How we are celebrating World Mental Health Day 10th October 2019!
On the day that the World Health Organisation (WHO) uses to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world, Citizens Advice Dudley Borough did what they do best and listened to people!
The WHO had a focus around suicide prevention for the day, as suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 -29 year old’s worldwide and every 40 seconds someone dies as a result of suicide.
As a caring, supportive organisation, our health and well-being steering group wanted to raise the profile of this very important day and make sure that everyone who works or volunteers for us had the opportunity to learn more about positive mental health and has resources available to them if they needed support. We did a number of things throughout the day, across the whole of the organisation:
- We held a Coffee and Chat day, which focused on having positive, mindful conversations with each other to increase our understanding of topics like suicide, mindfulness and gratitude;
- We used conversation starters and office games to find out more about each other so we could work together better which increases positive mental health in the workplace;
- We celebrated with cake (and fruit as a healthy option).
- We all had good fun, continued the conversations about mental health and were able to promote local efforts to improve mental health – like the initiative ‘Pom Poms For Loneliness’, discussed Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Mindfulness Guide, reviewed information from ‘Men Against Depression’
As positive mental health and well-being is important to our organisation we have extended World Mental Health Day to the whole of the month of October and we will continue ongoing conversations/activities with employees and volunteers to support this very important issue.