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Mental Health Awareness Week

Why are too few of us thriving with good mental health?

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the Mental Health Foundation has decided to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, they will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.

Unfortunately, mental health still has stigma attached to it when compared to physical health: mental health conditions might be invisible (opposed to having your broken arm in a sling), or misunderstood (depression is not the same as 'being in a sad mood'). But health is health, there shouldn't be any stigma.

The Inclusion Committee is made up of staff volunteers whose purpose is to create a more inclusive workplace culture for everyone, and drive inclusion and diversity initiatives here at The CII - like Mental Health Awareness Week.  

With that in mind, The CII is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week with a range of activities for staff, including an introduction to mindfulness session, a themed film night screening Silver Linings Playbook and a Sleep Talk session on how to get that all important good night's sleep.

We're also encouraging all staff to wear the This Is Me campaign green ribbon to demonstrate visible support for those struggling with mental ill health and to challenge the stigma around it.

I wish you all a healthy week.

 

Tali Shlomo, People Engagement Director at the CII

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