Mental Health Awareness Week
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Anxiety. The campaign is focused on raising awareness of Anxiety and Anxiety Disorder, encouraging open conversations and spaces where people can share their experiences and ways of managing their anxiety.
Anxiety affects millions of people worldwide, and 1 in 10 people in the UK will experience some kind of anxiety disorder at any one time. Anxiety can manifest in various ways, causing overwhelming feelings of worry, fear, and can get out of control, affecting people’s everyday life.
During this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, let’s remember that living with anxiety can be incredibly challenging, and that there are some things that we can do to manage our own feelings, or help others. Read through these top recommendations to managing anxiety: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/public-engagement/mental-health-awareness-week/what-can-we-do-cope-feelings-anxiety
One of the top recommended ways of dealing with anxiety is exercise. That’s why this month our people are taking part in a companywide Steps Challenge, aimed at getting us all moving more and helping us to take part in activities that have a positive impact on our mental health and wellbeing. As part of the challenge, we are also raising money for MIND Charity who provide vital advice and support to people experiencing mental health problems.
We also have many other ways that we help our people with their mental health and wellbeing, including an employee assistance programme, mental health first aiders, access to counselling and professional help as well as mental health resources.
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, remember that seeking help is a courageous step towards better mental health. Reach out to professionals, support networks, or helplines available in your area: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental-health/get-help