Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

May 13, 2022, 1:11 p.m.
What a fantastic time we have had supporting #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2022 💚

During the week, we have encouraged Team GFT to get involved with a variety of activities which raise awareness and donations for the Mental Health Foundation.

This year's theme has been Loneliness, with one in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time, we wanted to ensure all staff, students and apprentices were aware of loneliness and the support that's available to support people struggling with their mental health.

On Monday, we hosted a healthy habits breakfast for all staff to enjoy whilst working from the office. This encouraged staff to talk to each other about Mental Health Awareness Week, as well as reinforcing healthy eating as part of the Hexatronic #WellnessWeek campaign that is taking place worldwide.

On Tuesday, we aimed to support all staff who were working from home by hosting a Chit, Chat and Tap virtual co-working session. During this session, staff were able to join the call and work in collaboration just like they would in the office. Since the pandemic in 2019, there has been a significant increase in staff working from home; meaning an knock of affect of staff being isolated from the social aspect of work. Following the success of our Chit, Chat and Tap session, we hope to hold more of these virtual co-working groups in the future!

Wednesday was a great day for getting active! During their lunch break we help a team walk through the beautiful Birmingham canals. With proven evidence that exercise and staying active can have a positive impact on our mental health, we wanted to encourage all staff to get involved. This lunchtime walk was also a fantastic contribution towards the 80 Miles in May campaign which has been set up by the Mental Health Foundation to raise money towards the work they do to support people dealing with mental health problems.

To end the week, we decided to host a Wear It Green Day for all staff to participate in from home or the office. We'd like to thank everyone who got involved by wearing green and sharing a donation. If staff wish to submit further donations, please visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

We'd like to remind all staff, students and apprentices that they can contact our Mental Health First Aiders at any time if they need support.