Get ready for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2021, as we call on everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen!
World Mental Health Day was first observed on the 10th of October 1992 as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health aimed at promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public on relevant issues. Celebrated on the 10th of October, it provides an opportunity to place the spotlight on the mental health challenges experienced in our world today.
It is a great opportunity to engage your organisation in the fantastic work you are already doing to address mental health stigma in the workplace, and to introduce new policies or activities to employees.
Here at SkillBase First Aid we know that one day is not sufficient when it comes to making real change for mental health awareness in the workplace, but it’s certainly a great place to start!
This year’s theme
Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality!
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.
Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognized the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations”.
Taken from World Health Organisation (WHO)
First, let’s not ignore that inequality…
Access to mental health support can often sadly be determined on where you might live and who you are.
It shouldn’t be this way. Thankfully there are many people, organisations and charities fighting this injustice.
We stand for change and we stand for equality for all.
So, let’s join together by learning about mental health inequality, using our voice and standing up for those unable to.
So, how can you get involved?
Over at MIND, they are asking people to ‘do one thing’.
- Do one thing… Add your voice – spread the word, share on social media, become a MIND campaigner
- Do one thing… Learn about mental health inequality – people from racialised communities, young people, and people living in poverty are disproportionately affected by mental health issues. Read and share their stories here.
- Do one thing… Access information and support here.
Book a talk for your workplace!
Our accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainers deliver a wide range of talks, sessions and workshops on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can create the perfect talk for your organisation! You can also book in a free consultation below (the big pink button).
Mental health training at work
With 1 in 5 employees experiencing moderate to high levels of stress, it is crucial to look at how you can support, educate and empower your employees with training such as Mental Health First Aid.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training is designed to reduce stigma and teach practical skills that can be used every day in the workplace. It teaches people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill-health and provide help on a first aid basis.
Here at SkillBase First Aid we provide Mental Health First Aid courses available at our training centres, as an online course or we can come to you wherever you are in England! We also offer bespoke training, sessions and talks. Get in touch today to find out how we can support your organisation.
We also have a dedicated Mental Health Training Team to consult with you and your organisation on strategy, implementing MHFA and all wellbeing-related policies.
However you do it, just do it!
You don’t have to be experts to talk about mental health, it’s something we all have, just as we all have physical health. So talk, listen and be open-minded.