We’ve created a new Talking tips toolkit to help you approach conversations about mental health and wellbeing. This can be used with the My Whole Self MOT.
Download (PDF): My Whole Self Taking tips
There are lots of ways that you and your workplace can get involved with My Whole Self. We celebrate My Whole Self Day on 18 March. We’d love you to get involved on the day, but these resources are not limited to one day, they can be used throughout the year.
Take the eight steps below alongside the accompanying resources, to help create the conditions for an inclusive workplace where people can be their whole self.
Everything you need to get your organisation involved in My Whole Self can be found in our campaign toolkit, including suggested social media posts and website or newsletter copy.
Download (PDF): Campaign toolkit
We have created a range of content for you to show your support and shout about #MyWholeSelf on social media and beyond. This can be done on My Whole Self Day, or, throughout the year.
Share these posts to spread the word for My Whole Self on social media.
This short clip explains what My Whole Self is and why it's important. Share it at work to introduce your organisation to My Whole Self, and show your support by sharing it on social media.
Add to your email signature to show your organisation is taking part in My Whole Self.
Download (PNG): Email banner
Creating a My Whole Selfie is a great way to help colleagues feel connected and to show your organisation’s support for My Whole Self. We are encouraging as many people as possible to share their My Whole Selfie on My Whole Self Day, 18 March.
It works best if senior leaders at your organisation share their own My Whole Selfie and invite the whole organisation to take part. You can then share these on your own internal channels, as well as on social media.
Take a selfie, add ‘This is #MyWholeSelf’ and words to describe your whole self. You can write on a piece of paper and hold it in the selfie, or you can add the words using your phone’s photo app or in your social media app, for example Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, or on a LinkedIn post
Share your selfie on your social media using the #MyWholeSelf. You can also tag us @MHFAEngland
Here are some examples:
We asked over 2,000 employees which type of mental health and wellbeing support they found most useful. The majority, 44% of people, chose team-building activities as their preference.
We have created three activity ideas which help build deeper connections among teams – a book club, a desert island favourites challenge, and a My Whole Self discussion panel.
They are all simple to arrange and can be done online or face to face if you are working remotely.
Regular wellbeing catch-ups with colleagues are a vital way to support people’s mental health, especially in the wake of the pandemic. The My Whole Self MOT is a simple, free guide to help check in on your own and others’ mental health and wellbeing.
We are also creating some new guidance to help you approach conversations around mental health and wellbeing with confidence and sensitivity. We’ll be releasing the new toolkit on My Whole Self Day, 18 March, so keep an eye out here and on our channels for more information. This new tool can be used in conjunction with our My Whole Self MOT.
Download (PDF): My Whole Self MOT
We will be hosting two webinars this year. One on the 8 February and a second on My Whole Self Day, 18 March.
The first was chaired by our Head of People, Wellbeing and Equity, Ama Afrifa-Tchie. We shared tips to help you strengthen virtual relationships in the workplace, empower employees to bring their whole self to work and create a culture that helps people feel more engaged and work effectively together.
Then, join us on 18 March as we celebrate My Whole Self Day and share tips on how people bring their whole self to work. We will release details further details, such as panellists and timings as they become available.
Whilst restrictions have been relaxed, some people continue to work from home and so supporting human connections is more vital than ever. We've put together some guidance for ways to support your mental health while working from home.
This guide can be shared with employees and colleagues to help with their mental health, reduce feelings of isolation and help stay connected, especially while working from home.
Download (PDF): Supporting your mental health while working from home
British Sign Language version provided by The Royal Association for Deaf People:
There is more to bringing our whole self to work than staying connected. As well as the direct health consequences of the virus, the pandemic has exacerbated and amplified pre-existing inequalities and created new instances of financial hardship. At the same time, the world is waking up to the stark realities of systematic racism, to violence against girls, women and those who identify as women, and the climate crisis.
It is up to all of us to ‘do the work’, empathise and support all our colleagues and to celebrate their intersectionality.
In 2021, we made a pledge to become an active anti racist organisation and we urge other organisations to follow suit. Many People of Colour and Black people say they have to hide parts of their identity at work, and we hope that My Whole Self will help to change this.
Anti-racist workplaces help build cultures where people feel valued and safe.
We’ve put together resources to help organisations, including guidance on how to support the mental health and wellbeing of People of Colour and Black people in the workplace, that you can find more out about here.