Managing mental health and COVID-19
As many organisations are taking precautions to tackle the COVID-19 (coronavirus), Mates in Mind are continuing to support workforces with their mental wellbeing, especially those who are working remotely during this period.
We know that many of us are now working remotely in order to reduce risk to businesses and individuals across the UK. Therefore, we have developed factsheets for organisations and individuals in order to help them protect their mental health and wellbeing as we tackle uncertain times.
A note from James Rudoni, Managing Director at Mates in Mind
The whole world is now battling with an issue of immense scale and unprecedented human impact, and the thoughts of everyone at Mates in Mind go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.
During this time, we believe it is our role and responsibility to focus on three things:
- the mental health and well-being of our Supporters and Partners
- reaching out with advice and guidance to other UK workplaces
- undertaking a practical role in supporting public health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus.
We will continue to make decisions based on the latest information and we remain guided by our aims and charitable objectives.
I also wanted to personally reach out to you and reassure you that Mates in Mind are taking immediate steps to evolve our programme, our approach and develop the tools to support the mental health and wellbeing of our community in tackling the additional challenges that COVID-19 poses to the mental health of our workforces – both immediately and into the future.
Taking proactive steps to develop our approach, we have produced new resources and tools, are evolving our training programme and developing new, innovative ways to reach those who are most at risk, helping us all to work better together and remain mentally healthy in this time.
As we all navigate COVID-19 and the changes it is bringing to each of our lives, we urge our community to reach out and start the conversation around mental health. We encourage everyone to talk and connect with one another and reinforce the support systems around them.
We also call on any of our Supporters to get in touch with our dedicated team to explore what we can do to support your organisation and the wider industry - we are here to help.
Finally, I want to also thank you for supporting Mates in Mind charity – what we have achieved so far would not have been possible without your help. The mental wellbeing of your employees and those of our many other Supporters and Partners are at the heart of what we do. That is why, as we navigate this dynamic situation, I would ask that where possible you consider a further donation to Mates in Mind to help us continue to develop accessible new programmes and support that we know will be badly needed, especially to reach down supply chains to the most vulnerable employees during these difficult times.
Details of how you could do this is available on our fundraiser page.
Additionally, our Homeworking Mental Health Tips are available for individuals to download and includes support and guidance for employees who are adjusting to a new working style.
Free Start the Conversation (STC) training courses
We are pleased to be working with our partners at the British Safety Council to deliver free STC courses during the period of tackling the COVID-19 virus.
Start the Conversation is a 45-minute awareness session about mental health in the workforce.
It’s important to create general awareness and understanding of the issues facing your workers. Stigma is still one of the biggest barriers, particularly in the workplace. A good place to begin is by starting a conversation.
This 45-minute session provides practical skills to spot some of the signs of mental health issues in ourselves and in our coworkers, giving people the confidence to step in, reassure and support our colleagues and to know who to turn to for appropriate support.
Access the free STC course here.