Participating in a health and safety campaign is great for raising awareness of important issues in your organisation. There are many campaigns running throughout January, including a focus on mental health awareness and wellbeing.

We have provided a summary of each campaign below to help you get started.

Dry January – 1st January to 31st January

This campaign, led by Alcohol Change UK, has become infamous since its establishment in 2013, with millions of people across the UK now challenging themselves to cut out alcohol during the first month of the year.

‘Getting something back’ is the main focus of the campaign, whether it be money, sleep, or energy that would otherwise be lost as a consequence of drinking alcohol.

According to the charity, 70% of participants enjoy the benefits of better sleep during Dry January, which often leads to enhanced performance in the workplace.

There are many free resources available online to help your organisation get started, including access to the ‘Try Dry’ mobile app and articles on the long-term benefits of participation.

For more information on how to get involved, visit the campaign’s website here.

Houseplant Week – 10th January to 16th January

Each year, the second week of January is dedicated to houseplants and indoor gardening. Other than making your office or home look pretty, you may be wondering what relevance these items have in our lives.

According to #HouseplantWeekUK, the use of indoor plants has a number of health and wellbeing benefits that most people are not aware of.

Having plants around our homes or workspaces helps to improve the air quality that we breathe, which in turn contributes to a better mood. For many, this is particularly notable during the colder and darker months of the year.

Research also shows that the presence of houseplants can also help to improve productivity and reduce levels of stress. Therefore, Houseplant Week presents a great opportunity to assess your working environment and consider the introduction of a green feature.

Participants of the campaign are encouraged to share their houseplants using #HouseplantWeekUK on social media, with further information about the week available here.

Blue Monday – 17th January

While not directly linked to a charity or organisation, Blue Monday is one of January’s most widely recognised days of awareness.

Supposedly, the third Monday in January is likely to be the most depressing day of each year, due to factors such as cold weather, low motivation, and lack of disposable income.

Whether you agree with the thinking behind Blue Monday or not, the day presents an opportunity for reflection on mental health awareness, especially within the workplace.

The HSE is continuing to promote its Working Minds campaign in the new year, which provides helpful guidance for employers on the importance of supporting employee wellbeing.

It should be remembered that all employers have a legal duty to protect their employees from work-related stress. Overall, these efforts can help to reduce sickness absence, while also boosting morale and productivity.

Working Minds encourages employers to:

  • Reach out
  • Recognise
  • Respond
  • Reflect
  • Make it routine

If you would like to find out more about supporting mental health at work, visit our dedicated page here.

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