Starting the conversation

It doesn't matter where we sit in a company or where we are in our careers, stress and anxiety are two things that we come up against, time and time again, and yet are still feelings we find difficult to openly talk about... particularly in the workplace. In fact, studies have shown only 30% of employees feel confident enough to approach their managers when they feel overwhelmed.

As we know, well-being is incredibly important and with us spending more time in work than we do at home, it's even more important for us to create a safe space where you and your team feel confident enough to have an open discussion on the topic of mental health...

To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of resources and tools that we've found and used. The tools listed have not only helped us but have helped millions of people around the world and are playing a key role in changing the perception of mental health and normalising the conversation.

Taking moments out

It can be easy to get lost in your own thoughts, and while talking might not always be an option, there are tools out there that can help you to take a step back, reflect, and journal what’s going on. Apps such as Moodnotes and Kyo are fantastic tools you can use for journaling your thoughts and feelings at any point throughout the day, helping to bring you clarity and a greater sense of self-awareness.

Calming the mind

Although meditation is something some can often feel quite unsure about, it's shown to have a positive impact on reducing stress, boosting compassion and staying focused, by simply setting 10 minutes aside each day to practice it. Apps such as Headspace provide a wonderful catalogue of guided meditation packs that take you through what to do and how to get started (and don't worry they've also created a Headspace 101 list on thoughts that occur when you're having trouble getting into it).

Finding others

It's important to remember that you're never alone, and by that we mean everybody has mental health. More than ever before, platforms are being created to remind us of that and are doing a great job at helping to remove the stigma of mental health, by sharing stories of personal experiences and thoughts pieces; The Mind Map being an incredible example of that. Other platforms include Hub of Hope and Sanctus, who are creating helpful resources on where to go and who to speak to if you or somebody you know is looking for professional help.

We hope that this is a stepping stone to helping spark the conversation about mental health with people in your team, family or friends. Share far and wide if you want to, and tell us about resources that have helped you which we haven't mentioned. The more we talk, share and learn from each other, the less stigma there is around it.

This year's Mental Health Awareness Week is running from 14 - 20 May, to find out more click here.

Robyn Dooley