Monday marks the launch of our first Mental Health Awareness Week programme and there are many opportunities to take part in the days ahead.
Running from 7-11 October, there’s a busy schedule of events and activities that I really hope will open conversations and shine a light on the support available.
The time we spend at work is a large part of all of our lives – taking care of our own mental health and that of the friends and colleagues around us is important, but perhaps it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves.
Mental health has to be a focus every day, not just a date on the calendar once a year, but this week is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and set the tone. I’d encourage everyone to get involved.
In partnership with the NHS, Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership and third sector partners, we have developed Connect 2 – a series of events which aim to help raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace and breakdown some of the taboos and stigma that are associated with mental health.
Talks, awareness sessions and training opportunities both face to face and online are planned. For colleagues not based in the city centre, a mobile information bus will be touring offering insights and advice on mental health. You can find out more and book tickets here.
It’s important mental health is kept at the top of the agenda throughout the Council, with a recent webinar hosted by Derek McGowan and the activity around Suicide Prevention Week worth recapping on if you didn’t catch them first time around.
Value is such an important guiding principle – recognising a job well done, but also acknowledging the challenges individuals face both on a personal and professional level. This week is about flying the flag for mental health awareness and underlining the value we place on wellbeing in the workplace.
Thank you in advance for your support and to the teams both from within the Council and our partner organisations who have worked so hard to create such a comprehensive and engaging programme.