Mental Health Awareness 2020
Wellbeing is high on the agenda at Nationwide and this Spring we’d planned a series of events across the Society to support our colleagues’ mental health. Unfortunately, lockdown and widespread working from home meant the face-to-face events we’re off the table. Yet, this worrying time and isolation meant the need to support people’s wellbeing was greater than ever.
Enter our Enable team, run by employees for employees, who lead the conversation on disability and mental health at Nationwide, and turned the whole thing virtual.Read more
Throughout May, they held webinars for all colleagues, from total body workouts via video call aimed at all fitness levels (no co-ordination required!), to employee personal stories with colleagues and their managers sharing their experiences of mental health, how they cope and the support they get from Nationwide. The sessions were recorded too so those who couldn’t attend could catch up later.
Paul Scadding, Motivational Speaker and Success Coach, ran a session on ‘Building Resilience’. Paul works with individuals and organisations to achieve success without stress. He transformed his own life when he learnt how to handle stress and take control of his response to change and challenges; he now helps others do the same.
One of our Graduates, Beth, tuned in.
“When I started working from home, I felt stressed due to the changes in my way of working. Paul gave useful tips and techniques to deal with stress, from as simple as organising my calendar and scheduling in regular 5-10 minute breaks to make sure I get up and take a break from my work. The sessions have made me feel more in control of my wellbeing, more aware if I’m not feeling my best, and given me tips for improving things.”
We also have a range of tools in place to support our Employees and their wellbeing all year round. ‘Kinda’, our new online tool built inhouse for Nationwide colleagues, connects those who are isolating with those who can help.
And every colleague has full access to Unmind, an app designed to help you manage your mental health proactively. Unmind is an independent and completely confidential digital platform made up of tools and training. It's available anytime, anywhere – from your desktop or mobile app, in work or at home. Recently, Unmind’s Co-founder, Dr Nick Taylor, joined our CEO Joe Garner for a webinar to discuss how it works and answer employees’ questions on wellbeing too.Read less