Our mental health and well-being is crucial and has been even more prevalent over the past 18 months. Wolves have therefore spent the past week supporting staff by updating them with information to help maintain good mental health and well-being.
Daily email updates, gatherings and helpful kits have all been provided to staff throughout the week to help everyone reflect on their own sanity and offer a helping hand to those in need. surround if necessary.
Scott Sellars, Technical Director and Wolves Council Mental Health Champion, started the week with a column sent to all staff, acknowledging the importance of the topic, highlighting the changes being made to support mental health at the club, offering a supporting and celebrating successes.
He told staff: “Over the past 18 months, with the club operating during a nationwide lockdown, mental health and wellness has been at the forefront of our minds, and I think we should celebrate the way we are. have protected our players and our staff in this area. .
“In May 2020, when we were isolating ourselves at home, I brought up this topic in a staff email, sharing my mental health experiences in conversation form during my play days, which seemed to resonate with people, so this is a subject that I have always taken very seriously, as we all do.
“We have recognized the importance of our mental health and well-being and have taken real action to support this area, which I think we should celebrate.”
What followed were daily emails, covering a variety of departments and staff, with the club’s new We Care Ambassadors featured on Tuesday. Ambassadors are trained by Mental Health First Aid England, which gives them a broad understanding of mental health issues, and they are there to support Wolves staff.
The continued excellent work of the Wolves Foundation was celebrated the next day. The vast majority of the 36 community and outreach projects run by the Foundation include a significant element of supporting the health and well-being of participants of all ages and from all sectors of society, so the topic was relevant.
With the loss of face-to-face delivery over the past 18 months, staff faced the challenge of adapting and being creative to continue supporting those in need – a challenge they responded with. immense pride and professionalism.
Thousands of masks and other PPE items have been distributed in the area, £ 50,000 has been raised for the Covid response from the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust, staff and former players have made more than 5,000 calls for participants and the Feed Our Pack initiative saw food provided to those in need in our community.
Another way the Wolves have supported the pack over the past 18 months is with free access to the Unmind app, a workplace mental health platform that enables employees to measure, understand and improve. proactively their mental well-being, and access to Unmind remains free for all staff. .
Monday October 18 was World Menopause Day, led by the International Menopause Society, and Wolves marked the day with a “Pause to Chat” meeting. Menopause affects everyone, whether you go through it as a woman, work, or live with someone who has symptoms, which is why education is crucial.
This was another topic that came up during Mental Health and Wellness Week in an effort to break stigma and Monday, which was the first of the monthly gatherings, saw successful adoption and was another example of Wolves tackling an extremely important conversation.
“Pause to Chat” is one of many activities that will continue to help these conversations unfold in a number of ways, including Group Psychology Sessions, Yoga Classes, Strava Challenges, and a Walk and Talk Group.
The week ended the same way it started, with a column by Sellars, but the message was that conversations don’t end at the end of Mental Health and Wellness Week, but continue, and there is always a helping hand available for all staff or supporters.
Sellars said: “We have come to the end of a truly successful mental health and wellness week where I hope everyone has seen the positive work that has been happening at the club over the past few years. years, and this is a good opportunity to thank everyone for their help and support.
“Of course these conversations don’t end there – there is ongoing support for all staff, so when you need it don’t be afraid to speak up, that’s my message. there to support each other, not just for work, but also for topics beyond that, which ultimately is the essence of being a pack.