This year, Time to Talk Day is a bit different at Catsurveys. Usually we would have the team gathered together in our office discussing mental health and wellbeing over a cup of tea and some cake from our annual bake sale to raise funds for Mates in Mind. However as we all know, that isn’t possible at the moment. So this year, we are spreading awareness via our virtual channels with our team!
Our goal is to help our team achieve better mental wellbeing by creating a sense of community, belonging and removing the feeling of isolation that can come from trying to cope by yourself.
Taking the time to talk
Talking is good for your mental health. It’s as simple as that. On Time to Talk Day, we encourage our team to have a conversation about mental health – whether that involves texting a friend or chatting to a colleague. We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to.
Last year, as part of our ongoing mental health and wellbeing agenda, we launched a mental health check-in facility for our staff to use if they wish. The aim was to offer another line of communication, giving the opportunity to ask for support from one of our mental health first aiders without approaching them face to face (which can be daunting!).
The form isn’t just for when our employees are struggling with their mental health. It asks a simple question; ‘How are you feeling?’ and the user can select from the following options:
- I’m feeling great
- I’m feeling happy
- I’m feeling okay
- I’m feeling meh
- I’m not doing well and need space
- I’m having a hard time and wouldn’t mind a check in
- I’m struggling and need support
This facility has been utilised by the team, particularly through lockdown when we have all experienced feeling a little disconnected. We are now looking at expanding the mental health check-in to give even more options to choose from based on feedback from our staff.
Our message to our team is simple and clear; talking is beneficial, and there is always someone there to listen and give support if needed.
Don’t suffer in silence
If you are struggling, remember you are not alone. There is always someone there to support you. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to someone that you know, free and confidential helplines are available:
Samaritans: 116 123
Construction Industry Helpline: 0345 605 1956
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line: 0300 5000 927
Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline: 0808 808 1677