My Whole Self is the campaign for workplace culture change. In 2022, we shouldn’t have to leave parts of our identity behind – be that our cultural or ethnic background, gender identity, sexuality, disability or health – when we work. Over the last three years, we have called on organisations to empower employees to bring their whole self to work and support their own and others’ wellbeing. The nation faces a mental health crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. More people than ever will need mental health and wellbeing support. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that 10 million people may need mental health support because of the pandemic. At the same time, the Royal College of Psychiatry has noted the rising waiting lists for mental health services, with demand outstripping provision even before the pandemic.
Whilst not the solution, employers can help by driving a positive transformation in workplace mental health and performance through bringing together diversity and inclusion with health and wellbeing. Focusing on our places of work, where it is estimated
that most adults spend at least a third of their time, is a good place to change how society deals with mental health now and in the future. As restrictions are eased and people alter their working habits, supporting human connections is more vital
than ever. Whether your organisation is working remotely or not, My Whole Self is a great way to strengthen your working relationships.