Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has today launched the My Whole Self toolkit, the digital centrepiece of its new campaign for workplace culture change.
My Whole Self is calling on organisations to empower people to bring their ‘whole self’ to work because it’s better for mental wellbeing and better for business.
Simon Blake, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, said:
“In 2020, it isn’t possible – or desirable – to try to fit ourselves into a one-size-fits-all work-shaped suit, or be expected to leave part of ourselves at the door when we get to work.
“Empowering people to be their authentic self isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Being our whole self at work enables improved performance, boosting creativity and innovation. It builds psychological safety, deeper connections – and research shows these are a key ingredient in every successful team.”
Employers are being encouraged to use the new toolkit to run workplace events to mark a ‘My Whole Self Day’ on Wednesday 18 March.
The resources available include digital posters, GIFs, a campaign kit, and infographics with activity ideas to help organisations start the conversation on bringing your whole self to work.
Suggested activities include inviting employees to take part in an ‘own clothes’ day, running a My Whole Self book club, or setting up a My Whole Self discussion panel where senior leaders can share their own mental health and life experiences.
Sarah McIntosh, Director of People and Organisational Effectiveness, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, said:
“With this campaign we’re encouraging employers to take practical action to put diversity and inclusion at the centre of mental health and wellbeing. This is about creating a culture where people can truly be themselves at work.”
“The My Whole Self toolkit is an excellent resource to help you, wherever you work, to encourage employees to bring their whole self to work through a range of fun and inclusive activities.”
The toolkit launch follows an event at the House of Lords where My Whole Self was introduced to parliamentarians and business leaders.
Looking ahead, the campaign will see the release of a customisable ‘My Whole Selfie’ graphic that people will be able to share to mark the day using the hashtag #MyWholeSelf.
Find out more about the campaign and how you can get involved at mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self.