13th May 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week at NCG
This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week, which aims to educate and increase awareness about mental ill health in the UK.
We all have times when we feel down or stressed. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
As an employer of over 2,000 staff, who work so incredibly hard in supporting vulnerable adults with complex and challenging needs, we have made it a priority that we support our staff with their mental health and well-being whenever possible.
Mental Health Awareness Week is a perfect opportunity for us to show how committed we are in support you and helping to tackle the negative stigma surrounding mental ill health!
So how are we getting involved?
We have developed a dedicated well-being page on our staff intranet, where all our staff can access articles and content that will advise them on how to cope better with their mental health and also introduce to them the support that is available.
NCG have also published a Health and Well-being guide, which aims to educate staff on the importance of mental health and how to spot the signs early in order to better support someone who may be showing symptoms of it.
In the past few months, NCG have implemented a Mental Health First Aid Training programme which has been conducted with managers of all our services across the country.
Those who have received training have been encouraged to host a drop-in session throughout the week, allowing for staff to start a conversation about mental health or seek support from their managers.
Whilst those involved in our services have been asked to take part in our Mental Health Survey, which allows staff to provide feedback on the support they would like to receive and share their mental health story without being judged.
It is our responsibility to ensure that we are supporting all our staff the best way we possibly can with their mental health and well-being, and providing them with the necessary support function could make a positive difference to someone’s life.
If you would like to share your mental health story with us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.