This month’s national health and safety campaigns are all about wellbeing. As an employer, this presents a useful opportunity to consider whether you are doing enough to look after the wellbeing of your employees.
Are you encouraging your employees to take their breaks, especially if they are working at home and possibly not leaving their desks for hours on end? If not, you could encourage them to take a walk during lunchtime. Not only does this get them away from their workstation, but it also has an array of psychological benefits, including improvements to mood and concentration levels.
Mental Health Awareness Week – 10th May to 16th May 2021
Although the considerations above are effective at any time of year, they hold particular relevance during this month due to the focus of the Mental Health Foundation’s Awareness Week.
For this year’s campaign, the theme of ‘nature’ has fittingly been adopted, after millions of us turned to it during the various Covid-19 lockdowns.
The week is dedicated to connecting experiences amongst nature to improvements in mental health, urging leaders and decision makers to promote this wherever possible.
Overall, the message of the campaign is to experience nature, share nature, and talk about nature, with the hashtags ‘#ConnectWithNature’ and ‘#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek’ available to help you get started.
National Walking Month – May 2021
This month has also been nominated as National Walking Month by Living Streets. As above, they place a significant focus on the mental health benefits of walking, while also highlighting the positive effects on physical health, saving money, reducing carbon footprint, and minimising traffic.
As part of the campaign, the charity asks individuals to make a pledge to walk a certain amount of short journeys per week, replacing the use of unnecessary car travel wherever possible.
You can make your pledge by clicking here or get involved on social media with ‘#WalkThisMay’.
If you would like tailored support for the management of any issue covered in these campaigns, AHR Consultants can help. We can deliver training in areas such as Mental Health First Aid, while our team of H&S experts can also review your risk assessments for mental and physical health risks.