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As Mental Health Awareness Week begins this week, the conciliation service Acas has published new guidance to help employers and employees support mental wellbeing while they are working from home or on furlough.

"If you are anxious about your child or young person's mental health, seek help from a professional", it says.

These include emergency investments in charities now working to help those in need, launch a national campaign to promote how children can protect their mental wellbeing and introduce a support package for schools to help them prioritise mental wellbeing for pupils. There's also a real anxiety around the impact of the virus itself, job security concerns whilst on furlough and genuine worries around whether it is safe to physically return back to their workplace. "We have health and wellbeing advice for residents on our website, and I would encourage anyone who needs support, to use the Release the Pressure mental wellbeing service, by texting Medway to 85258".

"Peoples" experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic have been very different.

Deborah Humphrey, director of the mental health board, said mental health awareness is more important than ever. "There are signs of increased empathy and kindness from employers towards their employees in such hard times".

The call from Councillor Dean Carroll comes during Mental Health Awareness Week, and Shropshire Council is running a campaign showing people sharing acts of kindness.

"That's why, particularly at the moment, we need to make sure that we, our friends and our family look after our mental health as much as possible".

Nick Carver, who oversees the trust, says the wellbeing of colleagues is a "top priority", and highlighted the importance of having regular conversations about mental health.

"The pandemic is an opportunity to do that".

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week has been held every year in the United Kingdom since 2001 and aims to raise awareness and promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

"The link between kindness and mental health is really clear".

The AWP has also offered an extended list of activities to boost mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

"They play an important role in an overall health and wellbeing strategy of an organisation, but employers need to ensure they are properly supported too".

"The online community we're launching today gives everyone in film, TV and cinema an opportunity to talk openly and anonymously, giving as well as receiving advice, comfort and support".



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