By Gary Dewin, People Director
It’s World Mental Health Day on Thursday. It’s a global event which aims to educate and create awareness of mental health issues and eliminate social stigmas. Throughout the week, we’re shining a light on Mental Health and the importance of looking after yourself.
Everyone struggles from time to time. Your mental and physical wellbeing is one of the most important things to us here at Co-op. That’s why we’re proud to announce we’ve been working with Samaritans, along with a number of other retailers, to create Wellbeing in Retail.
Supporting your mental health
Wellbeing in Retail is an interactive e-Learning module. It’ll give you an opportunity to reflect about how you’re feeling, give you the knowledge to think about how you’re doing, and help you with some techniques to take better care of yourself. It’ll also help you understand how you can support others by spotting signs and having great conversations.
You’ll find a range of video content, interactive animations, traditional e-Learning and some conversations for you to try out.
This is the first time retailers have worked together like this, all towards supporting and looking after their colleagues and each other. I’d love everyone to take a few minutes to take part, get involved and understand more about their mental health. To take part, log into MyHR, go to Learning and search for ‘Wellbeing’ or ‘Health’. For those of you in Insurance, this will be loaded into your learning system.
Updating our Mental Health Toolkit
We also want to make sure every single one of you has easy access to the tools, support and information, when (or if) you need help. We have two Mental Health Toolkits. The first provides more information for colleague and managers whilst the second is aimed at managers who are supporting a colleague who is absent as a result of mental health concerns. Both of these are available to access via our Mental Health policy page on the Colleague Site.
24/7 support from LifeWorks
Don’t forget that you’re also invited to join LifeWorks, who offer a broad range of support no matter what you’re going through.
They’ve also recently launched ‘CareNow’, which are a set of self-study modules that support colleagues who may have stress, anxiety or depression. You can also use them to help you better understand these conditions.
If you haven’t signed up to LifeWorks yet, you should have received an invitation email last week. Otherwise, you can find out more information on our Colleague Site.