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Openwork trains mental health first aiders for staff support

Openwork trains mental health first aiders for staff support

Openwork is marking Mental Health Awareness week with a series of initiatives and activities to promote the importance of mental and physical wellbeing to its members.

The activities available include virtual yoga sessions, as well as wellbeing talks during ‘lunch and learn’ events.

The financial services network is also providing training to mental health first aiders to help them support staff during lockdown.

Openwork employees have been encouraged to use the organisation’s premium subscription to meditation app Calm, which aims to reduce stress and provide mental relaxation.

Carrie Morris, chief people officer at Openwork, said the network was “committed to promoting the mental and physical wellbeing of all employees.”

She added: “In these highly unusual times it’s even more important that colleagues keep safe and well and seek support when needed.

“That is why we are providing additional training to our mental health first aiders and running a range of initiatives to remind colleagues of the importance of mental and physical wellbeing.”

The network is also encouraging employees to take breaks at lunchtime and to adopt ‘no email mornings’ by speaking to each other instead of over email.

Additionally, the organisation is giving employees the opportunity to take an extra hour on Friday to spend time with family and friends.

The Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from May 18-24, 2020 with kindness being the theme.

chloe.cheung@ft.com