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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 - Useful Resources

Date: 14 May 2019

This week see’s the return of Mental Health Awareness Week; a fantastic yearly campaign that looks to raise awareness of Mental Health and encourages the population to talk - making conversations about mental health part of everyday life.

Encouraging conversations and looking after the mental health of employees can have some significant impacts on the workplace and your business. Tackling the stigma surrounding mental health and creating a supportive and open culture can make a real difference to sickness absence rates, presenteeism levels, staff wellbeing, productivity, and retention.

We’ve put together a list of mental health websites and resources that can support you in creating a positive and open culture when it comes to mental health in the workplace.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week Resources:

You can find a large range of resources on the Mental Health Foundation website to help you run a campaign within your workplace - from posters to booklets to social media graphics. There are also some fantastic publications including ‘How to support good mental health at work’, ‘how to manage and reduce stress’, and ‘how to sleep better’.

 

Time to Change – Employer Pledge:

By signing the Employer Pledge you demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported. Time to Change will then work with you to develop an action plan to get your employees talking about mental health.

 

Mental Health at Work:

Whether you work with 10 people, 10,000 people or just yourself, paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. Mental Health at Work is here to help you find the information and resources you need.

 

Mental Health for Small Workplaces toolkit:

We know that there are unique challenges, as well as unique opportunities, that come with working in smaller businesses. Mental Health at Work have put together a collection of resources designed to help, focused on Mind’s new, free and quick eLearning.

 

How to beat stress and keep the mind healthy:

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, the British Safety Council has launched a series of wellbeing videos containing exercises and advice to help workers beat stress and maintain good mental health.

 

Mates in Mind:

Mates in Mind aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in construction and related industries across the UK.

 

Construction Industry Helpline:

The statistics are grim, two construction workers take their own life every single working day and stress, anxiety and depression currently accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness.

This free mental health app will provide vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.

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"The beach games were amazing - the weather was horrendous, but the day was brilliant - it was a great way of getting to know colleagues from other departments, and what better way than over a game of footie!" - Jacquie Pilcher, Extra Care Coordinator, Coastline Housing Ltd

Top Tip

“When we think of young people’s health, we think of schools being a key space for engagement, for adults the workplace is a similar space”- Dr Justin Varney, Public Health England Programme Lead for Health and Work.

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