Earlier this month it was Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001, it was an opportunity to shine a spotlight on mental health and I really enjoyed seeing so many brilliant examples of the different ways in which you all got involved. I hope that anything you did during the week served as a catalyst for greater awareness and more quality conversations and activities throughout the year.
We launched #EmpowerHalfHour and many of you engaged with this. These tools can be used throughout the year to encourage a focus on wellbeing.
We also launched the Where’s Your Head At? Workplace Manifesto – a mission statement for a healthier working world, where people’s mental health is supported and protected and where wellbeing is at the heart of all we do. I was delighted that so many mental health charities and businesses signed the manifesto in the first week of launch. If your workplace, or the workplaces you work with, haven’t signed up to already, please ask them to do so. You can also write to your MP and ask them to encourage businesses in their constituency to sign the manifesto just as Dan Poulter MP did in Suffolk.
Thank you again for all your support. Together we are turning the dial on attitudes to mental health and improving the mental health of the nation.
All the best,
Simon Blake OBE
Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May) saw the launch of the new Where’s Your Head At? Workplace Manifesto, a mission statement for a healthier working world.
We are calling on employers and MPs to sign the manifesto and show their commitment to workplace wellbeing. Thank you to everyone who has supported this new phase of the campaign so far! If you haven’t checked it out yet, find out more on how you can get involved at wheresyourheadat.org. If your employer has signed up, we’d love to share their story – get in touch with the team on email@example.com.
April was Stress Awareness Month and the MHFA England central team, Instructor Members and community shared their stress busting tips.
Check out Simon’s blog on how he manages stress.
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May) within our community, we launched a new toolkit to help organisations of all shapes and sizes support wellbeing at work. It has been fantastic to see so many of you sharing your activities on social media. To check out what the MHFA England community has been up to, search the hashtag #EmpowerHalfHour.
Going beyond Mental Health Awareness Week, you can run an #EmpowerHalfHour at any time of year, visit our website to download the toolkit and start up your own 30-minute activities to boost your workplace wellbeing.
In February we launched new best-practice guidance for employees and employers on implementing MHFA England training in the workplace. This follows the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) recent recommendation to include ‘mental health trained first aiders’ as part of employers’ first aid needs assessments.
Don’t forget, our full range of resources are freely accessible to you and your organisation all year round via the MHFA England website.
For more, head to the Mental Health At Work Gateway, where you can access resources from across the mental health sector.
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Have you used your MHFA England skills recently? Or maybe you know someone who’s been supported by a Mental Health First Aider?
The MHFA England team wants to hear from you! We’re always looking to share inspiring stories from our Mental Health First Aider community, so if you’ve got a story to tell, get in touch with the team on email@example.com and help us share the impact of MHFA England training out in the community.