This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week and, at Rostrum, we are committed to helping our employees look after their mental health and wellbeing. We have invested in Mental Health First Aid training for three members of our team who are now fully qualified to spot the signs of mental health issues and provide practical help to ensure the whole team has the support they deserve.
On top of this, our Mental Health First Aiders head up Rostrum’s Employee Network, an informal, but structured, support system for any member of the team to confidentially discuss any work or personal issues that may be affecting them, giving them a safe space in the workplace to get the support they need. And every member of our team also has access to our employee benefits such as the wellbeing platform HEKA, which provides a range of experiences including meditation, therapy and life coaching, as well as counselling and 24/7 GP appointments through our cash plan with Health Shield.
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has been loneliness, with stats showing that loneliness has increased almost three-fold during the pandemic. Some of our core values as an agency are being together and being connected, so throughout the week we’ve been sharing our top tips on how we can make sure our connections and friendships within the workplace continue. Whether they are in the office or working from home, our team have found ways to stay connected, with some scheduling video calls to have lunch together or arranging to meet at a coffee shop to work together for the day. We also got our team together on Thursday morning to have breakfast as a group to enjoy each other’s company and check in with one another.
Although the week may be drawing to a close, our commitment to supporting our team doesn’t end here. We know how important it is to make sure all of our team members feel supported and mentally well, not just this week, but all year round, so we’ll continue to focus on how we can help our employees now and in the long-term.