World Mental Health Day at RSK – let’s make mental health a priority

October 08, 2021

Did you know that 10 October each year is World Mental Health Day?

A day that was created by the World Federation for Mental Health, this annual event is supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other key international and national organisations across the globe, with the aim of raising awareness of mental health and eliminate the stigma surrounding it.

And after all the challenges the world has faced in the last 18 months, everyone is well aware that the issue of mental health has never been more important than right now.

Around 450 million people live with mental disorders, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) world health report, 2001, with one person in every four being affected by a mental disorder at some stage of their lives (WHO, 2012).

And with the impacts of lockdown and the uncertain times so many of us have faced in recent months, it is not surprising that mental health issues have exacerbated in many different ways since the Covid-19 pandemic.

In fact, according to research conducted by MIND, among more than 16,000 people, more than half of adults (60%) and over two-thirds of young people aged 13–24 (68%) said their mental health worsened during lockdown.

What RSK is doing to mark World Mental Health Day

It’s more important than ever to break down the barriers and make mental health a priority, so to mark World Mental Health Day this month, RSK is launching a series of online wellbeing workshops to give employees the chance to take some time out and really focus on their mental health.

Starting from Monday, 4 October and running until Friday, 15 October, the workshops, which will be hosted by RSK colleagues and specialist external health and wellbeing partners, focusing on a series of different subjects relating to mental health: from learning more about menopause to taking some time to discover nature-based yoga nidra and finding out more about managing your finances.

The workshops are a fantastic way for RSK employees to learn more about the various important topics surrounding mental health and to take some time to really focus on their wellbeing, through physical, mental, social, financial and environmental themes.

A spokesperson from the wellbeing team said, “For World Mental Health Day this year, we want to help as many of our employees as possible to learn more about the importance of mental health.

“We have a range of sessions planned to do this, and topics include the menopause, mental health in an unequal world, financial support, sleep, exercise, sketching, personal growth and mastering your inbox.”