Thursday 4th February is Time to Talk Day, where we choose to talk about mental health and help raise awareness to change lives.
The latest research shows that mental health problems now affect one in four of us, yet it is still something that isn’t discussed as frequently as it should be. This is why Time to Talk Day takes place once a year to encourage everyone to be more open about mental health, to talk, listen and to help change lives.
It’s clear now that the more conversations we have, the more myths and misconceptions we can dispel, helping to remove barriers and improve feelings of isolation, shame and worthlessness.
This year’s event is different because of the pandemic, but that shouldn’t stop anyone reaching out or striking up a conversation.
As part of Stroma's commitment to our employees' health and wellbeing, we're offering an online Mental Health Awareness Training course to all Managers and Directors across the business.
The Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers raises awareness and reduces the stigma surrounding mental health at work. The training explains different working practices that management can use to offer support to colleagues. It also provides practical tools that Managers can use daily to enhance both their own mental health and their employees'.
Stroma is also providing Mental Health First Aid training to colleagues who wish to volunteer to become a Mental Health First Aider. So far, a number of Stroma staff have successfully completed the Mental Health First Aid training, we spoke to them about their experiences on the course.
“I wanted to become a Mental Health First Aider to firstly help the people I work with but also raise awareness about mental health in the work environment. In the world that we live in at the moment, having good mental health should be a priority for everyone. The course was very insightful and has given me the tools to hopefully help my colleagues.” – Amy-Jo Dunwell, Group PA
“Covid-19 has had a severe impact on peoples’ mental health and wellbeing, I wanted to provide support to someone who may need to talk. The Mental Health First Aider Training with MHFA England provided me with the knowledge and tools to provide such support to a colleague who may be experiencing poor mental health.” – Tom Mundy, Senior Marketing Executive
“I volunteered to become a Mental Health First Aider at Stroma to gain a deeper understanding of the issues that may impact or relate to our employees’ mental health. I think organisations should invest in this training, which will increase awareness and hopefully reduce the stigma around mental health.” – Marie Lowe, HR Shared Services Team Leader
Stroma colleagues can book onto a Health & Wellbeing welfare sessions with one of our Mental Health First Aiders via a new appointment system. But of course, our MHFAs are available to talk any time as well.