According to Mind, a leading mental health charity, 1 in 6 workers are currently dealing with mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or stress. That is why at Armstrongs we have decided to act now and provide proactive mental wellbeing support through our TalkStrong Campaign.
TalkStrong aims to open up the conversation of mental wellbeing, This is in order to: promote wellbeing for all staff, tackle the causes of work-related mental health problems and support staff who are experiencing mental health problems.
TalkStrong aims to support all of our colleagues across Armstrongs Group, from Aggregates to AMIX and from quarry to office. We want our colleagues to know that it’s okay to not be okay, we will always be here to listen.
However, TalkStrong is not just for our colleagues. TalkStrong is for everyone. We actively encourage extended family and our local community to get involved with our TalkStrong initiative. Every Thursday we take part in, and help run alongside Full Circle IT and Super Logo Boy, the #BoltonTweetUp.
#BoltonTweetUp is a Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday between 3 and 4 PM. Where local Bolton businesses get together to discuss anything from the community to cooperative projects. The aim of the #BoltonTweetUp is to make local business more accessible for local people, and we are planning to bring our TalkStrong initiative to the twitter chats. Using the tag #TalkStrong and #BoltonTweetUp we aim to create a supportive network for not only our own colleagues but the wider community that we live and work in.
Mental Well-being In The Workplace
Did you know that 44 per cent of employers saw an increase in reported mental health problems in the last twelve months. As a result of this 40 per cent of employers reported an increase in staff sickness levels due to stress in the last twelve months. By increasing our employee engagement with regards to mental well-being we are hoping to provide positive proactive support to our colleagues. In return we are aiming to harvest an open culture of candour that benefits the well-being of our workforce and community.
So What’s Next?
Join our Twitter chat on Thursdays between 3 and 4 PM here. Use the hashtags #BoltonTweetUp and #TalkStrong to join the conversation and join a supportive network of peers, colleagues and local Bolton businesses in supporting our #TalkStrong initiative.
Over the past months we have proactively improved ways in which you can reach us. You can contact us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Website. Including our new live chat feature on the bottom right of our website.
For more information about our TalkStrong campaign you can contact us here.