Mental Health Awareness Week was conceived by the Mental Health Foundation, an organisation founded in 1949. Every year, the second week in May has become one of the most significant mental health awareness observances in the country.
‘’This is an important week which educates and increases awareness about mental illness. Many people find that working is good for their mental health. A job can help you look after your mental health by providing:
- a source of income
- a sense of identity
- contact and friendship with others
- a steady routine and structure
- opportunities to contribute and gain skills
Emotional and mental health is important because it is a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.’’ – Mind.org.uk
Our take on Mental Health:
We have an open-door policy with the purpose to encourage open communication, feedback, and discussions about any matter of importance to an employee. Employees can take their workplace concerns, questions, or suggestions outside their own chain of command without worry. We treat mental illness seriously, and aim to identify issues proactively, resolve them and support employees who face mental health problems. Often, it is easier to reach out to a colleague instead of a Supervisor or HR. We actively encourage our colleagues to support one another.
We can all work to define mental health issues, their causes and seek or offer help when needed.