Making a good job of mental health at work

World Mental Health Day – Wednesday 10 October

Join thousands of others across the globe by raising awareness of the need for good mental health this World Mental Health Day. It’s a chance to call for change, reflect on progress and show your support for better mental health.

Three out of five people have experienced mental health issues due to work. World Mental Health Day is an ideal opportunity for employers to show their support for better mental health in the workplace.  

Help us create happier, healthier workplaces where no one has to cope alone. Here are a few ideas to get you started:  


Sign up to Wellbeing in the City  

Our free e-learning tool will allow your staff to learn how to be better listeners and more emotionally resilient. Developed with Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Wellbeing in the City brings Samaritans’ expertise into the workplace and gives businesses a practical route to creating a healthier workforce. Businesses and individuals can sign up here.  


Get staff talking 

Use our free discussion cards to encourage staff to think about their own mental wellbeing and learn how to look out for colleagues who might be struggling. You can leave the cards in communal areas like staff canteens or run sessions at events or away days. Download the cards here. 


Share your story 

Give staff permission to talk openly by inviting people to share their experiences of mental health issues, including your senior team members. It can make an enormous difference. Register for the This is Me campaign and get lots of tips and advice.  


Tackle workplace stress  

Heavy workloads, tight deadlines and lack of managerial support are the main factors causing work-related stress, anxiety and depression. While you can’t control everything that could make an employee feel stressed, we have lots of advice to prevent people from becoming overwhelmed by work pressures.   


Turn someone’s life around  

Rally your employees to fundraise for an inspiring cause. Samaritans is contacted by someone struggling to cope every six seconds. Our life-saving work wouldn’t be possible without the extraordinary generosity of the public and our partners. Just £5 could turn a life around. Find out more here.  

Whatever you plan to do this World Mental Health Day, shout about it! Remember to tag us on social media and use #MentalHealthAwarenessDay2018.     

If you’re interested in getting your company involved in our life-saving work, contact the corporate partnerships team.