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Mental Health and Wellbeing Award

CONGRATULATIONS to staff at Renfrewshire CHP, who recently received the Mental Health and Wellbeing Award, recognising the ongoing work that the Healthy Working Lives (HWL) group have been doing in the area.

The CHP carried out a wide range of activities to encourage staff to be aware of their mental health and wellbeing and to increase awareness of how to identify stress and ways of coping with it. Much of this work followed up on the Health Needs Assessment completed in 2011, which helped the CHP achieve the HWL Gold Award. In addition to these activities, information campaigns have been stepped up and a bespoke awareness-raising programme was developed and delivered across CHP services.

They followed up this good news with a health and wellbeing event consisting of 16 interactive workshop sessions – including an introduction to mindfulness meditation approach; simple breathing exercises for relaxation; an introduction to Emotional Freedom Techniques and a presentation on risk factors associated with heart health.

The Glasgow Bike Station inspired staff to ‘get on their bikes’ and a wide range of health improvement advice and information was handed out, including oral health, alcohol use, smoking cessation, healthy eating and weight management.