DAM support World Health Day | Tuesday 7th April
7 April 2020 is national health day – the day to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and the vital role they play in keeping the world healthy. And there is certainly no time like the present to celebrate as nurses and other health workers are at the forefront of COVID-19 response - providing high quality, respectful treatment and care. Quite simply, without nurses, there would be no response – as an anon poet recently wrote "we clapped on our streets, hearts bursting with pride…they went off to war, while we stayed inside".
So, from all of us at DAM, we want to take this moment to thank all of the nurses, doctors and carers – the brave and the bold – fighting to keep us safe and well throughout this dangerous time.
As well as utilising this health day as an opportunity to celebrate those heroes who are out fighting to keep the nation in good physical health, we also think it is important to use this occasion as an important reminder of one of the secondary health impacts that Covid-19 may be having on you and your staff – that is the effects on individuals Mental Health wellbeing.
According to Mind UK, many people are staying at home more than they normally would which may make it feel more difficult than usual to take care of their Mental Health and wellbeing. Indeed, this sense of feeling isolated and confined to home may potentially spark feelings of unsettlement and anxiety for many.
To help Mind charity provide useful information on a range of useful factors to consider, including:
Hand washing and anxiety
Connecting with people
Deciding on a daily routine
Ways to relax and be creative
Keeping your mind stimulated
Taking care with news and information
Please visit their website to find out more about the ways in which you can help to ensure you and your staff remain mentally positive throughout this unprecedented time. And of course, at DAM we are also here to support your employees with financial guidance and support to help to try and ease any financial anxiety and stress they may be feeling as a result of the impact of Covid-19.
Practicing what we preach:
Here at DAM, just as most other companies, working entirely from home is unchartered territory for us, and we are doing all that we can to ensure our team remain connected and mentally well throughout this time. As well as utilising Microsoft teams on a daily basis to help provide some sense of face to face contact for our employees, our managing director, Lorraine, has also been sending out regular communications for the team to encourage physical and mental activities throughout this time, covering useful tips and links for exercising from home, as well as information on free Open University courses (ranging from learning a new language to astronomy).
We are experiencing this new challenge together, and there is certainly no one size fits all approach for companies to develop to get through this difficult time. Through supporting one another, and our employees as much as possible, we can only hope that we can continue to fight this battle on a daily basis, and come out the other end as strong as possible.