Ending the stigma: Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
We were pleased to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week this year (10-16 May). Truly inclusive work cultures comprise mental health and workplace wellbeing at their core. They are built by organisations that recognise the importance of educating their leaders and managers about mental health awareness and have policies in place to best support their teams’ mental health. They might also encourage their teams to talk and read about mental health and wellbeing as well as host wellbeing workshops so that they feel empowered to disclose mental health challenges to receive appropriate support.
Mental health challenges are often indiscriminate in who they impact. But people who are more likely to face discrimination have greater chances of experiencing mental ill health. If you are LGBTQ+, you are significantly more likely to report having self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts. If you are a black woman, you are more likely to experience a common mental health problem, like anxiety or depression. And if you are a young person with a learning disability, you are up to four times more likely than your peers to have a diagnosed mental health condition. Each year, Mental Health Awareness Week highlights how disadvantage, bias and discrimination interacts with mental health. We continued the conversation on our social media platforms and with our team. We were blown away by the range of organisations who shared their thoughts and experiences on this important workplace topic and renewed their commitment to mental health awareness.
Rachael Wilson, EW Group Managing Director