Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

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Mental Health Awareness Week takes place on 10-16 May 2021 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim of the week is to raise the profile of mental health and to encourage people to talk about their mental health.

Mental health and wellbeing have become priorities for employers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and working from home. Research from the Royal Society for Public Health shows that despite the fact 45% of people felt working from home was better for their mental health, 67% felt they were less connected to colleagues and 56% said they found it harder to switch off. However, only a third of respondents had been offered support with their mental health by their employer.

Latest research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that 75% of employees believe that senior leaders have employee wellbeing on their agenda, up from 61% last year. And 67% report that line managers are bought into the importance of wellbeing, up from 58% last year.

That said, the research shows that stress remains one of the main causes of short and long-term absence. A significant number of employees (79%) report some stress-related absence in their organisation over the last year. This rises to 91% in organisations with more than 250 employees. The most common causes of stress at work are volume of work, management style, new work-related demands due to homeworking, non-work factors such as relationships and Covid-19 related anxiety.


Curated Content for your Mental Health

Although many employers have stepped up to the mark to support employees through the pandemic, there is still work to do to ensure employees are well supported around mental health and wellbeing. Mental Health Awareness Week is a good opportunity to raise the profile of mental health wellbeing and to support organisations with this, Anders Pink has created a range of curated feeds on topics related to mental health and wellbeing. They are: 

  • Mental health and wellbeing at work 
  • Build resilience and adapt to change in exceptional circumstances
  • Emotional Intelligence 
  • Employee Expectations Post-Pandemic  

For each of these topic areas we have curated three practical resources that you can use to support your colleagues and the organisation.


Mental health and wellbeing at work

  1. 10 Creative Ways Organizations Are Supporting The Mental Health Of Remote Employees
  2. Understanding some of the variables in mental health and return to work
  3. Employee wellbeing: a guide for HR leaders on preventing burnout


Build resilience and adapt to change in exceptional circumstances

  1. 4 Ways to Create Resilient Teams, Not Just Resilient Individuals
  2. How to build business resilience in HR: 8 steps for HR leaders
  3. 5 Ways to Build Organizational Resilience


Emotional Intelligence

  1. How to Help Your Leaders Maintain Emotional Intelligence During Challenging Times
  2. How to improve the EQ of remote and hybrid teams
  3. How to lead—and succeed—with emotional intelligence


Employee Expectations Post-Pandemic

  1. How Organizations Can Promote Employee Wellness, Now and Post-Pandemic
  2. The Pandemic Helped Us See Employees In Real Life—Let’s Take What We Learned And Build On It
  3. Employees less worried about hybrid working than leaders


As well as the topic feeds we have created around mental health and wellbeing, there are also 150 further topic feeds available off the shelf. Alternatively, you can create custom feeds on any topic, from any public source, and integrate it with any platform or tool.

The health and wellbeing of workers will continue to be a key area of focus for employers in the coming months, especially as they grapple with newer hybrid ways of working. Curation can provide credible insights and information to help you support your organisation. 


Get in touch for a free trial access to these feeds on mental health, or other topics.