Mental Health Awareness Week ideas

Did you know that Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is just a couple of months away? This is between 8th and 14th of May.

We thought we would give you the opportunity to recognise this week in various ways, either with your work colleagues, in a group or on your own.

Grating some cheese

We’ve put together a selection of ideas. You could choose one of these, a handful, or even push the boat out and do an event every day of the week.

The theme for the week is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ which recognises that good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem. After all, we all have a mental health, so these ideas can benefit everyone. See if any of these take your fancy:

Pledge For Yourself – Pledge to do something for yourself that week, or even one thing a day. You could pledge to make time to get round to doing that thing you really enjoy – watch that film, go on that run, read that book. Or it could be more practical like ticking things off a to-do list or cleaning the house, which might make you feel better afterwards. It’s about prioritising yourself and recognising your worth.

Leave Your Phone at Home Day – We spend more and more time scrolling, liking, sharing and retweeting these days, staring into the abyss of that iPhone or Nokia 3310. To encourage people to take more notice of their surroundings and each other, you could see if your group or team fancy leaving their personal phones at home for a day and see if a break from all that InstaGratification makes them feel refreshed.

Wellbeing breakfast – A group breakfast one morning where people bring in cereals, croissants, fresh fruit, sandwiches and chat about food, mood, and signs of surviving and thriving.

Big Up My Mate/Staff Compliments – An activity to allow people to show an appreciation of eachother. If you work it could be a professional appreciation, perhaps relating to something colleagues do well at work. This acknowledgement of strengths could be a group discussion if you’ve got a small team, or you could even go for a speed dating style format if you have lots of people involved. You could combine this with people saying things they’re grateful for as well.

staff banter

Early finish – You could see whether letting your staff finish early one day improves efficiency, productivity and wellbeing all at the same time. There is even the widely reported Swedish six hour working day model, said to boost productivity and make people happier. You could give this a go for the week and see if it works out?

Secret Santa – OK it’s not Christmas, but who says you can’t spread a little love all year round? Draw names of all entrants from a hat at random and set a maximum spending limit. Alternatively you could replace this with a Random Act Of Kindness day.

Games Lunchtime – Whether its cards and scrabble, or retro party games like pin the tail on the donkey, wellbeing could be improved by playing some games.

Why not share your stories with us? We would love to know what you’re planning and to be able to inspire others with your progress. If you have your own suggestions, why not share them with us via social media (Facebook, Twitter)?

Feel free to get in touch, and any donations you could raise for us whilst doing this would be brilliant as well.