How will your organisation mark Mental Health Awareness week?
The Mental Health Foundation have chosen 'nature' as their theme for awareness week this year.
According to their research, going outside for walks was one of our top coping strategies during the pandemic, with 45% of us reporting that being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health.
If you're lucky enough to live in the South West, as we are, we're spoiled for choice as to where we can go to connect with nature, whether it's a moorland ramble, a paddle in the sea, a cycle along one of our river or canal paths or a quiet sit on a favourite bench with a beautiful view - and it's so good for the soul to get out there!
So how could you support the mental health of your team next week? Here are three ideas;
Connect / Talk!
We can all do a lot more to support each others mental health, simply by talking. Ask a team member how they are, how they've been coping through the pandemic, offer moral support, show appreciation for their contribution to a project, say thank you for a job well done or for a thoughtful gesture, raise them up or make them laugh!
Encouraging your team to take daily short breaks in the fresh air before, during or after work can clear our heads, change our state of mind, provide the opportunity for social interaction (essential if we are working alone from home), whilst also delivering the many health benefits that come with taking some exercise.
Follow the lead of one of our other clients and book your team a series of bite-sized online learning sessions to provide more understanding around mental health. They've chosen sessions on recognising mental health conditions, knowing when and how to offer a colleague help and understanding how to look after their own mental health.
As for our team, next week we plan to make a conscious effort to step away from our phones and laptops each lunchtime and take a short stroll. It's something that we always mean to do, but often dismiss as deadlines, incoming emails and ringing phones take priority. Next week we plan to do better.
If you want to find out about the wellbeing learning sessions we offer, please get in touch, but whatever you do next week, get in the habit of making mental health (yours and your teams) a priority.
The Crisp Team
Shaun, Sam, Helen, Roselle, Aileen & Sam
If you're interested in finding out more about our training around mental health, click on the links below: