18 May 2020
A picture of Sanctuary Group committed to supporting mental health

Staff across Sanctuary Group are being encouraged to look after their own mental wellbeing and to support others during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it is even more important to acknowledge the impact that this can have on people’s mental health.

Sanctuary is doing all it can to support staff across all business areas, including those working on the frontline within Sanctuary Care and Sanctuary Supported Living to look after their own mental health. An employee advice service is available for all staff along with a range of additional online resources, to help those now working from home. Staff are being encouraged to reach out to colleagues to support each other. Flexible working patterns are in place for all staff who need them, such as parents working remotely while also homeschooling or those with other caring responsibilities.

Led by the Mental Health Foundation, this year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Kindness’. The message is: be kind to yourself and others to help shape a better society for the future.

We have already seen so many acts of kindness during this time with employees volunteering to help in our care homes and supported living services. They have also been involved with other initiatives including the delivery of food parcels to those in need across our communities and making wellbeing phone calls to residents.

Supporting mental health is a priority for Sanctuary and this has been underlined by the Group’s commitment to the Time to Change campaign, which works towards removing the stigma around mental health. In total we have trained in excess of 800 members of staff in mental health first aid.

Nicole Seymour, Group Director - Corporate Services, said: “Looking after the physical and mental health of our employees and residents is paramount.

“It has been heart-warming to see how everyone is pulling together to support each other and I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment at this difficult time.”