Graphite recognised as a 'Best Company to Work For' in 2022
Mental Health Awareness Week is organised every year by the Mental Health Foundation in the UK although many other charities support and provide resources for the week.
The theme for 2022 was loneliness. One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time but there is no easy solution or just one cause and extended periods of loneliness have been found to exacerbate mental health issues.
We wanted to encourage the team to take moments to connect with friends, family and work colleagues so a small group of the team came up with our Mental Health Awareness Week challenge in the form of a simple bingo card!
Challenges included baking with a family member, exercising and sharing a selfie with a pet (by far the most popular category with the team). It was a dead heat until the very end between some of the team but we did have one team member complete all sixteen challenges within the last two hours of the challenge. As a small prize, our winners were given a Pause box, which is a wellness subscription box, organised by the mental health charity, Mind.
We were also fortunate to have a virtual yoga session and a 10-minute Monday Morning Meditation scheduled so the team could take a moment to pause and set up ready for the week ahead.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Graphite Project Manager, Lyns, is also a qualified yoga and mindfulness teacher and Mental Health First Aider.
Here, she shares her top 3 tips for taking care of your mental health all year round:
Focusing on mental health and wellbeing shouldn’t only be a priority for one week of the year. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken as an agency to support mental health across our teams all year round: