Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness week

There are so many things that can affect our mental health, such as trauma, neglect, discrimination, loss, stress, imposter syndrome, thinking you should have it all figured out or having a long-term health condition, just to name a few! Over the years, the tide has changed from mental health not being spoken about like it’s some taboo thing, to people now making themselves, their health and mental well-being a priority and shouting about it. Go us! By supporting Mental Health Awareness we can better support our family members, our friends, our work colleagues, and ourselves.

Remember to check-in on people who:

  • Have been quiet lately
  • Never ask for help
  • Always seem happy
  • Come across as ‘strong’
  • Seem to have it all ‘figured out’
  • Are going through life transitions
  • Are always there for everyone else
  • Say they’re ‘fine’
  • You haven’t heard from them recently

You never know what people are going through behind the scenes and if you do notice any of the above, you won’t believe how grateful they’ll be that you noticed. People may drop their guard and be willing to talk or realise the path they’re going down early enough to prioritise themselves and take charge of their mental health.

Take charge of your mental health

Seek Support:

You don’t have to deal with mental health alone. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help when needed. Utilise available resources such as employee assistance programs, therapy, or support groups.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle:

Regular Exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep are fundamental to mental well-being. Incorporate these habits into your daily routine to boost your mood and energy levels.

Practice Mindfulness and relaxation:

Techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga can help manage stress and anxiety. Allocate time each day to unwind and relax.

Set boundaries:

Establish clear boundaries between work and personal life. Avoid working 24/7 and ensure you have time to pursue hobbies and interests outside of work.

Stay connected:

Maintain strong relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. Social support can provide comfort and help you navigate challenging times.

How employers can help create a supportive work environment

Open communication channels:

Encourage a culture of openness where employees feel comfortable discussing their mental health without the fear of stigma or repercussion. Regular check-ins and anonymous surveys can help gauge the mental well-being of your team.

Provide Resources and Training:

Offer access to mental health resources such as counselling services, mental health days, and stress management workshops. Training managers to recognise the signs of mental distress can ensure timely and appropriate support.

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Flexibility in work hours and remote working options where possible can alleviate stress and help employees manager their personal and professional lives better. This flexibility can lead to increased job satisfaction and productivity.

Promote work-life balance:

Encourage employees to take breaks, use their annual leave, and disconnect from work after hours. A healthy work-life balance is crucial for maintaining mental well-being.

A Positive work culture:

Foster a workplace culture that prioritises respect, inclusivity, and support. Celebrate achievements, encourage teamwork, and create opportunities for social interaction and team-building activities.

How the Oliver Rae team prioritise mental health

At Oliver Rae, we understand the importance of mental health, and each team member has their own strategies for maintaining well-being:


I love walking and spending time with my friends and family. Nothing makes me feel as good as a long walk on a sunny day or a coffee and catch up with my nearest and dearest. Switching off my social media and taking “me time” allows me to focus on what is important.


I love to lose myself in artwork or crafting as it allows my mind to switch off and my hands can take over and just create, and taking my dog Bear for long walks for the fresh air and peace.


I enjoy going to the driving range or spending time with friends and family, even if It is over a glass of full fat coke!


I enjoy spending time camping on the weekends with friends going off the grid away from phones and listening to music.

Mental Health Awareness week is a crucial reminder of the ongoing need to prioritise our mental well-being in both professional and personal spheres. Employers can create supportive environments that encourage open dialogue and provide necessary resources, while employees can take proactive steps to manage their mental health.

At Oliver Rae, we are committed to supporting both our clients and candidates and our own team in every aspect of their professional journey, including mental health. If you’re looking for a supportive recruitment partner who values your well-being, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can build healthier, happier workplaces.

Remember, mental health matters every week of the year. Let’s make it a priority.