As we come to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, here is a recap of some of the great efforts of from around the firm to raise awareness and encourage conversations about mental health and together help #endthestigma.
This year's theme has been #maketimeforyou and the week was kicked off with a blog by Managing Partner Linda Woolley. She reminded us of the various activities that we have at Kingsley Napley to support our wellbeing and confirmed that the firm would be welcoming SANE, a mental health charity as one of our chosen charities for 2017-2019.
Everyone was encouraged to #maketimeforyou and wear the ‘This is me in the City’ green ribbons which were distributed as part of the early morning desk drop.
Day two’s focus was on how to sleep better. According to the information received, pythons sleep for up to 18 hours a day, while giraffes generally sleep for less than two. Aiming for somewhere in between, here is a reminder on the four pillars of good sleep and how to make sure you are getting the right kind.
Members of the KN Choir also took their rehearsal outside that afternoon. In a “song crawl”, the group sang in a number in different locations around Farringdon to raise awareness for the cause and experience the effect of different environments on their sound. One member said that “it was a truly rewarding and invigorating experience and hopefully something we can repeat in the future!”
Managing stress was the theme of the day, and a significant number of staff attended the Managing Stress & Resilience with Mindfulness Meditation session, run by Stretching in the City. Mindfulness has been shown to help with a number of conditions including stress, anxiety and depression and is an increasingly popular tool to help improve mental health.
Things also got competitive as the MHAW 2017 Quiz was launched, with a luxury spa day for 2 up for grabs. Aimed at getting staff to think about their mental wellbeing and those around them, the quiz provided some handy facts as to how to improve your mental wellbeing.
The topic turned to all things food on Thursday, and a copy of The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food by Rachel Kelly were provided as part of a kitchen drop around the firm. Staff were reminded how food impacts on mental health and how to eat well, with a good mood food index pinned to each fridge.
Staff were also informed of the benefits of music and encouraged to create their own ‘HAPPY’ playlist on Spotify.
Thursday's information was put to good on Friday morning, with a firmwide good mood food breakfast buffet with no 'naughty treats' in sight!
We were also delighted to welcome speakers SANE, who told us about the incredible work they are doing for the many individuals who need somewhere to turn. See further information about the work SANE do below and on their website and Twitter.
In summary and going forward
MHAW 2017 has been a great success and received well at the firm, but things do not stop there. Kingsley Napley is a champion of improving mental health and offers a wide variety of activities aimed at reducing stress and boosting employees’ wellbeing, both physical and mental.
The firm has previously held training sessions run by MIND and ongoing activities throughout the year include yoga, meditation, running club, walking club, choir, as well as sports teams. We also have our very own Fitness room onsite. Healthy snacks are provided each week in kitchens/breakout areas and the firm offers money towards wellbeing activities for each member of staff. We would encourage you to continue to #maketimeforyou throughout your daily lives and remember: help is out there should you require it and #itsoktotalk
SANE is a UK-wide Registered Charity established in 1987.
Of those who call SANE’s helpline, SANEline, 35% have suicidal thoughts; 10% are using self harm as a way of coping ; and 80% fear their mental illness is in crisis yet have nowhere else to turn.
SANE has 3 main objectives
- To raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services
- To provide care and support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public
- To initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness
Overall SANE's AIM is to ‘Change Mental Health for Good’ and the way they do this is to:
- give people a channel to make their voice heard;
- give them knowledge to support them in making decisions that may, without it, seem terrifying and impossible;
- give them time and support in coming to terms with their situation and considering how to move forward;
- and in these ways enable them to engage with the challenges they face and take steps to help with their recovery. who turn to SANE.