An update from Catch22 on Mental Health

An update from the team at Catch22 on Mental Health.
On World FM Day last week, Catch 22 acknowledged what a fitting time it was to celebrate the industry and workforce on the front line against COVID-19. This week we are keen to connect with colleagues in the facilities management community to highlight Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme, Kindness.

The pandemic means there is added significance this year: our way of life has changed so dramatically in such a short period of time and we wanted to take this opportunity to encourage all our workers, candidates, clients and staff to think about how they can contribute. Here are some suggestions of how you can offer kindness to others.

At home and in your community:

  • Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Ring someone who is on their own, or video call them
  • Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour
  • Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time

At work:

  • Remember to say hi to colleagues and ask how they are
  • Offer to support colleagues who may not be familiar with technology you have used
  • Lend your ear – listen to your colleague who is having a bad day
  •  Say thank you to a colleague who has helped you

Don’t forget to look after and be kind to yourself as well – it’s been a tough time for everyone. Having to spend too much time at a desk and on a PC, I find being outside and walking long-ish distances with the dog helps enormously to reflect and clear the mind – you will have your own way of staying well but do consider:

  • Prioritising some “me” time so you can relax and reflect
  • Keeping to a schedule that has a healthy pattern but free of restraints
  • Learning a new skill
  • Treating yourself every now and again – you deserve it!

 

There is still so much uncertainty at the moment but all of us here at Catch 22 are committed to supporting and having a positive impact in the communities we service and the causes we support.

Be kind