Mental Health Awareness Week took place from 13th to 19th May.
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the week raises awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspires action to promote the message of good mental health for all.
During the week we took the opportunity to celebrate the first anniversary of NECS signing the Time to Change pledge, which is a commitment to all of our staff to change how we think and act about mental health within NECS.
Throughout the week, there was a series of staff newsletters promoting topics relating to mental health which included sleep, work-life balance, physical exercise and drugs and alcohol.
Contact details for our Mental Health Champions and Mental Health First Aiders were distributed along with links to videos of some of our staff sharing their experiences of mental health and their methods of coping with stress.
Stephen Childs, Managing Director of NECS said, “Incredibly it has been a year since we made our Time to Change Pledge. Mental health matters have been seldom out of the news since with a queue of celebrities eager to tell their stories and declare their commitment to tackling the stigma associated with poor mental health. But as we enter Mental Health Awareness Week it is perhaps timely to remind ourselves that the real difference will be made by each of us, opening up about our personal challenges, listening patiently to others and being prepared to offer support and consideration. We could each make a real difference to someone.”