World Mental Health Day

Resources for your Employees

We have collated some information and resources that can normalise the mental health conversation in the workplace. They are at your disposal to download and share with your employees

How much time do you spend on your mental health?

How Much Time Do You Invest In Your Mental Health

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Share this with employees and encourage them to respond with an answer. This is a simple way to engage with employees and help them realise how little time they might be applying to their mental health.

Key Places To Access Mental Health Support

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Here’s a resource you can share with your employees highlighting the key support services available. Reminding them to reach out even before they’re struggling is key, alongside highlighting the internal support you may already offer them.
Way to invest in your mental health

How Much Time Do You Invest In Your Mental Health

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Share this with employees and encourage them to choose something to focus on this week. Mental health is very individual, so finding what works for them is important. Sometimes we overcomplicate it, self care is sometimes as simple as taking some time out to bake, to go for a walk or to do some painting. This graphic suggests some ideas…

Need an example email to send out with the content?

We’ve put together some templates which could be used to support the documents that you can send out

Dear employees, 

Let’s talk mental health!

We are committed to creating a mentally healthy workplace. We want to ensure our workplace is somewhere people look forward to coming to every day, and where everyone feels supported. To help us achieve this, we are supporting World Mental Health Day (10th October 2020) and their campaign to increase investment in mental health so that support is accessible for all. 

Why is this important? 

It may surprise you that statistically, one in four of us is likely to be experiencing a mental health condition right now. This means that we need to help each other to prevent, support and manage mental ill health. 

Your wellbeing is important to us – it is part of our commitment to you. We also have a responsibility to make sure each and every one of you is safe while you’re at work, and that applies to both your mental and physical health. 

What will we be doing?

To mark World Mental Health Day 2020, we are {include details about what your organisation is specifically doing and signpost them to the key activity you want them to undertake}.

{At this point you could:

  • Ask for volunteers from across the business to form a working group, to develop and implement your plan.  
  • Seek feedback from employees – what is the business doing well? Where could it improve? What are some common stressors or challenges in the workplace? 
  • Depending on the size of your business, you could put together a short survey, speak to people informally – either individually or in meetings – or get employees to submit their written feedback in an ideas box.}

What can you do to help?

A big part of creating a mentally healthy workplace is ensuring we all take care of ourselves and each other. Here are some ideas of how you can do this:

Helping yourself: 

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Do things you enjoy
  • Connect with others

Helping others:

  • Express concern and offer practical help (do not force it)
  • Offer your time to listen
  • Reassure them
  • Be patient
  • Act as you usually would with that person, do not treat them differently
  • Let’s all make sure we support each other and work together to make this a truly great place to work.

{if attaching Graphic 1} We have attached to this email a question to leave you with: How much time do you invest into your mental health?

{if attaching Graphic 2} Finally, we understand it is not always easier to speak with the people you know about mental health. If you find yourself needing support or would like to signpost a friend to further support services, please see the attached helplines which are there to support you.

{sign off}

Dear employees,

10th October – World Mental Health Day: Save the date

World Mental Health Day is observed on the 10th of October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. This year we are joining them in their campaign to increase investment in mental health so that support is accessible for all.

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. We want everyone with a mental health problem to be free of fear and feel supported. That’s why, to mark World Mental Health Day 2020, we are {include details about what your organisation is specifically doing and signpost them to the key activity you want them to undertake}.

We would also love to hear your ideas on how we can support World Mental Health Day this year, so if you have any please contact {insert preferred contact or communication method}.

{if attaching Graphic 1} We have attached to this email a question to leave you with: How much time do you invest into your mental health?

{if attaching Graphic 2} Finally, we understand it is not always easier to speak with the people you know about mental health. If you find yourself needing support or would like to signpost a friend to further support services, please see the attached helplines which are there to support you.

{sign off}

Dear employees,

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY IS APPROACHING!

Since 1992, the World Health Organisation have recognised World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October each year. This year more than ever, we want to join them in raising awareness, supporting our colleagues, and reducing the stigma around mental health. The past few months have brought challenges to us all, which is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.

Mental Health for All
Greater Investment – Greater Access

We would like to invite you to join us in {include details about what your organisation is specifically doing and signpost them to the key activity you want them to undertake}.

Together we can break the stigma surrounding mental health.

{if attaching Graphic 1} We have attached to this email a question to leave you with: How much time do you invest into your mental health?

{if attaching Graphic 2} Finally, we understand it is not always easier to speak with the people you know about mental health. If you find yourself needing support or would like to signpost a friend to further support services, please see the attached helplines which are there to support you.

{sign off}

World Mental Health Activity ideas…

Scratching your head not knowing what to do? Here's our suggestions...

  • 1 Have a ‘Tea & Talk’ session where employees are encouraged to take a proper break to chat with their colleagues
  • 2 Provide ‘Good Mood Food’ as healthy snacks on the day (e.g. avocados, nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables etc.)
  • 3 Encourage movement – run a virtual exercise session (e.g. yoga) for all employees to take part in
  • 4 Advertise where employees can seek support for mental health
  • 5 Have a mental health quiz to see how much your employees really know about mental health
  • 6 Run some lunch and learn sessions on understanding mental health and how to improve it
  • 7 Partake in a group challenge or activity for charity – this encourages teamwork whilst doing something for a good cause
  • 8 Advertise World Mental Health Day throughout the office, e.g. on toilet doors, notice boards, kitchen fridges etc.
  • 9 Run ‘take a break’ sessions with your teams, e.g. a 5-minute stretch at your desk or a team walk.
  • 10 Arrange an external speaker to provide a talk on mental health and its importance. This could then facilitate or kick start internal talking sessions
  • 11 Adapt internal email signatures to show support for World Mental Health Day
  • 12 Create wellbeing packs for your employees, including things like information leaflets, stress balls etc.
  • 13 Share a statement about the organisations perspective on mental health – why are you supporting it, why it is important and what you are doing.