“It’s OK not to be OK” is the message of Galway Chamber of Commerce’s new campaign focusing on mental health and wellbeing.
During the first wave of the pandemic, and the lockdown imposed to control it, Galway Chamber were understandably focused on business support and recovery.
With the second wave of lockdown in recent weeks as this crisis has gone on, Galway Chamber has found that supporting the mental health of employers, employees and their families is hugely important too.
The ‘Chamber Mindfulness Month’ launched by Galway Chamber this week is aimed at promoting mindfulness, self-care and mental health among the business community.
The campaign will focus around five pillars; Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and will run for 5 weeks starting from this Monday.
“Covid 19 has completely changed the way in which we go about our day-to-day business and personal lives,” said Galway Chamber President JP Gilmartin, adding, “Now more than ever we need to increase our resilience and improve our physical and emotional well-being.”
“Our campaign focusing on mindfulness, self-care and mental health will provide some practical steps and tips each of us can take to navigate through the current period of social distancing restrictions.”
For this campaign, Galway Chamber have partnered prominent Galway healthcare sector employer Medtronic, along with Laya Healthcare, national youth mental health charity Jigsaw, Yoga Mara, and Sheila O’Malley Workplace Wellbeing.
Four in ten workers are struggling to cope with day-to-day life as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic says Cillian Morris, Business Development Manager with Laya.