Scitech wellbeing campaign to promote Mental Health Awareness Week

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, our team of Wellbeing Champions planned a week-long campaign aimed at offering practical tips and advice to promote good mental health among our staff members.

Throughout this week, colleagues across Scitech have received a daily email, each focusing on how anxiety can affect people’s mental health in different ways and providing practical advice. There was also a special “Lunch and Listen” event where two of our colleagues bravely shared their personal stories about their mental health challenges. This session aimed to create a safe and supportive environment for open conversations about mental health struggles and to encourage empathy and understanding among our colleagues.

Employee wellbeing

The week’s activities build on our robust wellbeing programme, which ensures we offer timely support for the various factors that can affect mental health. We understand the crucial role that managers play in supporting their teams through challenges such as bereavement, cancer, sickness absence, and mental health issues. To facilitate this, we provide training for our managers, equipping them with the necessary skills to approach these topics sensitively and in a fair and consistent manner.

Moreover, we understand that some employees may not feel comfortable confiding in their managers. To address this concern, we established a team of Wellbeing Champions who are Mental Health First Aid trained who can signpost support to those in need.

To further enhance the support available to our employees, we offer an Employee Assistance Programme that provides counselling and advice on a range of issues. This includes parenting, work matters, and debt management. The comprehensive programme ensures that our employees have access to professional assistance when they require it most.

Prioritising mental health

By launching this campaign and implementing a range of support initiatives, we aim to actively foster a culture that prioritises mental health and well-being. Emma Dawas, HR Manager, said: “At Scitech, we believe that our employees’ well-being is of utmost importance. We understand that mental health is a critical aspect of overall wellness, and we are committed to providing our colleagues with the necessary support and resources. Through initiatives like our “Lunch and Listen” session and our comprehensive wellbeing programme, we aim to create a safe and inclusive environment where everyone feels supported. We want our employees to know that their mental health matters, and we are here to help them navigate any challenges they may face. Together, we can foster a culture of empathy, understanding, and wellbeing within our organisation.”

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