EEAST marks Mental Health Awareness Week

Date: 13 May 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

As part of The Mental Health Foundation's 'Mental Health Awareness Week' this week, 13th - 19th May, EEAST will be holding a range of internal events on the theme of body image - how we feel and think about our bodies. 

Body image issues can affect all of us at any age. Last year the Mental Health Foundation found that 30% of adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. During the week, they will be publishing new research, considering some of the reasons why our body image can impact the way that we feel, campaigning for change and publishing practical tools.

To mark the week, EEAST staff in Central Norfolk have organised a week of activities and discussions, as part of their own 'Wellbeing Week', to promote staff wellbeing.  Staff locally are encouraged to come along to join their colleagues and managers in a game of football, netball, canoeing or a gentle park run.

There are also some planned drop in sessions during the week, for staff to share their experiences of working on the frontline and the effects it has on them and their families, in a supportive environment.

Di Chan, General Manager, at Longwater station, said: "I am looking forward to the feedback so we can look at rolling it out again if it is something staff find useful.

"I would like to thank all of those who have put lots of work into making this happen. It’s good to talk!"

EEAST will be participating in the Mental Health Foundation’s social media challenge: #BeBodyKind, which is asking people to post a picture on social media of a time or a place when they felt comfortable in their own skin. In addition to this, EEAST is encouraging staff to share their stories of how working for EEAST has impacted on how they feel about themselves and their bodies.

So why not start a conversation about mental health. It can be as simple as asking ‘how are you?’

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week and how you can get involved, please visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week

  • Summary:

    As part of The Mental Health Foundation's 'Mental Health Awareness Week' this week, 13th - 19th May, EEAST will be holding a range of internal events on the theme of body image - how we feel and think about our bodies.