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Coast & Country combats stress in the workplace

Mental Health Awareness Week In support of Mental Health Awareness Week and its key theme of stress, Coast & Country is hosting a series of well-being sessions for its staff.

Working with mental health partners, Saltburn Wellbeing Centre and Redcar & Cleveland Mind, Coast & Country is inviting staff to attend any of the weeks’ worth of activities, including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, stress management and mood and food talks, to highlight the importance of self-care.

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week is focusing on stress in the workplace. Research has shown that two thirds of people experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. Stress is a key factor in this and one in six British workers will experience depression, anxiety or stress-related issues.

While Coast & Country works with Saltburn Wellbeing Centre and Redcar & Cleveland Mind to provide its staff support service and mental health awareness training respectively, the Redcar-based housing association also wanted to encourage colleagues to use the awareness week to talk about mental health and how to improve a work life balance.

Catherine Clennett, Head of Group HR Services at Coast & Country said: “There is still such a stigma around mental health despite so many people experiencing poor mental health at some point in their lives. Although organisations such as the Mental Health Foundation and Mind actively seek to raise awareness, it is important for companies to support employees and to encourage them to talk about mental health.

“Mental Health Awareness Week has been the perfect opportunity to provide some engaging activities, to allow staff members to interact in an open and supportive atmosphere and to promote the idea of taking steps to combat stress.”

Veronica Harnett, Chief Executive Officer at Redcar & Cleveland Mind said: “Generating positive mental health outcomes lies at the heart of what we do, so it’s really important to utilise events like Mental Health Awareness Week and get people talking.

“Our partners, including Coast & Country, are essential to promoting mental health awareness and in the last 12 months our Mental Health Practitioners and Health Link Workers delivered 2,840 one-to-one sessions and we trained 617 staff across Teesside in mental health.”