Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 was our biggest and best yet, with an array of activity taking place nationwide to #endthestigma around mental health.
We were inspired to see so many organisations involved, with over 250 participating in our Green Ribbon campaign which saw 200,000 Green Ribbons worn by staff, from senior leaders to senior politicians! If you missed out on Green Ribbons this year, you can register your organisation to receive early notification for next year.
With this, we launched This is Me in the North West with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. The campaign has brought together businesses of all shapes and sizes to tackle the myths surrounding mental health and use real-life stories to end its stigma in the workplace. You can watch the joint video from organisations across the North West here. If you are interested in rolling out This is Me in your region, please let us know.
Finally, we began to roll out our brand new emotional support tool, Wellbeing in the City, in partnership with Samaritans to build a more resilient workforce. Focusing on listening skills and signs that someone may be struggling, the aim is to create a happier, healthier City, and the tool is completely free to use.
Over 300 hours of learning have already been clocked, with 90% of those that have completed the training feeling more confident approaching someone in emotional distress - and we’re just beginning! One participant has said:
“This was a wonderful training programme. I felt it empowered both people feeling challenged but also encouraged and reminded us all to remember we are all human, and open and honest connection with ourselves and to each is the key to ensuring we all stay well and thrive. Thank you.”