Today, 10th October 2017, the world recognises ‘Mental Health Day’, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.
This year, companies and organisations all over the world focus on Mental Health in the Workplace.
“During our adult lives, a large proportion of our time is spent at work. Our experience in the workplace is one of the factors determining our overall wellbeing…. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.”
As part of Mental Health Day, Aarsleff Ground Engineering raised £450 for their local MIND charity, which they are using to purchase medals for their Tinsel 10K Charity Run, a great event in our local community that aims to raise awareness, improve services, and promote understanding of mental health. Aarsleff’s Marketing Coordinator Jessica Banham met with Newark Mind’s Business Coordinator Sarah Robinson for the donation handover.
Newark Mind is the leading mental health charity for Newark and Sherwood. Their vision is a society in which there is support, respect and acceptance for people who have mental and emotional issues, enabling them to cope and to experience a greater sense of well-being and independence. They do this by promoting inclusion by challenging discrimination, working closely with but independently of statutory services providers, by actively encouraging user participation in all aspects of the charity’s activities, including membership of the management committee, promoting positive images of mental health and by providing services, which are accessible at the point of delivery. Part of the national organisation, Newark Mind has been in existence since 1982, with a remit of providing services to people who have had or are experiencing mental ill health. They not only support individuals but also their families and close others who are affected by the situation as a whole and aim for services to be responsive, inclusive, relevant and accessible.
“Their approach is that we ALL struggle with mental health at some point in our life, maybe through bereavement, trauma, and relationship breakdown or even just by having a bad day! They can help by offering support through specific groups like anxiety support, befriending, counselling, form filling, one to one supportive listening and crisis and information signposting”
As much as possible they offer services free of charge, but as a charity, they do rely on donations and volunteer assistance, so if you want more information or want to donate please visit: Newark Mind Donations
If you would like to learn more about the MIND organisation, and ways that you can take care of yourself, please visit Mental Health at Work