Help SAIF’s charity of the year keep momentum going for mental health

It has been an important few months for mental health, with a wave of high-profile people speaking out about their own experiences and a growing commitment from government, politicians and employers to improve support for people with mental health problems.

Earlier this year, SAIF President Paul Allcock announced that Mind would be SAIF’s chosen charity of the year.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems, and campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. It won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

It does this through its network of more than 140 local Minds that provide services specific to local needs, supporting more than 345,000 people each year. Mind also supports more than 11 million people through its information services and guides.

Last month, SAIFInsight looked at mental health in the workplace and how to go about improving wellbeing for SAIF workers. Emma Mammo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind, said that one in six workers are currently dealing with mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression or stress.

Mind has launched its Workplace Wellbeing Index, which will enable employers to celebrate the good work they’re doing to promote staff mental wellbeing

Here is how you can support Mind.

Get crafty

Getting creative is therapeutic and can help relieve stress. So why not get together with your colleagues and take part in Mind’s national fundraising event, Crafternoon, which is one of the biggest, craftiest mental health fundraisers. Organise a Crafternoon at work, school or at home and enjoy a fun craft-themed event while raising lots of cash for Mind.

Get active

Being active is really important for both physical and mental health. Research shows that ‘ecotherapy’ or outdoor exercise can have huge benefits for people’s health and wellbeing.

So if you are feeling more adventurous perhaps you could enrol for a half marathon or challenge event like Mind’s 2017 Mind Hike. On 23-25 June two groups of Mind supporters will be trekking for 40 miles through the Lake District, so why not join them?

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