Having our colleagues' wellbeing in mind

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Juliet Shadrick

lunchtime walkIt's Mental Health Awareness Week (13- 20 May) and this year it's all about body image - how we think and feel about our bodies. At Simplyhealth our purpose is to improve access to healthcare to help people get the right treatment when they need - and that begins with our colleagues.

Mental health can affect any one at any time. No matter your age or gender, we can all experience times in our lives when we feel dissatisfied with our body image. But for some, this can have a significant and lasting impact on their mental health and wellbeing.

New research from the Mental Health Foundation* found that almost one in three (30%) adults, at some point in their lives, have felt overwhelmed or unable to cope as a result of their body image and appearance.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, we arranged a varied programme of health activities designed with our colleagues' mental wellbeing in mind. From breakfast clubs and lunchtime walks, to guest speakers, on-site massages and chill out areas, there is a range of events to help our colleagues learn more or simply take some time out to focus on themselves.

Breakfast is on us!

AU colleague wellbeing breakfast

Not only does it set you up for the rest of the day, but having good social connections can have a great impact on your mental health. We're hosting breakfast sessions to promote networking with peers and talk to each other about how we-re doing.

Who doesn't like a massage?

We're offering our colleagues the chance to relax, be calm, and enjoy a little pamper while at work with a 15-minute back, neck and shoulder massage. We estimate over 250 massages will be given across the week. 

Advice from the experts:

  • The Sleep Geek - From Channel 4's The Secrets of Sleep, James Wilson will talk to our colleagues and help them learn about his unique techniques for better sleep
  • Mental Health: How to Look After Your Mental Wellbeing - Colleagues will hear from Liggy Webb, an award-winning and bestselling author, presenter and international consultant specialising in life skills
  • Interactive physiotherapy - Katy McGraghan -Hall, MCSPSenior Physiotherapist, will discuss and demonstrate good and bad workplace postures and habits, and host focused sessions for active people and on changes during and post pregnancy

To see more about what we're up to during Mental Health Awareness Week, take a look at our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages