On the morning of Thursday 6th February, also known as Time to Talk Day, the Catsurveys team got together to discuss a very important subject; mental health. We held a bake sale to not only raise money for our chosen charity Mates in Mind but also to get our team together to have a chat over a cup of tea and some cake.
Thanks to our team’s generous contributions (and hunger for cake) we raised a fantastic £71.50! Catsurveys have pledged to match the amount raised, which means we will be donating a total of £143 to Mates in Mind!
Taking the time to talk
Talking is good for your mental health. It’s as simple as that. On Time to Talk Day, we encouraged our team to have a conversation about mental health – whether that involved texting a friend or chatting to a colleague. We know that talking about mental health can feel awkward, but it doesn't have to.
As part of our ongoing mental health and wellbeing agenda, we are launching a new ‘mental health check-in’ facility for our staff to use if they wish. The aim is to offer another line of communication, giving the opportunity to ask for support from one of our mental health first aiders without approaching them face to face (which can be daunting!).
The Elephant in the Room
Another addition for our team is something we call ‘The Elephant in the Room’. We placed the silhouette of an elephant in our staff toilets as a visual representation of having an ‘elephant in the room’. The reason behind this was to encourage our team to be open about the following (whilst being able to remain anonymous):
We are hoping that through this facility we will be able to get further insight as to how Catsurveys can help our team achieve better mental wellbeing by creating a sense of community, belonging and removing the feeling of isolation that can come from trying to cope by yourself.
Don’t suffer in silence
If you are struggling, remember you are not alone. There is always someone there to support you. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to someone that you know, free and confidential helplines are available:
Samaritans: 116 123
Construction Industry Helpline: 0345 605 1956
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
Prevention of Young Suicide (Papyrus): 0800 068 41 41
Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline: 0808 808 1677