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We are marking this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week by launching a new internal campaign aimed at raising awareness of mental wellbeing.
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) ‘Take 10 Together’ initiative encourages staff whether frontline or office based to start a 10 minute conversation about mental health with a colleague, friend or family member.
57% of UK employees say they have experienced mental health issues at work but less than half of that group felt confident to open up about it.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 13-19 May 2019 and during this time, a group of volunteers will be visiting depots, stations and office across the TPE network to promote this important new initiative.
One of the recommendations is that colleagues take the time to create a Stress Awareness Space at their base location where they can write down any thoughts about things that are currently on their mind and perhaps find some advice and tips from others.
One of the colleagues behind the campaign, Joseph Smith, Customer Information Manager from TransPennine Express said: “I’m so pleased to have been able to play a part in launching this campaign with the support of the wider business.
“After dealing with my own mental health issues, I know how important it is to take time out and to talk about the things that are making us sad, stressed or anxious. We spend a lot of time at work and it’s really vital that we are able to grab a cup of tea and talk to a fellow colleague about how we’re feeling.”