Many of those who suffer with mental health problems often describe their need to put on a mask. This prevents those around them from knowing the extent of their troubles, and we think it takes a great deal of courage to put on a mask and face the day.
On Friday 17th May, we championed those people who wear a mask to hide their struggles; this was in aid of World Mental Health Awareness Week. Our girls took off their masks and came into work without any make-up, looking fresh faced and beautiful, while the boys put on their masks in the form of lipstick, blusher and eyeshadow!
We were overwhelmed with just how many people got involved with this, and who showed their support for Mental Health Day. As a thank you to all those people, we will be making a donation of £250 to our local mental health charity, Torfaen Mind.
While it was great fun to see our boys posing for photos in a full face of makeup, we can’t forget the reason we did it. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, and we want to make sure that we can offer support and guidance to those members of staff who may be struggling.
As such, we are proud of the emphasis we place on ensuring our staff look after their mental health. As a business we have taken a number of steps to ensure that those who are struggling know they have somewhere to turn. Below is a list of just some of the ways we can help to look after the metal wellbeing of our employees:
Westfield Health Plan - With a focus on health and well-being, Westfield Health offers employees cashback on various health treatments including therapies, private consultations and holistic health treatments.
Mental health first aiders - If our employees are struggling with their mental health, they can send confidential messages to our Employee Engagement Officer via our Think Tank facility. Alternatively they can book a session with one of our mental health first aiders in the quiet room.
Resilience training - We offer resilience training which all our employees can sign up for. The aim of the course is to help staff build resilience in their personal and professional life, this helps teach strategies to adapt to change and manage stress.
Discounted gyms - Being active is great for your physical health but evidence also shows it can improve your mental wellbeing. That’s why we try and encourage our staff to remain fit and active with Chorlton Members Club which offers discounted membership at a range of local gyms.
Savings scheme- Financial worries can contribute towards ill health. We have partnered with Gateway Credit Union and are trying to encourage our teams to become regular savers by using the payroll deduction scheme.
If you feel that you are struggling with your mental health and want advice on how to access the range of services we offer, speak to our Employee Engagement Officer, Danielle Nash.