Stress Awareness Month 2021
This Stress Awareness Month, we are calling on all organisations, great and small, to take meaningful steps towards installing long term change within their business, to not only ensure a healthier and safer workplace environment for their employees, but also to help change the wider industry culture around workplace stress.
Understanding the importance of managing and reducing workplace stress has arguably never been more important than now, in the shadow of the COVID-19 epidemic, as businesses begin to focus on returning to work and supporting their teams as they adjust to their new ways of working.
As such, we are encouraging organisations to introduce an employee stress risk assessment model into their businesses is an important first step towards supporting employee wellbeing. This small step can help organisations to identify work-related stress risks within their company and support in meeting their duty of care in the identification and mitigation of work-related stress.
We also encourage organisations to use this month as an opportunity to open up vital conversations about stress at work and to encourage an open and honest dialogue with staff.
TRIGGER WARNING: Please note, the following video includes mention of suicide and may be upsetting to some viewers.
Chris, a 30-year veteran of the construction industry, was a caring and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. He worked with some of the biggest companies in the UK and was a well-respected member of the construction industry.
In 2019, Chris suffered a mental health crisis brought on by severe stress, which developed at rapid speed and had catastrophic consequences.
In partnership with Chris’s family and friends, this Stress Awareness Month Mates in Mind will be sharing Chris’s story to raise awareness and understanding of the very real impact that workplace stress can have on our lives and the importance of recognising the signs that someone might be struggling.
Chris’s wife Michelle comments:
“Chris’s death has left us as a family with extreme heartache and unbelievable grief and we know nothing will bring Chris back; but we hope by sharing his story can save other families from this devastation. Chris never experienced any mental health illness previously so we can’t emphasise enough if it can happen to him it can happen to anyone.”
You can read more about Chris and his story through his wife Michelle’s article detailing her story.
Remember, if you are struggling, you are not alone. There is always someone available to help you. If you or someone you know needs support, our friends at Samaritans are available 24/7 on 116 123, or you can speak to one of the many free, confidential support services.
How our Supporters are marking Stress Awareness Month
Join Mates in Mind and become part of the change
Members of the Mates in Mind Supporter program have access to exclusive resources to further support the rollout of their Stress Awareness Month campaign. Supporters also access any resources ahead of campaign launches, in addition to being first to hear about new training, programs and exclusive industry webinars and events.
Mates in Mind Supporters also have exclusive access to a range of resources, training and support, designed to help their organisation implement their workplace mental health program. In addition to access to exclusive resources, products and training programmes, Mates in Mind Supporters can:
- Access an annual assessment of their programme and a recommendations report to help identify any gaps in their approach
- Access too our 'Start the Conversation' course, an all-employee general mental health awareness programme
- Access to a dedicated Support Manager to act as a guide through an organisations mental wellbeing journey and offer any new resources as they become available
- Access to a suite of courses to ensure that all levels of management are confident and equipped to fulfil their duties in looking after employee mental health.
- Benefit from counselling through the National Counselling Society at a discounted rate, to help staff members who may need a little extra support
To find out more about becoming a Mates in Mind Supporter, fill out our contact us form today and one of our dedicated Support Managers will get in touch to schedule an introduction call.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
Other ways to make a difference
As a charity, we need your support. Mates in Mind wouldn't be where it is without you. We're committed to making a difference and with your help, we can continue our vital work to make workplaces across the UK
Fundraise for us
Find out more on how to fundraise in our Fundraiser guide, packed with A-Z activities, ways to donate and top tips on promoting yourself. We can promote you on our social media platforms, provide you with inspiration and materials for your fundraiser so do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
If you are thinking of fundraising, please visit our fundraising page for more information.
Make a donation
We are also asking that our community, where possible, to please 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.
Find out how you can donate to Mates in Mind by contacting our team.