The East of England Co-op has made a commitment to become the best retail organisation in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health. Now more than ever the mental health and wellbeing of its colleagues is their priority.
In partnership with Suffolk Mind, the East of England Co-op wants to support all of its colleagues across its various businesses and trading areas by:
- Raising awareness around mental health and wellbeing
- Improving the daily lives of colleagues through a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing
- Supporting managers to create and maintain a healthy and productive work environment
- Creating an ongoing programme of support around colleague wellbeing
- Building confidence in colleagues to support one another
What do we mean by mental health and wellbeing?
We all have a brain which means we all have mental health, just like physical health, and both of these need to be taken care of. But what do we actually mean by mental health and wellbeing? Suffolk Mind’s Training Manager, Charlie Green explains more.
How is Suffolk Mind involved in this partnership?
Suffolk Mind provides support and information to help people manage their mental health and create meaningful lives. Our expert knowledge will help to guide and inform the wellbeing programme at East of England Co-op.
At East of England Co-op, colleagues now have access to Suffolk Mind’s Emotional Needs and resources approach material, as well as resources and training opportunities throughout the business. Our Wellbeing Programme Manager, David Grimmer (pictured), is working alongside colleagues to ensure that we deliver a tailor-made programme that helps colleagues stay well – both at work and at home.
Below are some examples of current resources to support your mental health and wellbeing. Over time, more resources will be added to this page to support you. Resources are being regularly updated on self-help tools for colleagues, so they can be accessed at work and at home.
Learn how to 7/11 breathe
7/11 breathing is a great technique to help you reduce stress and anxiety. Our Head of Education, Ezra Hewing talks you through it.
Good sleep is important for your mental health
We all need the right amount of sleep in a 24 hour period, about eight hours for the average adult and less as we get older. What can we do to get better sleep? Here are some pointers which experts recommend.
Need urgent help now?
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact:
- Your GP
- Visit A&E
- Call 999, or 111 (option 2)
- Call the Samaritans on 116 123
- Call Grocery Aid on 08088 021 122 or visit their website.
Suffolk Mind is unable to provide a crisis service, however we can signpost to helpful information on 0300 111 6000.