CEX update – looking after our mental health

We all have mental health. It affects how we feel and experience our day-to-day life. Often though it’s not something we speak about as openly as we speak about our physical health. 

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week so today I’d like to speak to you about our mental health and taking steps to look after it.

The focus of this awareness week is on ‘moving more for our mental health’ or in other words the benefits that a walk, a jog or anything that gets you moving can have.

I have two dogs, and there are mornings when getting up and out to take them a walk is the last thing I feel like doing, especially when there are a million other things to do as well. But by the time I am back, I am glad, every single time that I made the effort – in different ways I always feel better and more prepared for the day.

That’s just one example of the kind of thing that can help with good mental health. Another is the Employee Assistance Programme which provides free, confidential support of different kinds.

If there’s anything you would recommend for good mental health, I’d love to hear about it, so I can share ideas next week (anonymously if wished). Please let me know at workingtogether@argyll-bute.gov.uk  Thanks.

Mental health is such an important topic that I’m going to keep today’s update all about that, just ending on the positive note of getting credit for your work. I’ve mentioned this before but if you haven’t already, please do find out about nominating your colleagues for doing a great job. Whether to colleagues or communities, your work makes differences that matter and deserve credit.

Wishing you all a good weekend,

Pippa

Pippa Milne

Chief Executive

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