Bring your whole self to work, It’s good for mental wellbeing and good for business.

Edu-c8 are getting ready to support Mental Health First Aid England’s (MHFA) new campaign “My Whole Self Day” on 18th March. Bring your whole self to work, It’s good for mental wellbeing and good for business.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched the My Whole Self toolkit, the digital centrepiece of its new campaign for workplace culture change.

My Whole Self is calling on organisations to empower people to bring their ‘whole self’ to work because it’s better for mental wellbeing and better for business. This new campaign calls on companies and places of work to encourage their team members to bring their whole selves to work and is being celebrated later this month.

One of Google’s most recent studies has shown that ‘psychological safety’ is one of the most important factors for high performing, excelling teams.

“In 2020, it isn’t possible – or desirable – to try to fit ourselves into a one-size-fits-all work-shaped suit, or be expected to leave part of ourselves at the door when we get to work. “Empowering people to be their authentic self isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes good business sense. Being our whole self at work enables improved performance, boosting creativity and innovation. It builds psychological safety, deeper connections – and research shows these are a key ingredient in every successful team.”

Simon Blake, Chief Executive, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

So how can you help your team to feel more supported?

Investing in Mental Health First Aiders at work is one positive step.

MHFA is an internationally recognised training course which teaches managers and staff how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide support , reassurance, and guide people to the help they may need on a first aid basis. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but just like physical first aid, it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis.

Mental health issues cost businesses huge amounts every year, find out more about the cost to business here.

If you want to get your business involved in MHFA England’s campaign “My Whole Self Day” download the My Whole Self toolkit, MHFA have some great resources available on their website, including social media banners, posters to print out and activities to run across your business: 

If you’d like to get more involved in supporting others’ mental health, get in touch to find out more about our open courses and in-house training courses for your business, please contact anne@edu-c8.co.uk or call 0330 333 9244.

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