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Supporting mental health and disability at work

ABI Mental Health awareness activity

The ABI took part in a week-long activity to mark Mental Health Awareness Week in May and has joined Britain’s Healthiest Workplace, to deepen our understanding of the health risks affecting ABI employees and to better understand how these could be mitigated.

The ABI has committed to offering mental health training to all our line managers by the end of 2017.

  • Lauren Gow, Communications Officer, blogs on her own workplace mental health experiences, as well as how – and why - employers should support mental health in the workplace: read it here. 
  • You can read a blog from Raluca Boroianu-Omura, ABI Head of Protection and Health, discussing mental health in the workplace and the importance of protection products here.
  • You can read a guest blog from Carol Harnett, President, US Council for Disability Awareness on the need for more personal conversations about mental health here

The ABI supports #MHAW17

This year the ABI supported Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 by hosting a number of internal workshops and activities, teaching the team how to manage stress, promote workplace wellbeing and relaxation (thank you work-day shoulder massages!), and how to best support in the workplace those experiencing mental ill health. 

We partnered with the mental health charity Mind who came in and spoke to the ABI team on how to use mindfulness to relieve anxiety and stress, and gave us the framework to improve employee wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. We also hosted a lunchtime Yoga workshop, put together wellness packs, arranged for neck and shoulder massages for employees and rounded off the week with a charity cycle-a-thon, with all proceeds from the weeks activity going to Mind.

The ABI is also lobbying to encourage more employers to offer valuable support to those experiencing mental ill health. 

Charity Mind teaches ABI staff about Mindfulness

Mind hosts a Five Ways to Wellbeing workshop

ABI Cycle-a-thon