Mental Health Day – 10th October

Mental Health Day – 10th October. World Mental Health Day takes center stage to shed light on the importance of mental well-being. Now, more than ever, the need for attention on mental health and well-being has become critical. The challenges brought on by the spotlight on mental health can take a toll on individuals, especially in the workplace. For this reason, it is crucial that small businesses and HR professionals take conscious steps to support the mental well-being of their employees.

To mark this important day, and to foster a mentally healthy workplace environment, here are some useful tips to share with employees:

1. Encourage Breaks and Effective Workload Management

In today’s remote work setting, employees often find it overwhelming to balance their responsibilities. Encourage employees to take regular breaks and utilise effective time management techniques. One such technique is the Pomodoro technique, a simple and effective tool for focused work with planned breaks. Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a task to focus on.
  2. Set a timer for 25 minutes (you can access a timer at https://pomofocus.io/).
  3. Work on the task until the timer goes off.
  4. Take a five-minute break.
  5. After completing four Pomodoro intervals, take a longer break of 15 to 30 minutes.

2. Offer Access to Mental Health Resources

Providing employees with access to mental health resources is essential for their well-being. Consider offering counseling services or helplines as part of your employee benefits. Organizations like Mind (https://lnkd.in/dZtFs84) and Samaritans (https://lnkd.in/eznu89m) offer free mental health support services and can be valuable resources for your employees when they need support.

3. Foster Open Communication and a Supportive Environment

Creating a safe and supportive workplace environment is incredibly beneficial for employee well-being. Encourage open communication channels where employees feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and concerns with colleagues, line managers, or HR professionals. By fostering a culture of inclusivity, understanding, and support, you can make a positive impact on the mental health of your employees.

4. Promote Physical Exercise

Physical exercise plays a significant role in reducing stress, improving mood, and boosting overall well-being. Encourage employees to take regular breaks or join virtual exercise classes to remain physically active even while working remotely. Consider incorporating walking meetings or creating a walking challenge between teams to make exercise both enjoyable and fun.

5. Lead by Example

As a leader, it is essential to prioritise your own well-being and regularly communicate your experiences with your employees. By doing so, you will promote a culture where well-being is an integral part of the organisation. Leading by example demonstrates to your employees that mental health matters and encourages them to prioritise their own well-being.

On World Mental Health Day, let us remember to prioritise our own mental health and support the well-being of our colleagues. Together, we can create healthier and more compassionate workplaces that value and prioritise mental well-being.

Note: World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on 10th October to promote mental health advocacy and awareness worldwide.