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Moving more for your mental health

Scitech observes Mental Health Awareness Week with active participation.

At Scitech, we work hard throughout the year to ensure that we are not just paying lip service to mental health; we’re actively engaged in fostering a culture where mental well-being is a priority, every single day. But that’s not to say that we don’t embrace Mental Health Awareness Week and the opportunities it provides to further raise awareness of what help is available and how we should all be looking out for each other. 

Our Mental Health Week activities

Kicking off the week, we emphasized the importance of movement for mental well-being. Encouraging our colleagues to take breaks, embrace walking meetings, and incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, we highlighted the undeniable link between physical and mental health. It was a reminder that small changes in our habits can make a significant difference in our overall well-being.

As the week progressed, we delved into the world of literature on Tuesday, with colleagues sharing inspiring books and personal insights. This exploration of the written word served as a reminder of the power of storytelling and how it can offer solace and perspective during challenging times.

Wednesday saw us focusing on the importance of stretching and movement exercises to alleviate muscular tension and promote relaxation. By incorporating these simple exercises into our daily routines, we were reminded of the interconnectedness of mind and body, and the importance of self-care.

Thursday brought a spotlight on Adrian Jones, a colleague whose dedication to cycling serves as a testament to the benefits of physical activity for mental health. Adrian’s candid insights into his fitness journey resonated deeply with us, reinforcing the idea that physical exercise can be a form of therapy in itself.

Our activities will culminate today (17 May) in a “Listen and Share” session, where colleagues have the opportunity to open up about their own mental health experiences. This session aims to foster a sense of community and solidarity as we listen, empathise, and support one another.

As we reflect on Mental Health Awareness Week, we are reminded of the importance of prioritising mental health not just during this designated week but every single day.

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