To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, we planned a series of fun activities to deliver a serious message: Your mental health matters. The campaign runs throughout May, aimed at staff throughout the business.
Across both sites, we turned our screens into mini mental health resource centres, displaying information about internal and external services, the signs of poor mental health to look out for in others, and a list of our mental health first aiders.
Last year, we launched the positive-tree, a tree on which people could hang positive affirmations and messages of gratitude. Due to the engagement last year, we have decided to revive the positivi-tree on a larger scale at our Jarrow office.
Our recent increase of staff means our tree will look even more impressive this year.
Our learning and development specialist Deb Keirl has produced mental health training for all managers to ensure they are well equipped to support their staff. Topics covered will include how to spot the signs of mental health changes in employees, and taking a positive approach to mental health challenges.
Our work around mental health has contributed to our Bronze Better Health At Work award, and ‘World Class to Work For’ status from Best Companies, which you can read more about here. It has also led to our Better Health At Work coordinator, Bex, to win Sunderland Health Advocate of the Year.
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