Monday 15th to Sunday 21st May was Mental Health Awareness Week. Poor mental health is a growing concern in the construction industry, which is why raising awareness and promoting positive mental wellbeing is something we take very seriously at Elkins.
As part of this year’s campaign, which was focused on anxiety, our Mental Health First Aid team encouraged our staff to try some activities to improve their mental wellbeing throughout the week and share the results. Marnie from our MHFA team produced the poster below with some suggested activities, which was displayed in communal areas across our sites and offices.
Throughout the week, the MHFA team shared activity sheets with staff – including sudokus, colouring sheets, crosswords and word searches – to encourage everyone to take 10 minutes out of their day for a mindful activity.
Many of the team were inspired to get moving during the week. Below are some photos from Marnie’s sunset walk and Rob and Kalvin’s cycle ride. Rob said, “I’d been putting off going for a ride all week but was feeling quite stressed one day so made an effort to finish work on time and finally get out for a few miles. It made such a difference to be outside, enjoying nature in the sunshine, and I felt much better afterwards.”
Marnie said, “The MHFA team wanted to make sure we did something meaningful that would have a positive impact on staff during this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Through sharing resources and activities, we were able to prompt people to take a few minutes out of their day to take a break and do something mindful. It’s been great to see so many of the team getting involved and the feedback has been very positive. We hope it’ll inspire people to continue with some of the activities they’ve tried this week on a regular basis and that they will experience the benefits.”