Time To Change
This has been a great Mental Health Awareness Week. It has been inspiring to see and hear colleagues sharing experiences of kindness at this time and we hope you will feel that this is something that is not just for this week – but really helpful for us all to take forward over the coming months. Kindness can make a difference.
At the start of the week, you will have seen Gary and Mark’s message – they said we would announce new initiatives and resources to further support WJ’s well-established commitment to mental health and wellbeing. As you know, in these unprecedented times the senior leadership team at Wilson James has taken a voluntary reduction in pay in solidarity with frontline colleagues. The funds they have given up will now enable a major new initiative to support our mental health and wellbeing programme. We are the project team empowered with taking this work forward. We are passionate about this and committed to making a difference.
So we are delighted to be able to announce today that we are partnering with The Wellbeing Project to deliver a programme of resilience training. Resilience is the key to coping with many of the challenges we all face and we know that with training we can all be more resilient, both in ourselves and in the support we provide to colleagues, friends and family. The Wellbeing Project are experts in this field. Our programme will start with managers but reach out to supervisors across the business. It will make a major contribution to wellbeing in WJ and will start soon.
We have a number of other initiatives underway. On our WJ Hub, you’ll now find a regular programme of webinars, events and tools, all designed to support mental health and wellbeing and help us be more active and together with others. The programme includes three webinars delivered by mental health charity, Mind – the first of which is this Tuesday 26 May (register here). We know that at times we would all like to be able to speak to someone who is able to listen to us; our All EARS network will provide a way of being touch with a colleague in the business who is ready to listen. And an enhanced team of Mental Health First Aiders will provide ‘go-to’ support when you need it. Finally, we are trialling Workplace by Facebook; this will enable all of us to be more together and share our experiences.
We have got work to do to make the best of this amazing opportunity. But we know the times demand it. We are determined to do something which will help us all be more Resilient, more Together with others, and more Active. Thanks for your support, and remember the importance of kindness!
Kind regards from your Mental Health Project Team:
Nick Channer Rosa Osman Gerald Morgan Hayley Lord
Charlotte Watt Mark Hicks Liam Simpson Allison Fraser