by Paul Caudwell, Health Wellbeing Manager

We’ve seen some incredible stories from colleagues who have shared their experience of mental health problems and a range of events across all of our businesses. My thanks go to everyone who has taken part this week by telling their story, arranging or attending an event, or by having a conversation with those around you.

We’re closing the week with some reflections from some of our leaders of what mental health means to them and some of their top tips.

But this isn’t it, we’ll be doing more around mental health over the course of the year.

From my team in HR, you can expect more manager guidance in early autumn as we look to relaunch our occupational health service. And we’re developing an e-learning module with other large retailers in collaboration with the Samaritans which we’ll launch on World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October.

Watch out for more updates on our community strategy too, where wellbeing and mental health will feature heavily. There will be more on this in the coming months as the community team build the plans and start to share them.

I’d like everyone to remember:

  • It’s OK not to be OK
  • It’s OK to talk about how you’re feeling
  • Great team relationships go a long way in creating the inclusive climate to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health

Don’t forget that our LifeWorks services are also here for you 24 hours a day. They’re specialists and can help with practical guidance and counselling on a whole range of topics, including:

  • health and wellbeing
  • personal and work-related issues
  • money and debt
  • caring responsibilities
  • legal matters

Your concern doesn’t need to be work-related either, and everything is completely confidential and free. If you can’t access LifeWorks, you can submit a request to the support team.

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. An e-learning module? This strikes fear into the very souls of all store managers. Certainly not good for our mental health.

    • Hi Steve,

      I’m hoping that this e-learning will be one with a difference that you’ll really enjoy. I can’t wait to launch it and hear what people think.

      • Hi Paul,

        I think you have a basic challenge when you produce e-learning in this day and age.

        Would I learn more if I spent 30 minutes on this e-learning module or if I copied and pasted the title of it into Google and just looked at what came up in my search results?

        My money is on Google every time. And I mean every time.

      • What I mostly hear from people when they do e-learning is “well, that’s 30 minutes of my life I won’t get back”

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