#SelfCareWeekly blog – #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

As I am in Chicago on business all week, @hanszures kindly agreed to step in and facilitate discussions and wow, didn’t she do an awesome job.

To my utter amazement, Steve Browne commented on a link – https://www.reflektive.com/blog/twitter-hr-leaders/ – that references our #SelfCareWeekly twitter chat is recommended by Reflektive – a very kind gesture and thanks to all of those taking part so far.

Back to tonight’s chat and one of the things that stood out to me loud & clear was the range and depth of solutions and ideas that were being propose in this, an important week around raising awareness of mental health and reducing the stigma that surrounds it.

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There are a number of solutions discussed above including considering the language being used around selfcare, making ones own selfcare a key business priority & role modelling positive selfcare behaviours.

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I love the discussion above which focuses on the importance of #trust and accountability around prioritising selfcare.  This is further reinforced as below:

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I really like the above idea of not only taking accountability, but being assertive & forthright that ones selfcare is a personal priority and one that will ultimately lead to improved performance and engagement at work.

The term ‘brave enough’ if turned around could also be re-framed as being within ones power and not living in fear of prioritising selfcare.

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Communication & role modelling as to the importance of selfcare within an organisational system appears to be key.  There were a number comments tonight around paying lip-service or ticking boxes around wellbeing.

To truly communicate & role model that selfcare is a fundamental business strategy would be a huge step forward I feel.

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This exchange above is brilliant and for me, represents why Twitter chats brought to life by open debate and communication, can yield such rich value and context.

This is the first time, that I have noticed at least, since this chat has been running that introducing or emphasising selfcare at the early recruitment stage as a clear message of intent around helping others achieve a work-life integration.  Truly embedding a culture of selfcare from recruitment seems so obvious yet so rare (in my understanding to date)

The following 3 chats emphasise perfectly why it is so important that the stigma around mental health is finally broken for good:

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Trust, safety & accountability are key themes for me above.

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@JoKandola would be very interested in the above exchange around environment and lived experiences becoming the lens of reality that one ‘chooses,’ even we do not like to admit that we have or are making such choices at times.

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The above is a quality exchange and I really like Andrea’s commitments around being intentional around selfcare.  There were a number of comment around selfcare is one of the first things to go when under stress.

There also examples of organisations that cut the L&D budget when things get tight, the very thing that could help them trade out of any difficulties more effectively.

Selfcare of ourselves and those around us is a critical challenge & continuous improvement need.

To bring this chat to life further, I share the story of a good friend of mine Tim who has had his own mental health challenges:

https://anchor.fm/value-through-vulnerability/episodes/Tims-story—MentalHealthAwarenessWeek-e1fop2

I wish everyone a safe, enjoyable and productive rest of this week and thanks once again to Han for lading tonight’s #SelfCareWeekly.

Hope to see people at next weeks Tuesday chat at 1900pm GMT.

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