Network Homes raises over £500 for Mental Health Awareness Week!
Network Homes marked Mental Awareness Week 2018 by raising over £500 for Together, a leading mental health charity.
Our Equality and Diversity Group (EDEG) organised a week of events and activities to highlight the importance of discussing mental health and to promote initiatives available to help reduce stress in the workplace.
A special awareness event took place on with guest speaker Rohan Kallicharan, a former Network Homes employee and mental health ambassador for Mind, speaking about his personal mental health issues. David Still, Solicitor and Fran Gladwin, Paralegal were also welcomed from GNLaw Solicitors to discuss the legal impacts of mental health for people in everyday life. Staff also took part in a number of activities highlighting the causes of stress and solutions for stress reduction within the workplace such as mindfulness sessions and a walking club.
Other major events during the week included a Royal Wedding Tea Party to help raise money for Together a leading mental health charity and celebrate the royal wedding. Members of staff were treated to a special guest appearance from the famous couple ahead of the big day.
Network Homes’ staff raised £500 through a raffle draw, where six members of staff walked away with a range of hamper prizes. All the proceeds raised from Mental Awareness Week 2018 will be donated to Together a mental health charity who offer a wide variety of support services to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues.
More information is available on their website: www.together-uk.org.
The Equality Diversity & Engagement Group (EDEG) is dedicated to making Network Homes as inclusive and equal as possible. This includes organising events and raising awareness for major campaigns such as Black History Month, International Women’s Day and Pride.
Tabitha Kassem, Director of Governance, Compliance and Legal and EDEG Coordinator at Network Homes said ‘’Mental Health Awareness Week has helped to bring people together and start conversations around mental health improving our service offer to all of our stakeholders affected by mental health issues. By tackling issues such as stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems. We’re committed to providing support and a range of services for our staff and residents.
“Too often those affected by mental health issues are stigmatised and unable to get the help and support they need. The work undertaken throughout Mental Health Awareness Week has been a real testament to the commitment of our staff to raise awareness around mental health.”