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Mental Health Awareness Week - 10-16 May 2021

22 April 2021

The mental health of employees is an important consideration for many employers, and for good reason. Better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year1.

However, the need for mental health support has increased throughout the COVID-19 pandemic2, with employees reporting reduced motivation, loss of purpose and motivation, anxiety and isolation during lockdowns in the UK3

With Mental Health Awareness Week starting on the 10th of May this year, it’s a good opportunity to let your employees know the ways in which you can support them with their mental health and wellbeing.

The theme this year is ‘nature’, with evidence suggesting that being in nature can have a positive impact on mental health4, and walking outside and visiting green spaces have been popular ways that people have been coping with the pandemic so far this year5. This month’s Your Wellbeing issue follows the same theme and contains lots of tips on the different ways to enjoy nature, as well as expert advice from a mental health nurse.

Download the leaflet here to share with your employees, and use the poster and e-screen to let your employees know it’s available. You can read more about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week at https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

1 https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/statistics/mental-health-statistics-mental-health-work

2 https://www.who.int/news/item/05-10-2020-covid-19-disrupting-mental-health-services-in-most-countries-who-survey

3 https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/supporting-mental-health-workplace-return#gref

4 Bratman GN, Anderson CB, Berman MG, et al. Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective. Science Advances 2019: 5(7):eaax0903. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aax0903

5 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02942/full



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