Mental Health Awareness Post Round Up

By Terry Streather | oakwood

May 12

Awareness events are great, but as Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 draws to a close, far too many may feel they have ticked that box now...on to the next priority!

But hold on...

Our mental wellbeing is at the very centre of all we do; from how we feel, to our attitudes about things, to the way we behave and even perform at work.

And until we start to prioritise it, both as individuals and organisations, things won't get any better. 

So, here's the challenge...

Don't let all the great work of this week be a tick in the box. Make real and lasting change.  

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, I thought I would bring together our most popular blogs on the subject. 

​Here you'll find links to posts covering the most common forms of mental ill health. I also "gently challenge" some of the more widely held views and perceptions out there, in the hope that we start to be a little more mindful of how we speak about and treat people experiencing poor mental health, whether it be diagnosed or not. 

This week has been all about viewing mental well-being from a different perspective. Rather than focusing on labels, diagnosis and signs and symptoms, it's challenged us all to think about one simple question...

Are you "Surviving" or "Thriving"? ​

Mirror mirror on the wall…
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Is Safety and Health at the heart of your work?
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Stress: If we didn’t cause it, it’s not our problem.
Stress doesn’t have to start at work to become a problem at work. You’ve had an argument with your partner[...]
Is Poor Work-Life Balance Holding Women Back?
It’s no secret that gender equality in the boardroom is a real issue for businesses. In fact, the number of[...]
You Did What To Yourself?
Self-harm is rarely about ‘attention seeking’. Nor is it something that only teenagers do to be part of whatever group[...]
Food For Thought
Say 'Eating Disorder' and images of painfully thin supermodels spring to mind. Most people think that if you don't look[...]
We Need To Talk
The workplace is an especially difficult place to talk about mental health. In fact, only 16% of employees feel able[...]
If You Go Down To The Digital Woods Today…
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The Sleep Resolution
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It Needn’t Be Lonely This Christmas
Back in 1974, British glam rock band Mud topped the UK singles chart with the now-perennial festive season song ‘Lonely[...]
I’ll Drink To That, Or Maybe Not…
Common mental disorders like anxiety and depression affect 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men. It may be[...]
If you enjoyed what you've read and it got you thinking, please feel free to share it with your networks to get the message out there. 

About the Author

Terry is Director and Head of Training at Oakwood. He helps clients promote a proactive, rather than reactive approach to both personal safety and the positive mental health of their staff. He has over 12 years teaching experience in these areas, and advises organisations in the development of appropriate risk assessment and policy.