Mental Health First Aid England launch their third My Whole Self Day on Friday 18th March.
The aim of My Whole Self Day is to create a healthier working culture by bringing together diversity and inclusivity with mental health and wellbeing. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that 10 million people may need mental health support as a result of the pandemic, meaning this day is more relevant today than ever.
In 2022 we shouldn’t feel like we have to leave parts of our identity behind – be that our cultural or ethnic background, gender identity, sexuality, disability, or health. The My Whole Self campaign calls on organisations to empower employees to bring their whole self to work, whether that be digitally or in person, and support their own and other’s wellbeing.
In a global study during COVID-19, 89% of employees have said their work life was getting worse and 85% said their wellbeing declined. (Harvard Business Review, February 2021) Ensuring everyone feels safe and confident to speak up and contribute in the workplace will better support peoples’ mental health. It will also help our organisation, and others, to thrive post-pandemic.
You can find a wide range of resources on the Mental health First Aid England’s website to help you open the conversation.
Download the My Whole Self MOT and use it to assess your own mental well-being or that of your employees and colleagues.
Or, if you need some tips for opening the conversation you can download the My Whole Self Talking Tips.