National Play Day - Raising awareness
July 24 2018Read more
On the 10th of October 2022, the world acknowledges World Mental Health Day (WMHD). This day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the globe and promote positive change for mental health advocacy.
Hosted by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), WMHD was observed for the first time in 1992 to promote the prevalence of mental health issues and educate the public on proactive treatment methods.
This year, the WFMH has chosen “make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority” as the theme. As an employer, you must take this opportunity to prioritise your employee’s health and wellbeing, helping them become happier, healthier and more productive.
Currently, 1-in-6 workers deal with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or stress. When overlooked, these problems can lead to burnout, loss of concentration and poor decision-making amongst employees – limiting their ability to contribute meaningfully to their professional lives.
Estimates show that approximately 12% of sick leave in the UK is attributed to some form of mental illness. As a result, poor mental health can negatively impact your organisation, leading to decreased staff productivity and loss of revenue. To counteract this, your organisation must tackle these issues head-on, supporting your staff – and your business.
In recognition of WMHD 2022, we’re urging businesses to make a conscious effort to celebrate and create a workplace that enriches the health and wellbeing of all employees. Read on to discover how your business can celebrate WMHD:
Sometimes, the best place to learn about workplace wellbeing is the workplace. As an employer, you should educate your workforce about the importance of wellbeing in the workplace. World Mental Health Day is an ideal time to offer this education.
These workshops function as an educational tool and usually involve an external professional: an expert who can teach your employees and organisation how to deal with mental health problems and boost workplace wellbeing. They frequently draw from their own experiences to provide information that resonates with employees.
Networks bring employees together and aid connection; it could be a book club, pride network or football team. These groups provide a sense of community and belonging between employees. When employees have a positive sense of connection at work, it improves morale, retention and wellbeing.
Tea & Talk: a national fundraising event which takes place on World Mental Health Day each year. All you have to do is get together a group of colleagues, put the kettle on and invite them to donate to the Mental Health Foundation.
Over the last decade, it has become standard practice for organisations to use social media to attract clients and market products. Social media also offers a great outlet to raise awareness and offer support.
By using the hashtag #worldmentalhealthday and following the WFMH’s social accounts – you can educate your followers and promote wellbeing in the workplace. And remember, these campaigns should aim to raise awareness, not profits.
Show your support for mental health and join the Mental Health Foundation’s movement by ordering a green ribbon badge here. All proceeds go towards finding and addressing the sources of mental health problems.
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