This year the theme is Loneliness which affects millions of people across the UK & Ireland.
Yesterday marked the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 9-15 May.
As mentioned above this year, the national theme for the week is ‘Loneliness’. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. In Ballynure, Dublin, & Preston on Wednesday 11th May from 6am to 10am we will be activating our own Mental Health Campaign ‘OFF-Load to RE-Load’ where we will be supporting Mental Health Awareness in the workplace and launching our ‘Woodside Quiet Room’. This is a save space within each of our depots dedicated to anyone who needs to avail of some quiet time, speak to a mental health first aider or somewhere just to regroup.
To celebrate this we will be hosting a coffee morning open to all staff, where we will have lots of resources, to include but not limited to mental health awareness, anxiety, depression and panic attacks available as well as having our Mental Health First Aiders accessible for anyone who may need them.
Alongside this event, will be sharing a ton of mental health content on the Woodside Live App, where you can download further resource packs and view information from mental health organisations.
Sarah Crowe HR Manager Woodside Logistics Group said:
“For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It’s where we spend a large proportion of our time. While a lot has changed about what we understand about mental health at work, and how widespread poor mental health is, it's worth noting that supporting mental health in the workplace is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity.”
“We are grateful to be a company that is able to offer a service for mental health awareness of our employees. We have approximately 25 mental health first aiders and more being trained on a regular basis.”
“This year we are delighted to have our very first internal mental health awareness campaign event ‘OFF-Load to RE-Load’ where we will be launching our ‘Woodside Quiet Room’ to give all our employees a safe space to use.”
Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:
“We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.
“Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.
“Loneliness deserves more attention and we’re calling on everyone who has struggled as a result of being lonely to share their experiences. We must work together - as individuals, as a society and through government policy - to reduce loneliness and prevent mental health problems by investing in welcoming, social spaces and new community initiatives.”
Some of the ways you can also participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw.