10 ways to promote Mental Health Awareness Month at Work
"Do you want to promote mental health in your workplace during Mental Health Awareness Month?
May is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health, making it an ideal time to show employees you care about their mental wellbeing and get them involved and engaged to make a difference.
We’ve come up with 10 different ways you can take initiative for employees in your workplace this Mental Health Awareness Month."
1. Explore the great outdoors
Encouraging employees to spend time outside in nature can help reduce stress and improve overall mental wellbeing. In fact, research has found that spending a total of 120 minutes outside each week is associated with improved health and wellbeing. Take initiative by planning a company-wide hike or nature walk. If your employees work remotely, you can suggest that they take a mid-day break to go for a walk or enjoy nature in a nearby park.
Science has shown that practicing meditation is a powerful way to reduce stress and anxiety. One compelling study found that over an 8-week period, a form of meditation called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the body’s inflammatory response to stress. Encourage employees to try a guided meditation, or provide a quiet space for them to meditate during their lunch break.