On Friday 13 April 2018, Interserve Healthcare colleagues ‘went green’ for mental health awareness.
Kelly Lowe, governance systems assistant arranged a day of talks, fundraising by selling green ribbons and cakes, quizzes, green clothing and importantly, awareness raising of mental health.
In the UK, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year. With 1 in 6.8 people experiencing mental health problems in the workplace according to the Mental Health Foundation.
Kelly said: “If you’re lucky enough not to suffer from a mental health illness, you can never imagine for one moment what it’s like for the sufferer. Therefore, I felt it was about time that we raised awareness of how to best help or support someone who is suffering.”
Kelly arranged for a local counselling service to visit Interserve Healthcare’s head office and meet with employees. Confide Counselling are a Shropshire based charity who have been providing talking therapies for nearly 30 years. Their team of qualified counsellors volunteer their time to offer services to those suffering from mild to moderate mental health difficulties.
The discussions aimed to improve people’s knowledge of mental health and provide information on where to go when you might need support. Kelly shared her own experiences and reminded colleagues about the Employee Assistance Programme, which offers a 24-hour confidential helpline to all employees at Interserve.
Janet Radford, the CEO of Confide talked about their work, explained how employees at Interserve could access counselling and shared ‘five top tips to wellbeing’.
In total, £162.72 has been raised and donations are still coming in. The funds will go to Confide, so that they can continue to offer their counselling services across Shropshire.
The awareness day ended with a poignant message from Kelly: “it’s ok, not to be ok.”