We’re just over half way through our #Day2Day campaign, and we’ve released 8 videos so far to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.
A video is released every two days in March in partnership with Why Digital and Bournemouth University. Our intention is to challenge people’s perception of mental health and get people talking about it in the work place.
So far we have heard from: Martyn Underhill, Marianne Storey, Richard Cooper, Charlie Souter-Philips, Sophie Cook, Jeff Mostyn and Angus Campbell which you can access here via our brand-new YouTube Channel.
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill was the first to talk about mental health in the work place as he reflects on his own mental health experiences. He has seen a huge difference in policing over the last ten years – especially in how they approach #Day2Day mental health. Martyn has also seen an increase in referrals from police staff asking for mental health support and feels that this is a positive reflection that staff feel more able to talk about their mental health with their managers.
Our very own CEO Marianne Storey, has spoken about mental health in the work place and the impact of mental health on people’s ability to work.
Marianne reminds us that mental health is not obvious for people to see. And therefore we need to talk about it if we want our colleagues to know we have a problem that needs addressing.
The Stable’s co-founder and entrepreneur, Richard Cooper, understands that the restaurant industry can be challenging for young people, particularly if it’s their first job.
He believes that as an employer, it is his duty and responsibility to look after his employees. And this includes their mental health.
Charlie wants to encourage the university and her fellow students to take steps to help improve their mental health.
She also believes that talking about your mental health can help prepare you for the work place.
Sophie Cook is the first transgender person to work in football’s Premier League (for AFC Bournemouth). She is also a writer, speaker, broadcaster and very active diversity champion.
In her first video Sophie aims to break down stigma surrounding mental health. She believes that if someone’s feeling they have to be guarded, it can be really difficult for them to be honest in the work place.
Sophie’s second film tackles a very difficult subject – suicidal thoughts. Sophie frequently has them – but knows that her feelings do pass.
To get through this time, Sophie has created herself a unique philosophy to survive. Watch her film to find out more – its inspirational.
AFC Bournemouth Chairman Jeff Mostyn features in the 8th film in our series. Jeff speaks about the great support system that they have in place at the Premier League football club. And best of all, it’s not just for players – it’s for all the staff at the club.
This video explores the changes the football team has made to treat mental health as equally as physical health.
Angus believes in the workplace we should be sensitive to how our colleagues are feeling.
This means any problems can be picked up earlier and in a non-condescending manner.
The social impact of our campaign…
Because we’ve filmed leading Dorset figures speaking about mental health, we have seen a truly positive reaction to our videos.
People have come forward having watched the films. They’ve identified similarities with their own mental health and feelings via those talking in our campaign.
Some have also reached out for support.
This reinforces the importance of sharing mental health experience to learn and support each other, especially in the work place.
We’d like to thank partners Bournemouth University and Why Digital for enabling us to create this campaign with their support and funding. Thanks also to Open Shutter Productions for their superb job of filming and editing.