The McAvoy Group supports Mental Health Awareness Week

McAvoy mental health awareness week

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May) and The McAvoy Group fully supports growing the awareness of mental health in our everyday lives, both at home and in the workplace.

In 2017, staff at McAvoy participated in a survey on health and wellbeing in the workplace, with learning more on how to manage stress and mental health being a top priority for staff. As a result, McAvoy has chosen to support AWARE as its new nominated charity.

AWARE deliver mental health and wellbeing programmes to communities, schools, colleges, universities and workplaces. They have an established network of 24 support groups across Northern Ireland in both rural and urban areas, all run by training volunteers;

  • 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year
  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work to stress
  • Overall prevalence of mental health conditions in Northern Ireland are up to 25% higher, in comparison to England.

As a result of McAvoy’s partnership with AWARE, staff will participate in ‘Mood Matters’ workshops throughout the month of May.

‘Mood Matters’ gives participants knowledge and skills which can be used to maintain or regain good mental health and build resilience to deal with life’s challenges. Cognitive behavioural concepts are used to challenge and change unhelpful thinking and behaviour in order to make a positive difference to their lives. More information on Mood Matters can be found on AWARE’s website.

McAvoy will continue to collaborate with AWARE throughout 2018/19 to improve general wellbeing of staff and to fundraise for the charity.