Mental Health Week is May 1-7 and MindWell-U is pleased to make these mindfulness resources available to you and your workplace.
Feel free to download, share and discuss.
In the video below, MindWell-U's Co-Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway, PhD. discusses the relationship between mindfulness and mental health.
This video explains the benefits of mindfulness and introduces people to "Take 5", MindWell-U's core mindfulness practice that's woven throughout the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge in order to make Take 5 a habit.
Consider sharing the video with employees, playing before a team meeting or including in your mental health initiatives.
Included in the Challenge is a series of infographics which teach participants, among other things, how to hard wire happiness, get off 'Thought Trains' and be mindful in the middle of whatever they're doing. The Challenge teaches something called 'mindfulness-in-action'... no dark rooms, scented candles or yoga mats required!
These infographics could be shared with employees in a presentation, in print or on your intranet site. You could also release them one at a time or as a set. HINT: involve management in the distribution of these in order to send a clear message to employees that mental health is supported by the organization.
Take 5 Podcast
Participants in the Challenge and their buddies (everyone who takes the 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge gets to include a buddy from outside the organization at no cost) are encouraged to listen to this Take 5 podcast and learn the steps so they can be present and mindful no matter what they are doing (in a meeting, commuting to work, having a difficult conversation, etc.).
Share this 3 min podcast with your leaders and managers and have them play it before starting their next meeting. Wait until you see how attendees become more present, engaged and focused!
Delivering the mental health benefits of mindfulness to men
The results of a two year MWU research study funded by the Movember Foundation determined that men are more likely to sign up for mindfulness training, which is proven to improve their mental health, if it's linked to:
And delivered at work
Download this 'Men & Mindfulness - How to Guide for HR' or read more about the study and its outcomes in HR Reporter Magazine.
Mindfulness & Millennials
Millennials suffer from more mental health issues than any previous generation with one in five reporting depression symptoms and 50% saying they regularly can't sleep because of stress (average for all generations is 33%). While two-thirds of depressed millennials report their symptoms may not be severe enough to keep them home, their capacity for quality work is greatly diminished if they do show up.
The good news is that Millennials are embracing mindfulness and use this tool to help manage their stress, stay focused and increase happiness:
Top reasons Millennials choose mindfulness
It helps me function better (98%)
It makes me happier (98%)
It is a vital antidote to the stresses of everyday life (98%)
Complicated Relationship with Technology
88% of Millennials frequently find themselves distracted by technology
79% of Millennials wish there were more ways to minimize technology’s presence in their lives
Mindful Mobile Users
57% of Millennials use smartphones to help them be more mindful
Mind Body Green Report, “Meet The Mindful Millenial” November 2014
Considering the number one job benefit sought by Millennials is training and development, provide these mindfulness training materials to your Millennial employees and do so in a way that resonates best with them - online and shareable!
Lastly, a few things that inspire us...
This young woman living with anxiety and depression gets on stage and wows America's Got Talent.
Now that's inspiring!
The United Kingdom uses mindfulness interventions to address mental health concerns in education, health, the workplace and the criminal justice system.
What an inspiration... among other things citizens can get a prescription for mindfulness which they can put through a benefits plan, British MPs study mindfulness in Parliament and its incorporated widely into the school curriculum.
This MWU client does inspirational work and has more mental health resources available for your workplace.
Check out the MHCC's 13 factors that can impact the mental health of employees and be sure to download their free videos and facilitators guide.