Written by Hannah Byrne | Last updated January 5th, 2018
Mental Health Week 2017 takes place from 9th - 14th October. This is a time to reflect on our wellbeing and the wellbeing of those we care about, and ways that we can promote positive mental health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) theme for World Mental Health Day, which takes place October 10th 2017, is mental health in the workplace.
Mental Health Ireland have shared 5 ways to promote wellbeing at work. With 50% of our waking hours spent at work, it’s important to consider the impact our jobs are having on our mental health. Many people bring their work home with them, and the inability to switch off contributes to stress and burnout.
Developing a wellbeing policy for the workplace encourages employees to talk openly about mental health, and ultimately can lead to an increase in productivity by reducing stress and creating a positive working environment.
Mental Health Ireland have shared 5 steps to developing a workplace wellbeing plan, researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.
If these steps are practised daily, they will enhance the wellbeing of employees:
To mark Mental Health Week, Mental Health Ireland will also be holding a 5,000 steps to Wellbeing Walk in UCD Belfield Campus on the 14th October at 2pm. Participants will learn each of the 5 ways to wellbeing at every 1,000 steps.
For more information visit www.mentalhealthireland.ie
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