World Mental Health Day 2017
1 September 2017
Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and the theme for this year’s day is mental health in the workplace.
We are taking this opportunity to encourage volunteer involving organisations to start thinking now about doing something to mark World Mental Health Day and get your volunteers and staff involved.
Whatever your role, whatever the size of your organisation or industry, mental health affects us all so please encourage others to get involved.
There are lots of simple, affordable and no-cost activities and campaigns you could do at your workplace. The biggest thing you can give as a volunteer involving organisation is your time and commitment to tackling the stigma around mental health and to show you care about the mental wellbeing of your volunteers and staff.
Here are few suggestions of things you could do:
1. 'Coffee and chat' or 'Tea and talk'
Encourage your volunteers and staff to hold a coffee and chat event, giving them an opportunity to chat and mingle socially over a coffee and cake. The Mental Health Foundation has produced a really useful guide to organising a Tea and Talk event. Download a copy of the guide here.
2. Grow a mental health tree
What’s a mental health tree? Well, it’s simply a drawing of a tree with lots of leaves on it. Encourage your volunteers and staff to get creative and design a mental health tree wall art where each leaflet represents a thought or idea about mental health. The aim is to encourage them to share their thoughts and ideas about mental health on a leaf and put it on the tree. You could ask “What does mental health mean to you?” or “How could we improve mental health ?” as a prompt to get them thinking. The tree could become a powerful visual display of what mental health means.
3. Get active
Organise a lunch time walk and encourage your volunteers and staff to join in. Whatever the weather, it’s a great way to get people up and away from their desks to recharge their minds as well as their bodies.
4. Share information
Spread the word and let your volunteers and staff know it’s World Mental Health Day. Share information about mental health and how they can improve their own wellbeing. For example, you could share the Five Ways to Wellbeing guide from Mind, the mental health charity– it’s free to download from their website.
5. Be social
Share what you’re doing on your social media and help spread the word about mental health in the workplace. Use one or both of these hashtags #WorldMentalHealthDay or #WHMD17
6. Take the pledge
As a volunteer involving organisation you could sign up to the Time to Change Employer Pledge and demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace. Sign up here.
These are just some ideas to help get you thinking and encourage you to do something to mark World Mental Health Day.
Any others ideas? Please add in the comments section below.