Staff at City Building have marked Mental Health Awareness Week with a day of fun and stress-busting activities at their Darnick Street headquarters.
From home baking stalls and raffles to mindfulness sessions, the aim was to get people together, start them talking about mental health issues and to introduce them to the internal and external resources available to anyone who needs help.
More than 400 staff took part and although the tour of Ibrox – top prize in a raffle that included tickets to both The Stand Comedy Club and M&D’s Theme Park – was won by a Celtic supporter, other outcomes on the day were more soothing.
Maggie’s cancer support charity delivered mindfulness sessions to help with stress; the Men’s Shed Association came along to explain how their approach to tackling isolation is having a powerful effect on mental wellbeing and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) provided information on how it supports people in all kinds of situations to recover from mental health issues.
Other activities included counselling on work-life balance, relationships and childcare; help with debt problems, disability and illness and information on how to cope with bereavement and other life events as well as advice on bullying and harassment.
During the day over £1,000 was raised for PANDAS Foundation, a charity dedicated to tackling post and pre-natal depression.
Dr Graham Paterson, Executive Director, City Building, said: “The day was very successful and everyone who participated got a lot out of the event.
“As an organisation we want to do our bit to reduce the stigma that can surround mental health in the workplace and to let our staff know that help is available, whatever their issues.”
City Building is one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, with 2,200 employees. The RSBi manufacturing arm of the business employees 250 staff, more than 50% of whom have a disability.
The company has twice been awarded a Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.
For more information on City Building please visit www.citybuildingglasgow.co.uk/