It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this week and at Maris, much of the work we do focuses on supporting the wellbeing of team members and students within working and educational environments. In our own offices we take mental wellbeing very seriously as well, both in the structure of our space, and the activities and atmosphere we create within it.
Anxiety in the workplace
This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety – something which most of us can identify with. A normal emotion, anxiety can be beneficial to us in the right context – helping us to identify when something is wrong or helping us respond to a problem. However, it can be very difficult to manage, and it can become chronic or overwhelming.
With the cost of living crisis, more people are experiencing anxiety than ever before. The Mental Health Foundation reported:
“In 2022/23, an average of 37.1% of women and 29.9% of men reported high levels of anxiety. Compared to data from 2012 to 2015, this has increased significantly from 21.8% of women and 18.3% of men reporting high levels of anxiety.”
The focus of this week is in helping people to understand anxiety, how it can present itself so we can recognise it and support one another, and how to manage it.
Mental health at Maris
Maris is committed to investing in mental health awareness and supporting employees wellbeing. By the end of June we will have five fully trained Mental Health First Aiders in the business.
- We encourage open conversations about mental health and actively support those who are struggling.
- We provide people with good working conditions and opportunities to develop.
- Our Foam coffee shop provides our employees with access daily to healthy breakfasts and unlimited supplies of fruit throughout the day. After all, it is a widely supported fact that a balanced healthy diet can improve your sense of wellbeing and mood.
- We also have a partnership with GET ME FIT, which gives all of our employees access to fitness and mindfulness resources, both physical activity and practising mindfulness support good mental health and wellbeing.
Mental Health Awareness Week at Maris
We often have talks and events in our own office, and this week, we invited Dr. Judith Grant, Workplace Wellbeing Strategist and Managing Director of The Wellbeing Exchange, to speak to our team and provide support and advice for looking after ourselves and one another.
Judith has 20 years of experience in public, community, and corporate health, working with organisations and individuals to understand personal and organisational wellbeing. With a PhD in Occupational Health Psychology and Management, Judith is focused on combining research with business outcomes to create sustainable organisational wellbeing programmes that not only support employees but deliver organisational results.
Her values are closely aligned with our own, believing that we can create dynamic, competitive working environments that are supporting, nurturing, and ultimately healthy. Her talk was insightful and inspiring, but crucially it provided us all with an additional understanding of our own emotions as well as those of the people around us. It’s that ongoing learning and compassion that means we can continue creating even healthier working environments.
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