Be in your colleague’s corner

Time to Change, World Mental Health Day Published: Monday, 2nd October 2017

Warrington Borough Council is supporting World Mental Health Day to promote mental health in the workplace.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year. This year the theme is ‘mental health in the workplace’, where people are being encouraged to look after their own mental wellbeing at work, inspire colleagues to look after theirs, support colleagues who have mental health problems, challenge stigma and strive to make workplaces healthier environments.

If your work has a negative impact on your mental health, or a pre-existing mental health problem means that you’re finding work difficult, then it’s important to ask for support. Talk to someone you trust such as a friend, colleague, your manager, or your GP. Many work places have support available to help employees manage mental health problems and systems in place to enable work related issues to be resolved.

Cllr Pat Wright, executive board member for statutory health and adult social care, said: “Having a conversation about mental health at work doesn’t have to be difficult. I would encourage people to talk about mental health and wellbeing and make time to show concern for the mental wellbeing of colleagues.

It is vital we seek support ourselves, if our work environment has a negative impact on our own mental wellbeing or the mental wellbeing of our colleagues. By doing this we will help to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.”

There will also be a Health and Wellbeing event taking place to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October at The Gateway, Warrington town centre.

Organised by the Warrington Wellbeing Partnership steering group to promote the recently launched Warrington Wellbeing Service, the event will give local people the opportunity to find out more about health and wellbeing services in the town and receive expert advice on how to stay well.

Warrington’s mental health awareness site has information about how to look after your mental wellbeing and details of a wide range of local and national mental health support services.

If you are finding it hard to cope, are feeling desperate or are having thoughts of suicide, you can talk to your GP, or call the Warrington Assessment Team on 01925 666 647. The assessment team is for people with moderate to severe symptoms of mental health problems.

You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123; PAPYRUS HOPELineUK for young people on 0800 068 41 41; or CALM (for men) on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight). These three charities support people who are in distress, are feeling suicidal or who are worried about a friend or family member.

Warrington’s Health and Wellbeing event takes place on Tuesday 10 October, from 1pm – 6pm at The Gateway, 85-101 Sankey Street, WA1 1SR.