Mental Health Awareness Week at M J Quinn: Prioritising Wellbeing in the Workplace

Mental Health Awareness Week is a crucial time for organisations to shine a light on the importance of mental health and demonstrate their commitment to supporting their employees’ overall wellbeing. At M J Quinn, we believe that our greatest asset is our people, and their mental health matters. This year, we took the opportunity to proactively address this issue by organising a week-long series of communications and initiatives focused on mental health.

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, we made a dedicated effort to reach out to our staff members with daily communications on various subjects related to mental health. Each day, we provided valuable information, tips, and resources to raise awareness and empower individuals to prioritise their mental wellbeing.

Anxiety can be a common challenge that affects many individuals in both their personal and professional lives. To help our staff members address this issue, we shared practical strategies and techniques for managing anxiety effectively. From breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques to tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance, our aim was to provide accessible tools that could make a real difference.

Recognising the profound impact physical health has on mental wellbeing, we dedicated a day to highlighting the connection between the two. We emphasised the importance of regular exercise, in maintaining a positive mental state.

We firmly believe in the power of collaboration and sharing within our organisation. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked our colleagues to contribute to a collection of resources focused on mental health. This resource hub included books, videos, podcasts, and other materials created by our staff members. By harnessing the expertise and experiences within our own team, we aimed to provide a diverse range of perspectives and support within our workforce.

Mental Health Awareness Week is just the beginning of our ongoing commitment to prioritising mental health at M J Quinn. We understand that it is not a one-time event but an ongoing process of education, support, and empowerment. As a company, we will continue to invest in providing our staff members with the right tools and resources to address mental health challenges effectively.

One of our key initiatives in this is the training of more mental health first aiders within our organisation. These individuals are trained to recognise and respond to mental health crises, offering support and guidance to colleagues in need. By expanding the number of mental health first aiders, we aim to create a supportive and empathetic workplace culture where individuals feel comfortable seeking help and support.

Mental Health Awareness Week at M J Quinn served as a reminder of our commitment to our employees’ mental wellbeing. By delivering targeted communications on anxiety management, emphasising the link between physical and mental health, and encouraging collaboration through a resource collection, we aimed to provide valuable tools and resources to our staff members.

However, our efforts extend far beyond a single week. We will continue to prioritise mental health throughout the year, investing in the training of mental health first aiders and creating a workplace environment that fosters open dialogue, understanding, and support. At M J Quinn, we firmly believe that a mentally healthy workforce is a productive and thriving one.