Mates in Mind, CEDA’s partner mental health charity, is introducing free online mental health workshops thanks to a donation to its relief fund from construction company Tideway.
The charity believes that in light of the challenges posed by the current Covid-19 crisis, it is expected that workplace mental health issues, already a pervasive issue, will be heavily impacted.
The latest initiative is aimed at continuing to support the most vulnerable workers by addressing gaps in workplace mental health provision for the self-employed, and small businesses – some of those who are hit hardest by this unexpected crisis.
Mates in Mind will be delivering urgent online mental health workshops and other support with the key aim of supporting those who are harder to reach and potentially most vulnerable.
The charity aims to reach over 500 vulnerable individuals, offering research lead training and support, with workshops having begun during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 this week. This program will also include a 12-month support package for 20 small businesses (less than 10 people) providing access to a dedicated support officer, business assessments, resources and more.
James Rudoni, MD of Mates in Mind said: “Taking proactive steps to address mental health issues has never been more important as the whole world battles Covid-19. This funding from Tideway will ensure that more vital support gets to those who are finding it difficult to effectively manage their mental health. Helping individuals take control of their mental wellbeing, better manage their anxiety and avoid spiralling into depression or worse.
“By providing individuals and SMEs the opportunity to learn, share and talk about their experiences during Covid-19, we can reach out to those who don’t normally have access to workplace support, such as small and medium enterprises and the self-employed.
“We know that without support, these groups are more at risk of higher levels of stress, depression and suicide. However, with a better understanding of mental health issues and how to address them, this funding can change how people manage their own wellbeing and save lives.”
The Mates in Mind Covid-19 Relief Fund is still open and taking donations, to allow the charity to continue to respond with vital support programmes, including; the delivery of mental health advice, guidance, training and enhanced live online support.