Mental health is crucial for everything! People who feel mentally stressed are more likely to have health problems and are less motivated and creative. Only when we feel good are we able to do good work. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
SHITSHOW empowers organizations to promote mental health at work and to create excitement around the topic. Together we will launch the Mental Health Days from 05 to 07 April 2022.
At a glance
Note: The event will take place as a hybrid event, meaning some activities are planned on-site and some will take place online. In which form the individual activities take place, you can read in the description text.
Understanding mental health and promoting awareness.
What is mental health? Why is it so important? And what does my work have to do with it? In this 60-minute Vision Talk, we show that mental health is much more than just the absence of mental illness. We clarify why the topic is exciting and important for all of us, we show why it is essential and fun to stand up for it collectively – and why it is worthwhile for both people and organizations.
With a mixture of profound knowledge, personal anecdotes and inspiring facts, we create enthusiasm for a shared view of mental health and talk with lightness about a largely still stigmatized topic.
Getting to know personal stressors and developing individual approaches to solving them.
“Take a deep breath!“, „Have you tried meditation?”. There’s a lot of advice out there to help us manage our daily stress. And actually, they all sound good… it’s just that implementing them isn’t quite so easy.
In this mini workshop, we take a comprehensive perspective on the question, “Why are we stressed?” and focus on the different levels and influencing factors of stress. Participants reflect on their personal stressors, how their thoughts influence their actions and feelings of stress, and take first steps towards their very own stress resilience plan: From knowing to doing, that is!
Practicing mindfulness can be a way to cope better with stress and everyday challenges. Research shows that regular mindfulness practice can have positive effects on many levels, including improved concentration, less rumination, more creativity, improved immune function, more resilience, serenity, well-being, and contentment.
In this lesson you can get to know different mindfulness exercises, try them out and experience their effects. Important to know: If you are very psychologically stressed or ill or have acute depression, it is not the right time for such a course. It could be overwhelming. And: mindfulness is often associated with relaxation. That is a common effect of the practice, but not the goal of mindfulness, (as with autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation).
Learning to accept things as they are at the moment can lead to more tension. But if we learn this, it automatically leads to more calmness and relaxation.
In this practice session, participants will gain insight into the spiritual practice of meditation. This exercise aims to bring calmness and focus to your mind. A meditative state affects the body positively in different ways. The heartbeat is slowed down, breathing is deepened and the muscle tension is reduced which can improve the general well-being.
Yoga is essentially about freeing oneself from the burden of everyday life. This means back pain from sitting at a desk for too long as well as inner turmoil from too much stress. The ultimate goal of yoga practice is to achieve calmness of mind and spirit. Yoga offers meditative techniques that focus on mental concentration, breathing and physical exercises that improve our strength and flexibility.
Recognize psychological stress and act supportively as a colleague.
Psychological stress and illness do not only affect the daily work of affected persons themselves – they also have an impact on teamwork and cooperation. In many cases, there is a willingness within the team to provide support for affected colleagues – but there is a lack of knowledge about the ‘how’.
In this talk, we provide basic knowledge about mental stress and illness in the work context and point out how the social work environment – colleagues, HR representatives and managers – can actively support risk and protective factors for mental health. We also highlight do’s and don’ts in dealing with colleagues who are suffering from mental stress.
The elevator, the cafeteria or the meeting room: what are normal places for one person are real challenges for another. People with mental illness often experience certain situations and places in their everyday working lives as particular hurdles – and are thus met with incomprehension from their colleagues.
To increase understanding and awareness in the workplace, we developed the Mental Health Audio Guide: An immersive audio exhibition that introduces its listeners to the perspective of mentally ill colleagues at various stations in the company. The stories, recorded by professional speakers, make it easy to understand what it means to enter the elevator with an anxiety disorder, to go to the cafeteria with social anxiety, and much more.
This activity is hybrid, i.e. posters with QR codes are displayed in the workspaces, from which one can access the audio library.
Join the Mental Health Days and register for the event using the online registration form below. Please download the form, fill it out and send it to email@example.com Participation is free of charge.