Held every year in May, Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all. Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001.
Union Technical decided to get involved to raise awareness and share information across the business during the week long campaign. Each day we looked at a different subject, including:
Day 1 – What is mental health and how to recognise a mental health problem.
Day 2 – How to look after your mental health.
Day 3 – What is stress and how to manage and reduce it.
Day 4 – Exercise and sleep in relation to improving mental health.
Day 5 – Mindfulness
We looked at this information in relation to ourselves but also thinking about our colleagues, customers, friends and family.
Due to the diverse nature of the customers we work with, it is appreciated that some are likely to have mental health problems and therefore this has been a great exercise for us to undertake to help us understand and engage with people in a way that works best for them.
It has also raised awareness to ensure we look after ourselves and has made us more aware of the people around us and when they may need assistance.