This week (14-20 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, a national event where employers up and down the country recognise the importance of supporting positive mental health.
1 in 4 people are likely experience mental health issues, and here at the Co-op we’re no different. So we’re supporting Mental Health Awareness Week for the first time to recognise the importance of this issue to our colleagues and as part of our commitment to supporting colleague wellbeing.
The focus of the national campaign is stress and this week we’ve launched our updated Work-Related Stress policy.
Events will be happening in many parts of the Co-op so look out for more information.
We all have a role to play in taking care of ourselves and those we work with. We launched the LifeWorks app and website earlier this year as the main hub of information and support. There’s also a section in LifeWorks where we’re hosting Co-op created content and we’ll be adding to this over time.
Today we’re also releasing our first toolkit, Setting up a Mental Health Support Group, with more toolkits to come. You’ll be able to get these in LifeWorks, where there’s also a link for you to tell us your suggestions for future content.
Tomorrow we’ll look at what mental health is, how to spot the signs that someone may be struggling and how to start the conversation. We’ll be publishing this article on LifeWorks so if you’re already registered, look out for the notification.