8th to 14th May 2017

This year, we will be joining the Mental Health Foundation in supporting and promoting Mental Health Awareness Week. The theme of this year’s national campaign will focus on what activities can help us ‘Thrive’, rather than just ‘Survive’ the challenges of day to day life.

In addition to supporting the campaign, there will be activities across Hillyer McKeown offices fundraising for mental health charities. Keep an eye on social media and this page for updates.

Why are we supporting MHAW?

Health and well being in the workplace is important to us. Benefits to good mental health include:

  • Form and maintain good relationships with others
  • Cope with and manage change and uncertainty
  • Learn effectively

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a common mental health problem every week and evidence suggests that 12.7% of all sickness absence days in the UK can be attributed to mental health conditions.

In promoting Mental Health Awareness Week, we hope to raise awareness, encourage openness and help lessen the stigma attached to mental health conditions.

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MONDAY 8th May – looking after your mental health

In the first leaflet: How-to-look-after-your-mental-health the Mental Health Foundation offers 10 top tips to improve your general well being.

FAST FACT: Did you know that your brain weighs around 3lbs and uses up about 20% of your daily calorie intake? Eating a varied and healthy diet, along with ensuring you are hydrated (A minimum of 2 litres of water per day is recommended) will help your memory, concentration levels and general mood.

Find out more about how food can affect your mood or try the NHS Choices mood self-assessment quiz.

Today we have fruit bowls across the office to encourage healthy eating!

TUESDAY 9th May – managing and reducing stress

Do you know the signs and symptoms people may show when dealing with stress? The next Mental Health Foundation leaflet regarding good mental health is How-to-manage-and-reduce-stress.

Included is 101 top tips from others on what helps them deal with stressful moments – you may find something that works for you.

Talking about issues that are affecting you at work could help you stay in good mental health. Feeling listened to can make you feel more supported and may help to reduce stress levels.

Today we begin the first of our Tea & Talk sessions.

Visit NHS Choices  to complete a Mood Self Assessment and discover their recommendations.

WEDNESDAY 10th May – mental health and mindfulness

Today from the Mental Health Foundation we’re sharing information on How-to-look-after-your-mental-health-mindfulness.

It is relevant to be aware of mindfulness and understand what is happening from moment to moment within our feelings, thoughts, sensations and environment.

To put mindfulness into practice, the advice can help you to:

  • be well equipped to maintain stressful situations more productively
  • be able to learn about ourselves and how we react to stressful situations
  • learn how to avoid taking our mental health for granted.

If yoga and meditation is not for you, then don’t worry – there are alternatives that you can consider:

These activities will help relax your mind, and reset your thinking.

Today we are encouraging each office to get creative, do puzzles and take time out.

To find out more about mindfulness, take a glance at the Mental Health Foundation’s dedicated site.

THURSDAY 11th May – looking after your mental health using exercise

Today’s information focuses on How-to-look-after-your-mental-health-using-exercise from the Mental Health Foundation.

FACT: To maintain our mental health, the World Health Organisation advises that we should do between 75 and 150 minutes of exercise a week? This would benefit us because it will:

  • reduce anxiety
  • increase self-esteem
  • help our minds process thoughts clearer
  • reduce depression.

Becoming a member of a gym or taking part of a sports team is highly recommended, and is also a fun way to put exercise into practice.

Today we are promoting getting involved in local sports clubs and fitness classes.

FRIDAY 12th May – caring for others

Caring for others helps mental wellbeing.  Here are some sharp facts that everyone should take into account:

  • The Mental Health Foundation highlights caring for others and maintaining strong relationships. Sharing skills, giving up time and taking part in charity activities can make you and those you’re helping, feel needed and valued – ultimately improving your self-esteem.
  • The average adult says ‘I’m fine’ when asked how they are around 14 times a week. Around 19% mean it and 59% of us even expect others to lie about their wellbeing. Take a peep at the MHF’s I’m Fine campaign!

Thinking about volunteering? Take a look at Do-it. If the information is useful, why not support the MHF or Mind to help them raise awareness and support those with mental health problems.

In addition, Hillyer McKeown recognises that personal circumstances can change quickly. The chances are that 1 in 4 of us at any time will be dealing with a challenge that impacts us at work. We encourage open conversations anytime with line managers, and HR.

We hope you have found our information this week useful and we are proud to have supported this national campaign. 

More information from the Mental Health Foundation

NHS Choices: Mental Health

Re-think website

Sane charity website