Following its huge success last year, Debenhams Ottaway will be running a second Health and Wellbeing week to coincide with World Mental Health day, on Thursday 10 October 2019. From Monday 7 October until Friday 11 October staff will be able to take part in a range of fun packed activities, including a theatre trip to London, Indian head massages, reflexology sessions, yoga lessons, mental health and resilience training, health screening and lots more.
According to ‘Mind’, one of the leading mental health charities in the UK, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and 1 in 6 in England alone. This is high, and as a firm, Debenhams Ottaway thinks it important to create awareness of mental health and how people can be affected, by encouraging staff to eat healthily, relax, keep active, socialise, build relationships across the firm and work together as a team – all proven steps to help improve mental health.
Debenhams Ottaway is a big supporter of the local community with Youth Talk being its chosen charity of 2019/20. Youth Talk provides a safe place for young, vulnerable people to talk and get support from qualified therapists, helping them with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Some of the activities during the week will involve fundraising, while others are purely to help create awareness of mental health and for the team to enjoy – all proceeds will go to Youth Talk. Follow the firm on Twitter @DebenhamsOtt to keep up to date with activities throughout the week. Please feel free to like and share to help create more awareness around mental health.
Managing partner, Susan Glenholme comments, “Our last Health and Wellbeing week was very positive for everyone here. It was great to see all the staff get involved with the range of activities we had. It is very exciting to see what we have lined up for this year’s week. At Debenhams Ottaway, we know that looking after our own people makes it easy for them to look after our clients”.
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