Borough Care held a Mind and Natter Day for staff at each of its eleven homes, to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
World Mental Health Day, held on October 10th each year, aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and highlight what needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide. The day also provides an opportunity for people to talk openly about mental health concerns. Every year one in four adults will have a mental health issue. According to UK estimates, only about one-fourth of those with mental health problems undergo ongoing treatment.
Borough Care set up the Mind and Natter sessions at each of its homes, to give staff the opportunity to talk about any subject in an informal environment. Staff could either discuss issues that were on their minds, or things that were concerning them, on a one to one basis or in a group session. Staff took time out of their usual daily routine to chat about a wide range of topics.
Sophie Gardiner, Area Support at Borough Care, says: “We’re had incredibly positive feedback from the Mind and Natter Day, which was really well received. Staff have asked if we can do a similar session each month so going forward we’re going to be introducing a wellbeing afternoon in all of our homes.”