in honour of raising awareness for world mental health day, we asked some of our colleagues what they do to practice mindfulness; the ability to be in the present moment and just be aware.
for us, raising awareness around mental health means telling as many people as we can that it is always okay to ask for help. with 3 qualified mental health first aid responders across the company, we recognise the need for support within the workplace – which should always be a safe space for our employees.
let’s advocate for change and end the stigma by normalising talking about things and overall, just being kind. ❤️
if you or anyone around you is struggling, please never be afraid to ask for or offer help. here is a start if you don’t know where to look:
samaritans – https://www.samaritans.org/
mind – https://www.mind.org.uk/
nhs mental health – https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/
rethink – https://www.rethink.org/
campaign against living miserably (CALM) – https://www.thecalmzone.net/
did you know that 30% of clothing in wardrobes hasn’t been worn in a year?
this year we are supporting zero waste leeds as well as our local food bank as we channel the christmas spirit of giving!
in an effort to help less people in our community go cold this winter we are donating coats, fleeces, hats, scarves and gloves to be given out for free. last year Zero Waste Leeds were able to give out over 6,500 items of winter clothing to families for no cost, keeping people warm and saving over £132,000!
it is no secret that as a company we are big on sustainability (like seriously big), and this initiative is a great extra way to reduce waste.
alongside this, we are donating to our local food bank as between us, we would like to donate whatever we can to help people this winter. whether that be extra food in the cupboard or the old coat that our kids have grown out of. it all makes a difference 💝
this year we raised £275 for movember !
a handful of our boys sported some serious facial hair in support of men’s mental health awareness and suicide prevention, as well as prostate and testicular cancers – and we couldn’t be prouder. a cause that is close to all of our hearts, the movember movement aims to tackle the men’s health crisis by supporting research, the way that health services support men; and 1,250 men’s health projects globally!
one man dies by suicide every minute, and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. movember aims to prevent this by focusing on early intervention and health promotion, and we are extremely happy that we have been able to contribute to this in any way.
the website advises contacting the nhs on 111 or the samaritans on 116 123 to speak with someone immediately – but to call 999 or go straight to emergency services if you feel anyone’s life is in immediate danger.
check out the 3 week progress selfies … what do you think ?