Date: 18 October 2017
Brentwood Borough Council marked World Mental Health Day by holding a series of events last week.
This year’s theme was workplace wellbeing, and the Council’s Community Services department encouraged staff to be healthier, both mentally and physically. World Mental Health Day 2017 takes place on 10 October every year with the aim of raising awareness of mental health issues.
The team provided a healthy drop-in breakfast for staff on Monday morning, followed by Time to Talk sessions – a chance to talk openly about mental health issues over a cup of tea or coffee. Throughout the day some staff carried out a step challenge, and some tried out a plank challenge. To finish off the week, they offered health checks to staff on Friday.
Since signing up to the national Mental Health Challenge in 2014, the Council has been committed to promoting and supporting local mental health services, whilst taking residents’ views into account when designing services and working with our mental health community.
The Council was the first in the country to have all 37 Councillors become Mental Health Champions in 2014; this has been a renewed commitment every year since then. It involves raising awareness of mental health amongst staff and the local community, whilst making some changes that will help people with mental ill-health find accessing Council services easier.
Brentwood Borough Council's Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Olivia Sanders, said: “It’s easy to dismiss mental health problems as something that affects others, but there’s 1 in 4 people experiencing problems with their mental health every year and it can affect people at any stage in their lives. It could happen to any one of us, a member of our family, a friend, or work colleague. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in.
The events last week were aimed to get people talking about mental health and to give staff an opportunity to share their thoughts and also look after their physical wellbeing.”
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