Here at Sarsen Health, October is Health Promotion Month. With campaigns including Back Care Awareness Week, Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Cholesterol Month all happening in October, what will you do to raise awareness in the workplace?

This year, the focus for World Mental Health Day is ’40 Seconds of Action’. Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. The tragedy of suicide and attempted suicide affects families and communities. The day aims to raise awareness of suicide around the world, and promote the role we can play to help others. By improving understanding and addressing the stigma surrounding mental health, we can support those who need help.

This week is a great opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work, and work life balance. Working parents make up more than a third of the UK’s workforce, yet less than 20% of jobs are advertised as flexible. Starting the conversation around flexible working can help to boost employee motivation and engagement – take a look at Working Families’ ‘Top Tips for Employers’ toolkit for more ideas and information.

October is Stoptober! Research shows that if you can quit smoking for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to quit for good. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for both your health and your finances, and you can see the benefits straight away. Over the last seven years, Stoptober has encouraged and supported over one million people to quit the habit for good. The NHS’ Stoptober website is full of useful information and support. With so many alternatives and so much help available, there’s never been a better time to stop for good.

There is a growing body of evidence to support the business case for implementing a Workplace Wellbeing Strategy. Promoting wellbeing at work and healthier lifestyle choices which support staff health can improve staff morale and increase productivity. Call us today to discuss how we can help you with your workplace health promotion program.