June 18, 2024

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MENTAL HEALTH word on a small yellow piece of paper next to a stethoscope and a heart.

How to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week in the office

Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off in a few days’ time, and events will be taking place across the UK to help break down stigma.

Increasing numbers of businesses are now getting involved to try and raise awareness of the topic and to offer better support their employees.

One of the country’s leading experts providing solutions in this area is Jack Hayes, the director of the Motivational Speakers Agency.

He believes businesses can play a key part of driving best practice in this area.

Jack said: “Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is an important moment to acknowledge, support, and promote mental well-being, and this can start in the workplaces.  The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues, reduce stigma, and to encourage individuals to prioritise their mental well-being.”

Here are Jack’s top tips for making the most out of this week:

  1. Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about mental health conditions, their symptoms, and how they can affect individuals. Understanding mental health not only helps break down stigma but also enables you to support
  2.  those around you who may be struggling. Attend workshops, read books, or watch documentaries to expand your knowledge.
  3. Practice Self-Care: Prioritise your own mental well-being by practicing self-care activities that promote relaxation and stress relief. This could include activities such as meditation, exercise, spending time in nature, journaling, or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy. Taking care of yourself sets a positive example for others and reinforces the importance of self-care
  4. Support Mental Health Initiatives: Get involved in local or national mental health initiatives and organisations. Whether it’s volunteering your time, participating in fundraising events, or spreading awareness on social media, your support can make a significant difference in promoting mental health advocacy and access to resources for those in need.
  5. Promote acceptance and inclusivity: Advocate for a culture of acceptance and inclusivity where individuals feel valued and supported regardless of their mental health status. Challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about mental ill health by promoting messages of empathy, understanding, and acceptance. Foster an environment where seeking help for mental health concerns is seen as a sign of strength rather than weakness.
  6. Hire an expert Mental Health Speaker. In 2024 one survey was taken to find the best experts to help organisations and their employees celebrate MHAW. The finding showed the top  16 mental health awareness speakers. These included Reality TV star and NHS Dr Alex George; TV star Ruby Wax; inspirational campaigner Katie Piper; rugby referee Nigel Owens; pop star Frankie Bridge; sporting icon Jonny Wilkinson; and TV presenter Anna Williamson.

Jack added: “By actively engaging in efforts to raise awareness and promote mental well-being, you contribute to creating a more supportive and compassionate society for everyone. It can also help to break down stigma, promote understanding, and prioritise mental health solutions.”