October: Speak Up Month and World Mental Health Day 2023
October is not just about Halloween and the slow transition into the chilly embrace of winter. It’s also a time for something more insightful – a time for speaking up […]
October is not just about Halloween and the slow transition into the chilly embrace of winter. It’s also a time for something more insightful – a time for speaking up and raising awareness about issues that truly matter. In this month, we not only celebrate World Mental Health Day but also dedicate the entire October as “Speak Up Month.” It’s a month when we should all encourage staff to find their voices, to feel confident and safe to express their concerns, and to provide a listening ear and access to support.
Speak Up Month: Fostering a Culture of Open Communication
In the modern workplace, communication is key. It’s not just about emails and meetings; it’s about ensuring that every member of the team feels empowered to voice their opinions, concerns, and ideas. This is why “Speak Up Month” is important.
A workplace that encourages open communication fosters trust, collaboration, and innovation. When employees feel confident and safe to speak up, they are more likely to share their insights, flag potential issues, and actively participate in problem-solving. This not only enhances the overall work environment but also contributes to the growth and success of the organisation.
Encouraging staff to speak up is not just about providing an outlet for their concerns; it’s about creating a culture where their voices are valued and heard. It’s about acknowledging that everyone’s perspective matters and that together, we can achieve better outcomes.
Moreover, speaking up is not limited to addressing work-related issues. It also extends to personal well-being, which brings us to an equally important aspect of October – World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day 2023: Prioritising Mental Well-being
World Mental Health Day, observed on October 10th every year, is a global platform to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate for positive change. In 2023, this day takes on a special significance as we continue to grapple with the mental health challenges brought about by the pandemic and ongoing global events.
Mental health is a topic that deserves attention throughout the year, but this day provides a focal point for a concerted effort to discuss, understand, and support mental well-being. It’s a reminder that mental health is as important as physical health and that we all have a role to play in creating a mentally healthy world.
To commemorate World Mental Health Day 2023, many organisations, including our own, are planning special initiatives. We are planning to hold a special afternoon tea at the Manor on the 10th March 2023. This is not just about sipping tea and enjoying a few treats; it’s about coming together as a community to talk openly about mental health, share experiences, and show support for one another. It’s a simple yet powerful way to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues and foster a culture of understanding and empathy.
Why It Matters
October’s dual focus on speaking up and mental health is significant because the two are interconnected. When employees feel comfortable speaking up about their concerns, they are more likely to discuss issues related to their mental well-being as well. In a supportive environment, it becomes easier for individuals to seek help and access the necessary resources to maintain their mental health.
Furthermore, a workplace that prioritises mental health and open communication is more likely to have engaged and satisfied employees. When employees feel that their organisation cares about their mental well-being, they are more likely to be productive and loyal, leading to a more successful and resilient organisation.
October is not just another month on the calendar. It’s a time to encourage staff to speak up, to create a culture of open communication, and to prioritise mental health. By doing so, we not only improve the workplace but also contribute to a healthier, happier, and more connected community.
So, let’s take time out to mark Speak Up Month in October and World Mental Health Day 2023 – because together, we can drive positive change and build a brighter future for everyone.
At Reed Business School we offer one-to-one support from our Mental Health First Aider Sam Dean and while at The Manor anyone can use our Wellness Room for some time out as needed.