Mental Health Awareness Week: Is your organisation talking about stress?


Mental Health Awareness Week begins on Monday 14th May 2018, and the focus of this year’s campaign is stress. The mental health charity Mind states that while it’s normal to feel stressed from time to time, feeling overwhelmed by it can lead to mental health problems – or make existing problems worse.

In a recent blog, we took a closer look at the impact of work-related stress on employees in the UK. The Health and Safety Executive reported stress as the cause of 40% of all work-related cases of ill health in 2016/17 – with over half a million UK employees found to be suffering from work-related stress, anxiety or depression during this time.

Stress affects all of us at different points in our lives, though there’s still a stigma attached to it; for many employees, it can be a very difficult subject to discuss with employers or colleagues. In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we’ve listed some useful ideas and resources that you can use to get talking about stress in your organisation. Take a look at the list below to get started:

Speak up

If stress is an area that’s rarely discussed in your workplace, Mind has a full range of resources to help. They offer various training courses, alongside ideas on how to raise the subject of stress at work (including creating a stress awareness space within your office). Organisations can also register for the Workplace Wellbeing Index 2018/19, which is designed to help employers find out more about the areas they’re succeeding in, and where they could improve their approach to mental health in the workplace. For more information, take a look at the findings from last year’s index here.

Get fundraising

Organising an event in support of Mental Health Awareness Week is a great way to get people talking about stress, as well as raising money to help those who need support. Curry and Chaat is a national initiative from the Mental Health Foundation, encouraging people to get together to enjoy a curry – and raise money at the same time! Download the information pack here.

If you’re looking for alternative ideas for your event, take a look at Mind’s top ten fundraising ideas here. You can also add your event to the map, which lists the initiatives taking place across the UK during the week.

Spread the word

You can help spread the word by joining the Mental Health Foundation’s  social media thunderclap, and sharing relevant posts about the campaign with your followers. You’ll also find a range of digital resources on the website that you can add to your social media accounts – or alternatively,  download and print posters for your office to get people thinking about ways to prevent and alleviate stress.

Is stress a subject that’s discussed openly in your organisation? We’d love to hear your views – let’s keep the conversation going via Twitter, Facebook or in the comments section below.

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