18 May 2020

Promoting kindness during Mental Health Awareness Week

This week (18-24 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and James Fisher is highlighting the importance of talking openly about mental health, paying particular attention to this year’s theme, kindness.  

This week (18-24 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week, and James Fisher is highlighting the importance of talking openly about mental health, paying particular attention to this year’s theme, kindness.  

In recent months a large quantity of the UK population has adapted to working from home or being placed on furlough leave. COVID-19 not only puts vulnerable people such as the elderly, young children and anyone with an underlying medical condition at risk, but also accelerates feelings of stress and anxiety among individuals, due to the potential threat COVID-19 poses to them and their livelihoods.  

Performing aact of kindness during this difficult time can make a positive impact on someone’s day and contribute to boosting their mental wellbeing. A kind gesture can also prove to be a rewarding experience for those performing the act – research shows kindness creates a sense of belonging, leading to reduced stress and raised self-esteem. 

This act can be as simple as reaching out to a family member, friend or colleague to have a conversation with them. During this week of awareness and beyond we want to highlight the importance of talking openly, as part of our ongoing mission to create a working environment where people feel comfortable discussing their challenges and know they don’t have to face them alone. We have many initiatives in place across the group, including: 

  • Our team of mental health first aiders, trained by Mental Health England and integrated throughout the James Fisher group, are also on hand to provide help and support to anyone who may need it at this time. 
  • Working groups where employees can discuss and share ideas. 
  • Regular mental health and wellbeing awareness sessions and drop-in surgeries where employees can discuss any concerns. 
  • Encouraging employees to share their passions and providing them with the time and support they need.

 

Watch the video below for more information on Mental Health Awareness Week, and further support is available at any time from the Mental Health Foundation. 

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