By Naomi Hayes, Community Mission Manager (Wellbeing)
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week which is themed all around nature and the positive effect that being outside has on our mental wellbeing.
The last eighteen months, since the coronavirus pandemic began, has been tough for many people. More of us than ever though have been making the most of our surroundings and local communities.
If you’ve not already, you can see here all the things we’ve got planned to support colleagues this week.
Supporting mental wellbeing is a big part of our vision of co-operating for a fairer world. 1 in 4 of us experience a mental health problem in any given year and the pandemic is having an impact with 60% of adults and 68% of young people reporting their mental health has got worse.
That’s why we’re working in partnership with Mind, SAMH and Inspire to bring communities together to improve mental wellbeing.
Funding Services to support mental wellbeing
Thanks to all of you, £4.7m has been raised so far, with pilot services currently being run in communities across the UK to test the role of community and resilience in mental wellbeing, with more to rollout later this year. We’re particularly looking at services to support bereavement and young people.
For Mental Health Awareness Week we’ve caught up with No Gimmicks, Straight Lyrics in London and The Hive in Tameside and Oldham to hear more about how our partnership is helping to support their local communities.
Supporting yours and others mental wellbeing
Looking after our own wellbeing is an important part of this and our Co-op wellbeing team have been doing more than ever this year to support colleagues with their wellbeing. There’s so much support available for our colleagues; from counselling with our provider Lifeworks available 24/7, to GP services via our partner Smart Health for you and your family, to Gympass our physical health and wellbeing platform – find out more here.
Even a small improvement to your wellbeing can help you better manage your mental health. Things like connecting with others, exercising and learning new things. Download our ‘Be Kind to Your Mind’ guide for ways to support your own and others mental wellbeing at coop.co.uk/charitypartnership.
We know that helping and supporting others can have a positive impact on your own wellbeing. As lockdown eases you can also find things to do and groups in your area to support your wellbeing at coop.co.uk/co-operate.
If you need help with your mental health you can also visit coop.co.uk/charitypartnership for details of the support available via our charity partners’ websites and helplines.