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09 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week!

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) starts today (9 – 15 May 2022) and this year’s theme is loneliness.

MHAW 2022

MHAW is an annual event providing an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is intricately linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

Why loneliness?

Loneliness is a normal part of life, with most of us feeling lonely at some point and experiencing how it can gnaw away at our sense of self-worth and belonging.

Loneliness is not about the number of friends we have, the time we spend on our own or something that happens when we reach a certain age. Loneliness is the feeling we experience when there is a mismatch between the social connections we have and those that we need or want. That means it can be different for all of us.

Read some tops tips from the Mental Health Foundation about how we can tackle loneliness together.

The week is also a chance to talk about any aspect of mental health that people want to – regardless of the theme.

Accord is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Week. Here’s how you can too…

Get involved

There are lots of ways that you can get involved with Mental Health Awareness Week:

For more ways to get involved and show your support during the week, check out the resources available on the Mental Health Foundation website.

Loneliness & social wellbeing webinar

MHAW 2022

On Friday 11th June 2021, we teamed up with the Bank Workers Charity for a webinar exploring social wellbeing and the impact of loneliness at work. The session covered:

The recording of the webinar is available to watch.

Mental health at work

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on our mental health. Many of us may feel concerned or anxious, having less control over how we work and live our lives.

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. Addressing wellbeing at work increases productivity by as much as 12%.

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Below are some useful online resources available for supporting positive mental health at work:

Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are more productive. 

Available support

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At Accord, all of our team of advisors have been accredited in Mental Health First Aid by MHFA England.

If you’re an Accord member and need a chat about support at work, call our helpline on  0118 934 1808. 

Accord's ED&I Group

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The Accord Equality Diversity & Inclusion group’s aim is to maximise our members' potential, regardless of background, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It’s a place where diversity is celebrated, without prejudice or judgement. It’s a chance to collectively learn from our experiences and enrich all our lives.

The group get involved in a broad spectrum of events across the year. If you’re interested, why not get involved — email us at [email protected] or register to join online.

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