Employee Wellbeing
April 24, 2023

20 things your company could do for mental health awareness week

Mental Health awareness week happens every year in May. Here are some ideas for your company to get behind it.

Hilda Bahringer
7 minutes

Mental Health Awareness Week is an important opportunity to raise awareness and promote mental wellbeing in the workplace. Here are 20 things your company could do for Mental Health Awareness Week with employees:

1. Host a Mental Health Awareness Training

Organize a mental health awareness training session for all employees to attend. This can help to educate your team members on the importance of mental wellbeing, warning signs of poor mental health, and resources available for support.

2. Offer Mental Health Resources

Provide information on mental health resources available to employees such as mental health hotlines, counseling services, and online resources.

3. Promote Self-Care

Encourage employees to prioritize self-care during the week, whether it's taking breaks, going for walks, or practicing mindfulness.

4. Create a Safe Space

Create a safe space where employees can discuss their mental health with managers or peers without fear of judgment or negative consequences.

5. Share Personal Stories

Encourage employees to share personal stories about their experiences with mental health, which can help to reduce stigma and promote a culture of openness and understanding.

6. Offer Mental Health Days

Offer employees mental health days that they can use as needed to prioritize their mental wellbeing.

7. Promote Work-Life Balance

Encourage employees to prioritize work-life balance by limiting overtime, encouraging regular breaks, and avoiding burnout.

8. Promote Healthy Habits

Encourage healthy habits like regular exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep.

9. Create Mental Health Committees

Create mental health committees in the workplace to promote awareness, offer support, and organize events and activities.

10. Offer Meditation or Yoga Classes

Offer meditation or yoga classes for employees to attend during the week to promote relaxation and mindfulness.

11. Organize Team-Building Activities

Organize team-building activities that promote mental wellbeing, such as outdoor activities or community service projects.

12. Create a Mental Health Resource Library

Create a mental health resource library with books, pamphlets, and other materials that employees can access for information and support.

13. Offer Flexible Scheduling

Offer flexible scheduling to help employees balance work and personal responsibilities.

14. Provide Healthier Snacks

Provide healthier snack options during the week to promote physical and mental wellbeing.

15. Organize Mental Health Workshops

Organize mental health workshops led by professionals to provide employees with tools and techniques to manage stress and anxiety.

16. Offer Anonymous Surveys

Offer anonymous surveys to employees to gather feedback on mental health resources and support in the workplace.

17. Create Mental Health Posters

Create mental health posters that promote awareness and resources for employees to access.

18. Create Support Groups

Create support groups for employees who may be struggling with mental health issues, where they can connect with others in a safe and supportive environment.

19. Offer Mindfulness Apps

Offer employees access to mindfulness apps to promote relaxation and stress management.

20. Encourage Open Communication

Encourage open communication between employees, managers, and HR to promote a culture of understanding and support.

By implementing these initiatives, you can help to promote mental wellbeing in the workplace and support your employees during Mental Health Awareness Week. Remember that small actions can make a big impact, and even small gestures can make a difference in someone's mental health journey.

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