Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation each year. A powerful initiative, its aim is to increase awareness of mental health challenges, fight the stigma surrounding those challenges and promote the message of good mental health for everyone.
This year, Mental Health Awareness Week falls between 13 – 19 May and focuses on body image. With a distressing one in eight adults admitting they have felt suicidal because of how they looked, it’s clearly a serious issue that needs to be addressed. Encouragingly, the campaign has successfully kicked off a flurry of conversations on social channels and beyond.
Of course, such discussions open up opportunities to talk about mental health in general – especially in the workplace. And, with it being widely recognised that supportive workplaces benefit employees, employers and business performance, there are so many reasons to do so.
But, as an employer or an employee, where do you start?
Our friends at mental health charity Mind have produced a series of insightful – and completely free – resources that can help you out. From understanding more about mental health to guidance on supporting colleagues who might be struggling, there is plenty of information to take advantage of.
You can find resources to support wellbeing in your workplace on the Mind website.