Mental health problems at work are common with at least one in six workers experiencing common mental health problems, including anxiety and depression.

Every employer depends on having healthy and productive employees – valued and supported staff are far more likely to deliver the best outcomes for your business.

If you want to attract and retain committed employees, prioritising the mental health of your staff needs to be core business in your organisation.

You might not be talking about it, because mental health is still a taboo subject and many people feel scared and confused about confronting the issue at work. But there are small, simple steps you can take to look after yourself and make your workplace mentally healthier.

How can runr play a part?

Every May, we organise a virtual run called Miles for Mind, to coincide with mental health awareness week. Entrants can choose a distance to cover over the course of the month, from 25 to 200 miles, with all event profits going to mental health charity Mind. We support Mind because we know a lot of people use exercise as a way to manage their mental health. Since it launched in 2018, we've had over 3000 people take part and we've raised over £32,000 for Mind.

Last year we tested out team entry with a small number of companies, where a team can come together as a group to see how many miles can be covered. We are aware that more and more companies are starting to focus on their staff wellbeing, and we feel this is a great offering that can support wellbeing initiatives. For 2020 we would like to get as many companies on board as possible, and get people out running and walking, and talking about mental health.

Below is a testimonial from Kay, HR Officer at My Optique, who entered a team of 59 runners, who signed up for an amazing 3525 miles:

'I took part in Miles for Mind 2018 and really enjoyed the experience. I have found that running benefits my personal mental health and wellbeing so signed up again in 2019. I then mentioned this at a Social Squad meeting and was thrilled when our CEO said that it was a great cause to support and that MyOptique through the Social Squad would pay the entry fee for all those who wanted to participate. I genuinely did not expect so many colleagues to get behind Miles for Mind in the way that they did. Colleagues decided to walk on their lunch breaks and get together at the weekend too to boost their mileages. Although each employee set their own personal challenges it helped foster a collaborative and competitive approach to clocking up the miles whilst raising awareness around mental health and exercise.’

If you are interested in getting yourself, and your business, involved, here is a link to the event on our website - Miles For Mind - or feel free to drop us an email at info@runr.co.uk.

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