Do you get the Sunday Blues? It’s good to talk about our Mental Health! | Macro

Do you get the Sunday Blues? It’s good to talk about our Mental Health!


By Sarah Palfreyman, Compliance Manager (HSE), Mace Macro

This year’s national Mental Health Awareness Week will take place between Monday 16 and Sunday 22 May.  

The chosen theme for this year’s campaign focuses on relationships.  It has been recognised that these are key to an individual’s mental health along with a balanced diet, exercise and other pressures such as maintaining a good work life balance.  Whether it be family members and friends or colleagues from work, positive relationships can help us feel like we are supported and part of a community. 

According to the Mental Health Foundation about a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common mental health disorder in Britain. 

As a business Macro will be actively engaging with #MHAW2016 to raise awareness of mental health issues and the support options available for employees. As an employer, there are lots of ways that you can get involved with this great initiative. 

Research carried out by the Mental Health Charity Mind shows that two thirds of people experience the ‘Sunday Blues’. So to kick-start the week, why not encourage your teams to have a ‘Happy Monday’ and start the week with a smile.  We are encouraging all of our staff to wear an item of clothing that makes them happy on Monday 16 May - whether that be a fabulous pair of shoes or a flamboyant shirt - to make a positive start to the week.  Our teams will also be encouraged to express and share what makes their #HappyMonday. 

Other activities that you could implement include wellbeing breakfasts to bring your teams together or ‘time to talk’ sessions where teams are encouraged to talk about mental health in a positive way that reduces the stigma that has previously been attached to the topic.  Exercise classes such as yoga and making a pledge to re-claim your lunch break could just give your teams the boost they need. 

For more information you can visit the Mental Health Foundations Website or Mind

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