World Mental Health Day – It’s Not Just a Day

Monday 10 October marked the 30th annual World Mental Health Day and this years’ theme is ‘making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority’.

Mental Health UK are asking us to look after “Number 1”, and to ask ourselves what we can do to make mental health our number 1 priority.  They suggest starting with visualising what aspects of our lives are within our circle of control, and what lies outside.  This helps us to focus on the things that we can control, and not to get overwhelmed worrying about factors that we have no control over.

In the workplace, factors within our control might be what we say; our mood; the way in which our work gets done; our commitment to personal development.

Factors outside our control are likely to be what others think of us, what others say, clients whose needs change, deadlines for work.

Learning to let go of the factors we cannot control is a tricky, but enormously beneficial process.

Check out their suggestions for a Power Hour here: World Mental Health Day 2022 – Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

We spend a third of our lives at work, so it is understandable that our employers and our working environment play an integral role in shaping our physical and mental health.  More and more companies across the UK are realising that company culture is a powerful tool in encouraging good habits for employees, by successfully promoting better awareness of mental health in the workplace.

Creating a culture within your company that values and encourages positive mental health, while supporting any employees that have mental health needs, adds value for both the business and the employees. The creation of such a culture does not need to be complicated or at great expense to the business, and there are many simple and cost-effective steps that can be taken to get the company on the right track. The ultimate goal is to ingrain into the company culture a positive, healthy, supporting and accepting, mental health environment.

If you require assistance in creating  a positive company culture for positive mental health, you can contact the Sapience team on  01736 339384 or by email at HelloThere@sapiencehr.co.uk

Our whole team is Mental Health First Aid trained, and we would strongly all employers to consider this training for their team.

Training for Mental Health First Aiders can be provided by ‘Healthy Cornwall’ and you can find there training courses here;