How can we create mentally healthy workplaces?
21st February 2020 by Amy Hutson
D&A is proud to be supporting My Whole Self, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England’s exciting new campaign for workplace culture change.
My Whole Self is calling for people to be empowered to bring their whole self to work – because it’s better for wellbeing and better for business. The highest performing workplaces are supportive and inclusive. Putting diversity and inclusion at the centre of mental health and wellbeing creates a culture where people can be themselves at work. This helps us to feel more engaged, to think bolder, find common ground, and work more effectively together.
This is backed up by Google’s landmark Aristotle study, which found that ‘psychological safety’ is one of five key elements that enables a team to excel. Teams that feel safe and connected work better together and to do this they need a working environment that allows them to be authentic and show their whole self.
Emma Turner, Partnerships and Outreach Lead for D&A, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting this campaign because it’s crucial for us to be able to bring our whole selves to work. We all have physical health and mental health, both of which can ebb and flow; it is essential that workplaces offer cultures and environments that support our well being as a whole. A truly inclusive workplace culture is one where the workforce feel safe to be themselves… a step towards thriving and not simply surviving.”
My Whole Self is calling on organisations to join the support in the build up to My Whole Self Day on 18 March when people across the country will be encouraged to bring their whole self to work and share a My Whole ‘Selfie’ on social media.
You can find out more about the campaign and download free resources to help you take part at mhfaengland.org/my-whole-self.