Mental Health Awareness Week is fast approaching. Set for 15th to 21st May in 2023, the theme this year is “anxiety”.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems we can face. In a recent mental health survey which the Mental Health Foundation carried out around stress, anxiety and hopelessness over personal finances, a quarter of adults said they felt so anxious that it stopped them from doing the things they want to do some or all of the time. Six in ten adults feel this way, at least some of the time.
On a positive note though, anxiety can be made easier to manage.
Through Mental Health Awareness Week – an initiative run by Mental Health Foundation – the aim is to increase people’s awareness and understanding of anxiety by providing information on the things that can help prevent it from becoming a problem.
How employers can help
Employers can play a significant role too and many workplaces now proactively use Mental Health Awareness week to raise awareness with colleagues.
To help employers to really engage their people this year Make A Difference will be running two free-to-attend webinars focused around anxiety.
A compassionate approach to managing anxiety
The week before mental health awareness week, on Thursday 11th May, from 10.30am – 11.30am, SilverCloud by Amwell are sponsoring our Make A Difference masterclass webinar entitled “A compassionate approach to managing anxiety and creating a healthy work-life balance”.
This will be led by clinical psychologist Dr Malie Coyne. Malie will share insights into:
- How nurturing our Soothing brain helps to counter-balance feelings of threat in the face of uncertainty
- How to activate our coping skills, so we can focus on what we can control.
- Advice around parenting in these anxious times
Why managers are struggling and how to help them thrive
During Mental Health Awareness Week, on Thursday 18th May, from 10.00am – 11.00am, Vitality & Britain’s Healthiest Workplace will be sponsoring an interactive Make A Difference webinar entitled: Managers matter: Why managers are struggling and how to help them thrive.
This includes insights into:
- Why managers are struggling: the macro and micro influences on managers’ mental health
- The impact of getting this wrong for your managers, your teams and your business
- What employers can do to provide the support that’s needed
Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.