10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day, a programme that was initiated by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) in 1992. This year’s theme is ‘Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access”, with the goal of increasing investment in mental health on a global scale.
At OAS, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on the importance of good mental health and to raise awareness of the mental health support that we offer to all our learners and colleagues. This is especially relevant during what continues to be a very challenging and anxious time throughout the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OAS is proud to have a team of fully trained Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) who are on hand to provide confidential one-to-one support to our learners and colleagues. The MHFAs also hold virtual Weekly Wellbeing Coffee Catch-Ups, where anyone can drop-in and check-in to discuss that week’s theme and general well-being topics, as well as talking about how they are feeling.
Our Occupational Health Advisor is available to support any Health and Safety queries, including mental health, and we have a centrally published list of mental health resources within our Information Advice and Guidance packs for any learners and colleagues who prefer to seek external help independently.
Our Designated Safeguarding Officer is always available to assist learner wellbeing concerns, and we offer personal mentors to learners who may be struggling with challenges including mental health issues during their learning journey.
For our colleagues, our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) offers 24/7 access to a comprehensive resource library of audio blogs, articles, toolkits and vlogs around lots of different topics, as well as a telephone counselling service.
For more information about World Mental Health Day 2020, visit http://www.wmhd2020.com/index.html.