08 Oct World Mental Health Day 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected. And services for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been significantly disrupted.
Yet there is cause for optimism. During the World Health Assembly in May 2021, governments from around the world recognised the need to scale up quality mental health services at all levels. And some countries have found new ways of providing mental health care to their populations.
At Ward Williams Associates one way we are helping to support our team with their mental health has been the introduction of our Mental Health First Aiders across all our regional offices. There are members of our team that have been trained in how to recognise and help a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Our MHFA’s are on hand to provide confidential support to our team when they need it the most, through listening and signposting to further assistance.
In addition to this we actively encourage our team to engage with and support our natural environment during work and downtime. Last year we launched our volunteering days where our team can get out of the office for a day to participate in beach cleans, litter picks or other community activities. It benefits the environment and offers our team the opportunity to connect with nature and engage with their local communities.
For more information about this year’s World Mental Health Day visit the link here or join the conversation on social media using #WorldMentalHealthDay.