Mental Health Foundation #BeBodyKind #MHAW19

Supporting Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Each year, HM supports this campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) to show our commitment to talking openly and taking action to encourage a positive working culture.

This years theme is Body Image, and throughout the week we have a number of activities chosen to promote well being.

According to the MHF and NHS:

  • One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness.
  • In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK.
  • 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, almost 1 in every 3 people.
  • 50% of mental health problems are established before the age of 14 and 75% by around age 24.

For more information, check out the MHF website.

Fruit Baskets #BeBodyKind

Food and hydration can affect our mood, and to kick-start the week the ever-popular fruit baskets are available across the offices. Find out what an ideal ‘Mind Meal’ looks like.

Fast Fact: Your brain weighs around 3lbs and uses up about 20% of your daily calorie intake? Eating a varied and healthy diet, and drinking (around 2 litres per day is recommended) will help your memory, concentration levels and general mood.

Wellness Walks #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

Walking (and exercise in general) is good for general well being by reducing anxiety and depression. A short walk ensures we take a break from our desk to enjoy sunshine and green spaces which helps with clearer thinking. These short walks are also a great way to catch up with colleagues in a social environment.

Fast Fact: The World Health Organisation recommends that we should do between 75 and 150 minutes of exercise a week). Exercise can:

  • Release endorphins, the feel-good chemicals.
  • Help process thoughts.
  • Reduce the risk of depression by almost 20% (by increasing activity from nothing to at least 3 times a week).

A 2018 report from Business in the Community stated that only 16% of employees felt able to disclose a mental health issue to their manager and mental health charity, Mind found that 93% of workers who have taken stress-related leave have lied to their boss about the real reason behind their absence.

Throughout the week we will be sharing information and tips in support of this national campaign to encourage people to talk openly about well being and take action to make positive improvements.

Promoting positive mental health in the legal Profession

LawCare supports and promotes good mental health and well being. It noted a 5% increase in calls to their helpline in 2018. The most common reason for calling was stress (26%), followed by depression (19%) and anxiety (11%). Contact details:

  • LawCare – Call 0800 279 6888 (Monday – Friday, 9am–7.30pm, weekends and bank holidays, 10am–4pm)

Extra information and support

If you or someone you know needs urgent assistance, contact your GP or get in touch with:

  • Shout – Text 85258 (24/7 365 days a year)
  • NHS 111 – Call 111 (24/7 365 days a year)
  • Samaritans – Call 116 123 (24/7 365 days a year)
  • Mind – Call 0300 123 3393 (Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm