Mental Health Awareness Week 2019.

Since Mental Health Awareness Week 2018, we’ve been busy implementing new internal initiatives to ensure Top Banana is equipped and educated on mental health issues.

Here’s what we’ve been up to over the last year…

  1. Signed the Time to Change Pledge

We kicked things off this time last year, by signing the Time to Change pledge, committing to change the way we all think and act about mental health in the workplace. Within this, we created an internal video ‘Time to Talk’, where Top Banana employees spoke about their own experiences with mental health. 

Jemma Peers, Commercial Director commented “I debated whether to take part in the film purely because I didn’t want people to think less of me as a leader for having a mental health problem. However, I want to stand up and show everybody in the business that no matter what you suffer with, it will not stop your development or progress as we as business will help support you to be the best that you can be.”

We hosted a week full of activities following Event Wells #LetsTalk Campaign and created a ‘5 T’s poster which we keep internally as a reminder and guide on how to step away during stressful times. The T’s are simple actions and solutions that can we can do at work every day if needed, which will simply allow us to take a step back, breathe and re-calibrate when things get tough.

  • MIND Workshop

We had mental health charity MIND come into Top Banana HQ, to do a workshop with all of our staff on mental health awareness and how to recognise problems and manage stress. This was to help break down barriers and end the stigma around talking about our problems with our work colleagues

  • Line Manager Mental Health Training

Following the success of our MIND session, we had all of our line managers take formal mental health training. Our middle managers were perfect for this, as they have a great overview of staff and are regularly in our offices; meaning they’re always there to talk to employees who might need help or support, plus can recognise issues early on and speak out if they think someone is in need.

  • Internal Online Magazine: End the Stigma

Our main internal resource for mental health was generated over the last year. We created an online magazine ‘End the Stigma’ which includes resources and support pages; as well as blogs from employees who have fought their own battles and our Time to Talk video – created as part of our Time to Change pledge.

It’s a hub full of resources that our employees can use privately, but also shares important information on campaigns such as ‘Ask Twice’ and external mental health support networks such as The Samaritans.

Our most recent update to the online magazine is the information from the Mental Health Awareness week’s 2019 campaign on Body Image – a thought provoking topic that we’ve not previously covered at Top Banana.

We will continue to improve our mental health awareness and as a company, will carry on pledging time and resources into the wellbeing of our staff. We’ve got lots planned for 2019 so watch this space for more announcements!

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