The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems exist in our lives, families, workplaces, and communities, impacting everyone. As individuals and as a society, we need to do as much as possible to prevent mental ill health. World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and to get help if you are struggling.
This year’s theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is: Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority. The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health. The day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.
Mental Health Within Our Workplace
Stress can have a massive impact on an individual’s mental health when working in the workplace. Having a supportive and cohesive working environment can have a great impact on an employee’s mental well-being. This is something that Natta fully understands. We aim to create a workspace where staff can have open discussions on the topic without facing stigma.
Back in April, we supported Stress Awareness Month helping to raise awareness of stress in our workforce and what causes it, as well as providing ways in which people can overcome stress and improve their mental health. With this in mind, we run monthly Staff Socials for our Head Office team to enjoy. It’s a great opportunity for people to get to know each other outside of work. We also have a gym and breakout room for employees to ‘work out’ some stress or simply take some needed time away from their desks.
Every year, during September, we celebrate Wellness Week. This is another great way to encourage employees to take care of themselves by taking part in fun activities and learning new ways in which they can continue to ensure their well-being. Whether it be health-related or stress management.
At CISTC, we provide Health and Safety Courses including a Mental Health First Aid Course (MHFA). This course qualifies employees as Mental Health First Aiders, giving them training on an in-depth understanding of mental health and what factors can affect well-being in a workplace. Including practical skills to recognise the triggers and signs of mental health.
12,000 Steps a Day in November Challenge
The Mental Health Foundation has created a ‘12,000 Steps a Day Challenge’. This is designed to get you moving and feeling physically and mentally healthy. As we know it can be harder for us to get outside during the winter months but exercising outdoors in nature may help prevent or reduce feelings of anger, fatigue, anxiety and sadness.
This challenge is free and takes place throughout November. You can complete your steps however you like, whether it’s out on a daily walk, on your commute, at the gym or walking around your house. There are lots of apps available for you to download and use to keep track of your steps. To help you stay motivated the Mental Health Foundation has created a Facebook group page, the 12,000 Steps a Day in November Challenge where you can join the supportive community group. Here, not only can you see what others are doing but also provides you with great tips, advice and support throughout this challenge.
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