Mental Health & Wellbeing Week

This week at Doocey Group, we have been talking about Mental Health and Wellbeing. The theme this year was ‘Movement’, so we have been coming up with different ways to promote movement, open discussion about mental health and how we can take time to reset and build resilience.

We started the week with a step challenge for office staff as a way to promote physical activity to sustain a positive mental mindset. We’ve also undertaken a quiz on how aware we are of our mental health, alongside some challenging games of Connect 4 at lunchtime to inject some fun into the day.

For relaxation, we gave people an opportunity to take part in some guided office yoga and meditation or some mindful colouring activities.

For health, fruit and yoghurt were made available to all office staff.

To round the week off, we held a scavenger hunt, where staff could find positive affirmations that they can keep or re-hide for someone else to find.

Prizes will be awarded next week when we announce the winners of the Step Challenge and Connect 4 competitions.

Thursday was ‘Wear it Green’ day where we asked staff to wear green and donate items to the local food bank. Collections are still coming in and these will be delivered to the foodbank next week.

To promote positivity, our very own Karen Ridd shared a poem:

Don’t be afraid to laugh, don’t be afraid to cry,
don’t be afraid to question, the how, the what or the why.

Do talk to someone close to you, or a stranger or a friend,
and know that these feelings will soon come to an end.

You are as important as the next person in the line,
they may be feeling the same as you or they may be feeling fine.

In this Mental Health week,
I just wanted to say everyone is here for you, either now or another day.

Useful telephone numbers:

Anxiety UK 03444 775 774 (helpline)

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) 0800 58 58 58

Samaritans 116 123 (freephone)

MIND 0300 123 3393

National Suicide Prevention Helpline 0800 689 5652

Shout Crisis Text Line Text “SHOUT” to 85258

NHS 111

SANEline 0300 304 7000