May is Mental Health Awareness Month, but changing the stigma around mental health requires year-round advocacy. That being said, dedicated months (like May) or days (like World Mental Health Awareness Day in October) are an easy way to spur conversation around mental health in environments where there may be silence.
As someone who is vocal about my own struggles with mental health, I was honored to help plan a Mental Health Week at PFL to tie in with the monthly theme. For those inspired to do this at their own offices, you can drive impactful awareness around mental health without much overhead or effort. All of our activities required less than an hour of planning, occurred during our lunch hour, and cost PFL around $300 total.
Each day centered around one of 6 key elements for personal mental wellness. Below are simple ideas you can put into practice at work today, organized into five of those themes (the sixth is quality sleep, which is arguably the most important element). I’ve bolded the activities we planned for PFL’s Mental Health Week, although many of the ideas are existing initiatives.
Meaning and Purpose
What does your workplace do to promote mental health? Would love to generate more ideas in the comments.