for mental health awareness: Jordan’s Conversation. The campaign is meant to honour the memory of Jordan Bibby, one of their employees who sadly took his own life in 2017 at age 25.
As part of the campaign, Seddon has come up with a #Take10at10 initiative. This involves taking 10 minutes out of your workday to sit down and talk to your fellow colleagues. The main idea behind this was that nobody even knew Jordan was struggling, and maybe something as simple as a little chat could have made a difference.
In solidarity with Seddon, we’ll also be taking part in #Take10at10 at our office. If you’d like to take part, too, then simply take a picture of you and your teammates enjoying a cup of tea and a chat, using the hashtags #mentalhealthmatters, #itsoknottobeok and #starttheconversation.
Investing in proper training
The rising importance of mental health in the workplace is not something to take lightly, which is why we will be training 2 members of staff to be qualified mental health first aiders. As well as this, we will be ensuring that colleagues know what support is available to them. It all helps towards making our working environment more open, supportive and inclusive.
If you or someone you know is struggling with ill mental health, check out some of the resources available at the Mental Health Foundation.