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Mental Health Week


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We joined forces with East Cheshire NHS Trust to mark Mental Health Week 2018, which ran from 14 to 20 May.

Organised nationally by the Mental Health Foundation, the campaign offered advice on managing stress effectively by following the Five Ways to Wellbeing:

  • keep learning - it's never too late to learn about managing stress
  • give - be generous of your time in helping those around you
  • be active - it's important to exercise your body and mind regularly
  • connect - be interested in those around you and make constructive use of your time
  • take notice - appreciate all the good things around you.

Activities for our staff included talks on resilience, mindfulness and appreciative enquiry; yoga sessions for beginners; healthy taster pots in the Macclesfield Hospital restaurant; a lunchtime walk; and health checks carried out by Everybody Sport and Recreation.

There were also market stalls featuring literature on stress management while Everybody Sport and Recreation gave a free leisure centre day pass to all NHS staff making a written pledge to do something to reduce their stress or to help colleagues do likewise.

We also published a series of advisory articles for staff:

Article 1: defining stress and understanding its causes

Article 2: symptoms of stress, management techniques and signposting to further support

Article 3: the importance of mindfulness and physical health

Article 4: combating stress in the workplace.

In addition, Rosemary Kendrew, our complaints, incidents and governance manager, wrote a blog on the benefits of hot yoga.

Click here for our full programme of activities

Here's what the week achieved

Here's a selection of stress management pledges made by staff