Mental Health Awareness week (10 – 16 May 2021) is a campaign that focuses on raising awareness, reducing the stigma, and encouraging conversations around mental health. We all “have mental health” so speaking up presents an opportunity for us to be more open and help prevent those with mental ill health feeling isolated.
For many of us, work is a major part of our lives and it’s where we spend much of our time, and for many recently, there has been a blurred boundary between work and home life. However, when faced with such stressors, taking small steps to reduce the amount of stress we put ourselves under can increase our wellbeing and reduce mental ill health. Adopting a healthy lifestyle by, for example, increasing physical activity, being more mindful can help to reduce stress levels and improve mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health in the workplace begins with creating work cultures where employees feel safe speaking up. At ARRACO, we are committed to identifying, tackling, and preventing the causes of work-related stress and promoting a culture of open communication. The role of line managers is crucial in ensuring teams are not affected by unnecessary work-related stress. It’s important for line managers to have regular one to ones with staff where conversations are had in a non-judgemental manner. This benefits all parties for the benefit of wellbeing and open, productive colleague relationships.
Our HR Manager, Lina Lukosiute said:
“In today's highly competitive and extremely complex corporate culture, I would like to encourage our focus on the present moment, increase mindfulness to help lower stress, improve the clarity of thinking, increase emotional intelligence, and improve decision-making.
A mentally healthy workplace isn’t just written policies, strategies, and protocols. All the great achievements and significant changes start from embedding simple things: a positive work culture, encouraging open conversations, having the right balance between professionalism and friendship, and the ability to build honest relationships within the teams, and beyond with our clients and partners.
It’s vital for workplaces to be a supportive and inclusive environment where people feel safe to be themselves to grow, gain experience, and be involved in finding innovative business solutions."
So, what can we do?
Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery and it is one of the best tools we have to influence change. Speak to people in your life, be it colleagues, friends, or family. Developing these connections will enrich and support you every day. Lastly, remember to take time for yourself as you are valued.
To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.