Letting nature help your mental health
According to Pressgo, one of the main problems we face today is the lack of mental health awareness in the workplace.
Mental Health Awareness Week is October 8-14 this year. Increased awareness of mental health is valuable to our people, our communities and our workplaces.
This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Let nature in, strengthening your wellbeing — Ma¯ te taiao kia whakapakari to¯ u oranga! The theme is a reminder that nature can support your wellbeing.
As part of this awareness campaign you will notice a number of green ribbons tied around trees throughout Hamilton. These green ribbons symbolise mental health.
Pressgo is a boutique, communityminded business providing tailored information, support and education to workplaces seeking to become healthy and vibrant. They deliver a combination of workshops, events, information and support to meet specific needs and requests of businesses. The workshops cover a range of topics including health and disability awareness, and creation of employee wellness plans.
Catherine Cook, Business Development at Pressgo says that when talking about mental health it is time to highlight gaps between rhetoric and reality. Mental Health Awareness Week is a good time to consider training your staff in Mental Health First Aid.
“Our Mental Health First Aid courses give people the confidence and communication skills to support each other. Learn how to identify the signs of a mental illness, how to have the Mental Health conversation at work , listen nonjudgmentally, help someone experiencing a crises and how to guide them to get the support they need,” says Catherine.
The next Mental Health First Aid workshop is on 16 October. Find out more about becoming a qualified Mental Health First Aider — www.pressgo.co.nz
If you are wondering about the green ribbons on trees in Hamilton, they are to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week.