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Beat the January Blues

R.E.D JAUNARY is a movement helping to raise awareness and support for mental health, through the power of exercise.
In partnership with the charity Mind it also encourages people to raise money for the charity as well as raising the awareness of mental health issues and promote the positive impact that exercise can have on wellbeing.

What is RED January?

Originally the RED stands Run Every Day but now it is more inclusive to encourage people of all ages to get more active in January. There are no rules and no judgements you can do any exercise and how far you want.

The emphasis is on any exercise and to celebrate every achievement, no matter how large or small.

RED January can provide you with a goal and a focus in a characteristically tough month, empowering you to start the year as you mean to go on.

Why January?

Dark nights, freezing cold, ice, snow, bitter wind and muddy puddles.
While you are tying up your laces and looking for your glove sand bobble hat the question you often ask yourself. Why January!??

Firstly, After the expense of Christmas…its free to take part.
Secondly, It is a great way to start the year!  Each tick on your chart adding a days activity is empowering.
Great community spirt. Facebook groups encouragement is amazing, also a place for people to share how they are feeling.
A good focus to get thought what can be for some a tough month.
It is forming healthy habits to continue throughout the year.

87% of REDers felt significantly better physically and mentally after completing RED January 2018*

*according to the post RED January 2018 survey.
Team Donkin

In 2018 We have a team of 16 family members from the age of 10 to late seventies, running, walking and cycling in the UK and Australia. We raised £1225. We also had great fun encouraging each other and posting photos mainly looking cold and muddy!

I ran into work most days, and so many people asked why I was running.  It was definitely a good way to bring mental health awareness to the workplace and start the conversation.

It’s a great way to start the year, but it can be tough some days to find the time or motivation. January seemed a VERY LONG month!

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Top employers press Government on Mental Health

Where’s Your Head At is a campaign which will improve the mental health of the nation by ensuring employers look after the wellbeing of their workforce.

The campaign is to change work place law so that employees have their mental health equality safeguarded as they do their physical health. The campaign is asking the government to make it compulsory for workers to have colleagues trained in Mental health support and awareness.

 

Who Supports Where’s Your Head At?

‘Where’s Your Head At?’ founded by Natasha Devon MBE, MHFA England and Bauer Media, and has received cross-party backing.
On 8th October 2018 to mark mental health awareness day a petition with over 200,000 public signatures to was presented to Downing Street.

A specially-commissioned study by Bauer showed that half of employees who have taken time off work for a mental health issue told their boss it was for a different reason.

Where’s Your Head At Open Later

On November 18th an Open Letter from by industry leaders from across business, including Lord Sugar and bosses from Thames Water and Ford of Britain was deliver to downing street.
To read the letter

At the last general election, the Conservatives said they would amend health and safety rules so employers would have to treat mental health the same way they treat physical health, the letter is asking Theresa May to asking her to prioritise this pledge.

Evidence also shows that the earlier a mental health issue – like stress, anxiety or depression – is detected the easier it is to manage and treat.

One in six people of working age will experience mental ill health including depression, anxiety or issues relating to stress. Mental health issues are also estimated to cost the UK economy almost £35 billion every year and 15.4 million working days are lost to work-related stress, depression or anxiety. 

The companies behind the letter contend the change in the law would help break the stigma of mental illness at work and make it easier for staff to talk about your mental health at work and ensure staff are supported correctly.

For more information about mental health in the workplace