With so many of us suffering mentally due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s annual ‘Time to Talk Day’ is perhaps even more crucial in the current climate.
Conversations about mental health will be happening nationwide today as part of the social movement organised by Time to Change to end the stigma surrounding speaking out about your problems and asking for help.
In a bid to use our platforms in a positive light, our head office and provisions across the UK are promoting awareness of positive mental health.
On Friday 5th Feb, instead of tea and toast, staff are invited to grab a brew, enjoy a KitKat and attend a virtual ‘Take time to talk’ team meeting and start conversations about how we and our colleagues are feeling.
We have also put together the ‘MPCT Mental Health at Work’ booklet that contains useful hints and tips on staying well.
As well as content being aimed at making our people feel good about themselves, we are shining a light on the support on offer as an MPCT employee.
This year’s theme for Time to Talk Day is “the power of small” and aims to serve as a reminder that one small conversation can make a big difference not only to those suffering; but in driving a change in attitudes to destigmatise mental health.
Statistically, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
If the implications associated with the current Covid-19 pandemic are considered, inevitably this figure could rise.
MPCT’s Director of HR, Donna Briggs says
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“Time to Talk Day is about encouraging people to get talking about mental health and it has never felt more needed than now.
“This latest lockdown has been incredibly challenging for so many of us so we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the support available to them if they are struggling.
“We want to use our own platforms today to encourage people suffering their own struggles to reach out and talk, to share their stories and to realise they aren’t alone.”Donna Briggs HR Director MPCT