The 10th of May marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, which is an awareness campaign recognised by a number of leading mental health charities.
The campaign aims to promote positive wellbeing, teach people how to recognise signs of mental ill-health, and break the negative stigma surrounding mental health.
The theme of this year's campaign is "Nature". During the pandemic, many of us turned to nature as a way of maintaining positive wellbeing, and studies suggest that 45% of people found green spaces vital for their mental wellbeing.
How to get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week
There are lots of ways that you can get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week, and taking part simply requires your organisation to actively promote positive wellbeing. Whether that is through activities, or any other means, the best way to take part is by ensuring that you are engaging your employees.
Here’s a couple of ways that we can help you get involved in Mental Health Awareness Week…
Create your own Strava competition
It’s evident that nature is of the utmost importance when it comes to taking care of an individual's wellbeing.
Knowing this, we ran an internal competition through April in hopes of getting our staff out of the house and experiencing their natural surroundings. Using the running app, Strava, we invited participating employees to a group where we could keep track of how many kilometres they had run or walked for the month.
Participants were placed into groups, and the group who registered the most kilometers would win a prize, as well as the individual with the most kilometers.
However, the main piece of motivation for the participants was knowing that iHASCO would donate 25p to our charity partner, Raise Your Hands, for every kilometer we ran! In total, we raised over £634!
In order to raise this much money, we collectively ran/walked the equivalent distance of our head office to Barcelona… and back!
Your organisation could run a similar competition for Mental Health Awareness Week to encourage staff to make the most of nature. If tight budgets are stopping you from offering prizes/donations, you could advertise the competition prize as the ultimate office bragging rights!
Our Wellbeing Challenge Week
To help our clients celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, we have created a wellbeing challenge, helping them promote wellbeing to their employees via our online course.
By completing any course from our Mental Health & Wellbeing Training bundle, users could be in with a chance of winning hundreds of pounds worth of prizes!
Promoting useful resources
We offer a number of free-to-download resources that can help employees manage their mental wellbeing, or help employers support employees in doing so.
Some of our most popular resources include a Wellness Action Plan, our Guide to Mental Health & Wellbeing, and our Anxiety Ladder.
Additionally, we have written a number of blogs surrounding mental wellbeing at work that can be of use to both employers and employees.
These blog titles include:
- 5 simple strategies for workplaces to implement for better mental health
- Why sleep is important for your mental health
- UK workers report placing greater importance on their mental health than physical health
- How can I bring my staff up to speed with key HR & Wellbeing topics quickly and cost-effectively?
Here at iHASCO, we know that there are countless benefits that come from informing employees about mental ill-health at work and how to manage their own wellbeing.
Our Mental Health & Wellbeing Training bundle helps employees to understand how to identify & deal with mental ill-health at work.
The bundle covers key areas surrounding mental wellbeing, and includes course titles like:
- Mental Health Awareness Training
- Resilience Training
- Stress Awareness & Management Training
- Managing Anxiety Training
You can claim your free, no-obligation trial to any of the courses today!