According to Time to Change, 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem each year. That’s why it’s so important to AfB that we do our best to improve the quality of our mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. This week we’ve been getting on the Time to Change social movement by using their helpful resources, running activities such as a pub quiz on the topic of mental health and hosting a lovely breakfast morning. The Time to Change movement is a commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level in the workplace. One of the highlights of the week was our Managing Director, Helen Gillett, signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge, which is a pledge to take action and reduce mental health discrimination in the workplace. We thought it was only right to reflect on this week and show you our mental health awareness efforts in this week’s blog post.
Making use of the Time to Change Resources
We introduced the Time to Change movement by creating our very own mental health badges stating, ‘you are safe here’. We handed these out to everyone in the office to wear in hopes of reminding the team that they are safe in the AfB workplace.
We also took advantage of the Time to Change resources. We added some vibrant colour to the office by putting up helpful posters, bunting which included mental health-related quotes and conversation cards. Time to Change has many resources on their website that you can download and use within the workplace, you can find all of them here.
Pledge signing day
To start the day off right, we hosted a delicious wellbeing breakfast which was a great excuse to get everyone chatting and up from their desk. Looking after your body and thinking about what you put in it, is a big step towards improving your mental health (they do say you are what you eat!).
Later in the day our managing director Helen, signed the time to change pledge which is a commitment to the team to change how we think and act about mental health at every level of the organisation. We even captured the moment in a Facebook Live video which if you missed, you can catch up on our Facebook Page.
Getting the conversation started
Last Wednesday we introduced a ‘What’s on Your Mind?’ box where the team can anonymously talk about how they’re feeling and suggest ways to make AfB a better place to work. Sometimes when we’re feeling a bit low it can be hard to reach out to friends or family, however, just by anonymously writing down your feelings, it can sometimes make all the difference.
Throughout the day we also hosted a pub quiz on Yammer, our internal social network. We asked questions based on mental health related facts which really helped with coming to terms with the reality of the issue.
We had an AfB Pooch running around the office
Over the last couple of months, we’ve made bring your dog to work day a weekly occurrence in the hopes of increasing mental health awareness, creating a happy working environment for the team and we can honestly say it’s working! On Thursday, the office was filled with smiles as we had the lovely Cushti making a return to the office.
We also looked back on our childhood games by using the Time to Change chatter boxes. They brought back the memories of making them at school but above that they were great conversation starters.