Stress awareness week
The reality is that mental health can affect anyone. Statistically, 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. Stress is a key factor and that’s why at Magna Housing we are doing all we can to support our colleagues when they are struggling.
Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.
Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between stressors. This could be in your personal life, work life, or both.
Sarah Cartlidge, Development & Wellbeing Manager at Magna, said: “The health and wellbeing of our colleagues at Magna is vitally important to us. This year we have really focussed on providing training and tools to help with this.”
Between August and October this year, Magna held Manager Masterclass workshops, delivered by the Dorset Wellbeing & Recovery partnership, for over 90 of our managers. The workshops have focussed on personal recovery and wellbeing, including the change acceptance cycle and resilience.
Workplace Wellbeing Strategy Workshops are also being held through November and December for all managers, delivered by LiveWell Dorset.
Sarah said: “We want to make sure that our management team has a good understanding of mental health issues and how to deal with stress, so they can provide support to their teams.”
In addition to this, Magna are providing training for 18 volunteer Wellbeing Supporters across the organisation. These supporters are from across the business, in a variety of roles, so that there is someone who is approachable for all.
Kayleigh Jones, Project Support Administrator at Magna Housing, is one of the volunteer wellbeing supporters. She said: “This is such an exciting and important step that Magna has taken. It’s a great opportunity to learn how to help others take steps towards wellbeing and I wanted to be part of it so I can support my colleagues.
“The course has taught me that making small changes to your lifestyle can help improve your wellbeing. Go for a walk, take in nature, and talk more – small steps that can improve your overall wellbeing.”
Further information on the workshops, and how you can organise them for you workplace, can be found at: