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world mental health day

Did you know that each year, one in four people in England will experience a mental health problem of some kind?

The World Health Organisation, which is part of the United Nations, recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October. This year, the theme is ‘Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality.’

That’s why starting from Sunday, Lifeways will take the opportunity over the week to stay active and spend more time outdoors – despite the chilly weather!

Using our hashtag, #LetsGetOutside, our 11,000 colleagues can share their stories and how they and individuals they support have been staying active outdoors.

Graphic courtesy: Mental Health Foundation UK

Our plans for #LetsGetOutside:

Alongside spontaneous plans across our services, here’s what we’ve got planned for the week:

  • a park run
  • walking groups
  • group dog-walking (lots of individuals we support keep pets!)
  • cycling trips

Steering the activities throughout the week is Karen Roberts, Lifeways’ Group Head of Health & Clinical Governance.

“Promoting positive mental health is of course extremely important each and every day of the year,” says Karen.

“But it’s great that mental health takes the national spotlight at a time of year where moods and wellbeing can drop along with the temperature outdoors.”

“We’re looking forward to taking this opportunity to act to keep ourselves active, happy, and well. Let’s get outside!”

Staying connected

To share stories like this one, and stay connected, Lifeways colleagues across the UK use Workplace, an internally-focused social platform that’s available on smartphones, computers and tablets.

As well as sharing stories and interacting together, every colleague on Workplace has ready access to the Knowledge Library, which includes resources on promoting positive mental health at work.

Promoting positive mental health is a large part of our support for the almost 5,000 individuals we work with.

Additionally, for people whose main needs are mental health support, Lifeways Group includes SIL, a Mental Health Nurse-led (RMN) specialist provider of recovery-focussed supported living services.

More on our mental health support:

Want to know more about getting support for people who live with mental health needs – or boosting your mental health? Our in-house experts have plenty of pointers to share!

About Lifeways:

Across the UK, Lifeways support adults with diverse and complex needs, including mental health conditions.

Our extensive experience and national reach mean we deliver extraordinary support to adults, enabling them to live fulfilling and independent lives in the community. 

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