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22 May 2020

Encourage kindness amongst your team this Mental Health Awareness Week

This week the Mental Health Foundation is hosting Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of ‘kindness’.

One thing is for sure, in recent weeks we have seen kindness all around us. From painting rainbows to spread cheer, shopping for loved ones and neighbours and picking up the phone to our elderly relatives – we all have done at least one thing to show kindness during the lockdown.

At Peel L&P, we’re committed to positively supporting and maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of all our people. We encourage and enable our people to take personal responsibility for their own mental health and wellbeing. We believe that the mental health and wellbeing of our people is key to organisational success and sustainability.

One of the steps that we took to provide more support is the introduction of Mental Health First Aiders into the business. Alongside our Employee Assistance Programme and as part of our Health & Wellbeing Strategy, we now have 14 trained Mental Health First Aiders across various business units.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.

Mental Health First Aiders are not trained to be therapists or psychiatrists, but they can offer initial support through non-judgemental listening and guidance.

During lockdown in the UK, the in-house Peel L&P marketing team launched “Wellbeing Wednesday” – a weekly e-newsletter to help keep our employees connected and supported to stay positive whilst we were unable to leave our homes.

The bulletin is packed with good news, exercise videos, kids’ activities and recipes. It has helped to bring us all together during a time when we have never been so far apart. The initiative has proved popular and encourages people to share their own stories and ideas to lift morale and help each other out.

Additionally, through the Westfield Health Cash Plan, our people are also able to access the Employee Assistance Programme which provides telephone counselling & support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2001, the foundation has raised awareness of topics like body image, stress and relationships. Read more about the kindness theme chosen by the Mental Health Foundation here.