Breaking the stigma: YES staff on World Mental Health Day 2022
Breaking the stigma: YES staff on World Mental Health Day 2022 Oct 10, 2022
On Monday 10th October 2022, YES staff came together to discuss the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Various departments within the company including Marketing, ECO, Projects and IT, joined in our 'Breaking the stigma workshop'.
Our CEO Duncan McCombie and Commercial director Alex Wilkes joined in the meeting, giving useful insight and reassurance as senior members of the team.
Alex reflected on his previous training within mental health, while Duncan encouraged staff to include their managers in their mental health journeys, to create a plan and work through the issues as a team:
"My approach to mental health is breaking down the stigma - a broken head is just as important as a broken arm. It needs to be recognised and healed."
From going over the basics to looking at psychological theory, staff shared and learned important facts about mental health.
Projects administrator Tierni attended the workshop, stating:
"I was shocked by the statistics and feel like I now have a greater understanding of mental health issues."
When presented with statistics, staff learned that mental health issues are far more common than they originally thought.
For example, four out of 100 people are diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder on any given day.
Breaking the stigma
Marketing apprentice Chloe ran the session, urging the importance of reaching out:
"Mental health is important every day of the week, but today is a good opportunity to share some useful resources so people can recognise there is support available.
"If you find yourself struggling, be bold. Take that first step knowing there is no shame behind it and speak out. You never know who you may inspire by doing so."
You can access some of the resources we found below: