Last week (commencing 10 May) was National Mental Health Awareness Week.
The theme for this year’s Awareness Week was Nature.
At emap we have a group of trained Mental Health First Aiders. This team is made up of staff from across our six offices. The first aiders were trained in 2020 and exist as year-round peer support for colleagues. They are armed with the knowledge of how best to support someone struggling with poor mental health and have been trained in the art of signposting to ensure everyone has access to the resources available at a company level and beyond.
Here at emap throughout the week this team have been sending daily communications to all staff – sometimes with engaging tasks for people to get involved in!
To fit in with the theme of ‘Nature’, one of these tasks was a nature competition. Here are some of our favourite snaps from our teams:
1. Snapped by Rayhana Begum
2. Snapped by Kiran Chohan
3. Snapped by Charlotte Richards
Mental Health isn’t only relevant for one week of the year
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week will have experienced a common mental health problem, and depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide.
Mental health is relevant throughout the year: not just over one week.
Let’s continue to talk about it.
About Mental Health, from mentalhealth.org.uk
Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.
Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
There’s a stigma attached to mental health problems. This means that people feel uncomfortable about them and don’t talk about them much. Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.