World Mental Health Day: Making mental wellbeing a part of our everyday
World Mental Health Day is a great moment in time to reflect on our mental health and wellbeing. But looking after our mental health shouldn’t be about one day, one week or one month, it’s something we should all be thinking about in the same way we would our daily dental health
At M&S, we want every colleague to be able to bring their whole self and their best self to work—because quite simply, it’s what helps us to deliver the best job for everyone. A big part of our commitment to being an inclusive employer is empowering our colleagues to do just that.
So, we took a good look at the mental health and wellbeing support tools we had available for our colleagues. Whilst we already offer some great resources such as our free, confidential support line PAM Assist and mindfulness sessions, they were all geared towards offering support when there was a problem, rather than helping colleagues manage their day to day mental wellbeing.
That’s why, we’ve partnered with Unmind—an app that has been specifically designed for the workplace to support colleagues to regularly take time for their mental health.
With the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day being 'mental health for all', we’re marking it by giving all our colleagues a free subscription to Unmind's service, which includes prompts for daily check-ins and expert-backed resources to help with everything from sleeping to feeling calm.
Sarah Spencer, a colleague in our process and change management team, who’s also part of our Buddy network (which supports colleagues with mental or physical health conditions and disabilities), said about the app:
“I downloaded Unmind as soon as M&S made it available and the resources are already proving to be invaluable. It’s one of the most intuitive apps I’ve used, with simple, short and quick activities that easily fit around your lifestyle – so even if it’s a busy day you can still find time to prioritise your mental wellbeing. I have, at times, struggled with self-worth, self image and anxiety and I feel the app will really benefit me.
“Being reminded to check-in on a daily basis is an incredibly helpful exercise because it really makes you stop and think about how you’re feeling. What’s more, every time you check-in, the app suggests tailored content that will help address those feelings.
“I’d really encourage every M&S colleague to download Unmind. To me, inclusion is about understanding and helping each other when we are not at our best. By investing in an app like this, M&S is showing that mental health should be a priority and isn’t something to be ashamed or afraid of.”