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Mental wellbeing at work toolkit launched

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017, by Sheryl Blythen

A toolkit to support workplaces to boost wellbeing and create flourishing teams has been launched today to mark World Mental Health Day. The Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work Toolkit, put together by the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) and Health Promotion Agency (HPA), offers practical information, resources and know-how to make it easy for workplaces to support their people to build five simple actions into their daily lives. Download now: Five ways to wellbeing at work toolkit “Building strong mental wellbeing for staff is one of the most valuable assets a business can have,” MHF chief executive Shaun Robinson says. “People who believe their employer cares about their wellbeing are more engaged at work than others.” “The toolkit also focuses on the role of leadership as the commitment of leaders and managers is one of the most important factors to achieving a mentally healthy workplace,” he says. “The Five Ways to Wellbeing help people take care of their mental health and wellbeing and are beneficial for everyone – whether you have a mental health problem or not.” Why the Five Ways work:
  • Connect: Strengthening relationships with others and feeling close to and valued by others, including at work, is critical to boosting wellbeing.
  • Keep Leaning: Being curious and seeking out new experiences at work and in life more generally positively stimulates the brain.
  • Be Active: Being physically active, including at work, improves physical health and can improve mood and wellbeing and decrease stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Give: Carrying out acts of kindness, whether small or large, can increase happiness, life satisfaction and general sense of wellbeing.
  • Take Notice: Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing.
The Five Ways in action:
  • Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
  • Keep Learning. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a new responsibility at work.
  • Be Active. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Garden. Play a game.
  • Give. Do something nice for a team mate. Thank someone. Volunteer your time.
  • Take Notice. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment.
Mental health problems are common, with nearly one in two New Zealanders likely to meet the criteria for a mental illness at some time in their lives. An Australian PwC analysis found workplaces who take effective action to create mentally healthy workplaces can expect a return on investment of $2.30 for every dollar spent.

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