Organised by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 14th – 20th May with the theme ‘Stress: are we coping?’
Recent research has found that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem at some stage in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation and YouGov also discovered that almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed and unable to cope.
What is Stress?
Stress affects us in many different ways, both physically and emotionally, and can often leave you with a feeling of strain and pressure. There are many factors in life which can contribute towards causing stressors such as financial worries, increased workload, altercations with friends and family, and times of uncertainty.
Although for some people, small amounts of stress can be desired and seen as a healthy benefit and form of motivation, for the majority, it can lead to wider mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and in some instances, suicide.
Helping Raise Awareness
At Smoothwall we understand that the modern workplace can sometimes be very demanding and cause high levels of stress. That’s why it’s important to ensure we make a conscious effort to recognise the signs of mental health issues amongst our employees and have the most appropriate measures in place to help protect and support those in need.
Smoothwall care deeply about the physical, mental health and overall wellbeing of our staff. Following on from the success of last year’s Wellbeing Week, Smoothwall have decided to host another event this year, in order to help raise awareness of mental health in the workplace and encourage all staff members to be mindful of their own mental and physical wellbeing.
With plenty of activities and workshops on hand to help staff improve their health, wellbeing and state of mind, here’s just some of the things we’ll be getting up to in the workplace this week.