At Optionis, we believe it’s important to give something back to our community. We recently announced our corporate charity and, this year, we’ve partnered with the Samaritans.
Samaritans is a registered charity dedicated at providing support to anyone struggling to cope. They make sure that there’s always somebody to talk to, answering over five million calls for help every year. The Samaritans campaign to prevent any feelings associated with loneliness and isolation, leading to fewer deaths by suicide.
As part of our charity partnership, the Samaritans will be offering a series of Lunch & Learn sessions to our employees. These kicked off on April 10th, and our Marketing and HR teams were invited to the first session. Presented by Matthew Gray, Samaritans Corporate Account Manager, the workshop focused on emotional wellbeing. As well as tucking into the lunch on offer, the teams were introduced to the topic of emotional health, and ways of improving this in the workplace.
The session began with an introduction to Samaritans and what their work in the community includes. Over 20,000 trained volunteers are on hand to answer somebody’s call for help; areas of conversation include financial worries, loneliness, isolation, and work-related stress. Matthew explained that although their primary campaign is to reduce feelings of isolation which can lead to suicide, four times out of five, a call for help is not directly related to suicide.
Activities during the workshop included brainstorming ways in which emotional health could be supported further at work, and the group were interested to hear a variety of suggestions about how everyone could each improve their emotional health during working hours, as well as at home.
It’s important to note that anyone can experience a dip in their emotional health, at any point. Because of this, it’s important that we can make changes to support our employees. Matthew gave guidance on how to approach the topic of emotional health with somebody who could need support. From choosing an appropriate place to talk, right through to developing an action plan, Optionis believes that our employees should feel supported right through their journey. Even if somebody does not feel ready to speak out, reassuring them that support is there is equally as important. Even something as small as taking a ten-minute walk away from your desk can make such a big difference to the working day.
“A healthy workplace is one where employees and managers work together to protect and promote the health, safety, wellbeing and the sustainability of the business” – World Health Organisation
The Samaritans are there to help. For more information and to talk to someone who understands, contact them directly on 116 123.