As May is Mental Health Awareness Month, City of Malden employees Tamerlie Roc of the Board of Health and Jeri Scibelli and Crystal Morano of Human Resources set out to find ways to make employees feel appreciated and improve their mental health in the workplace. Mental Health Awareness Month serves to provide a reminder that mental health is essential and those living with mental health issues are deserving of care, understanding, compassion and pathways to recovery and healing. Tamerlie, Jeri and Crystal initiated several activities, including “Mindful Mondays” where employees follow stress relief videos at their desk, “Together Tuesdays” where employees are encouraged to have lunch together, “Wellness Wednesdays” where employees are encouraged to walk to Macdonald Stadium with their colleagues, “Thoughtful Thursdays” where employees are encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to think about how they feel at the end of the work week and “Don’t Forget Yourself Friday” – to celebrate yourself on another great week. On Tuesday all employees were treated to a full breakfast with eggs, bacon, bagels, fruit and all the fixings!
Harvard Pilgrim has offered free virtual fitness classes and mindfulness webinars and will be hosting several virtual webinars about “Mindfulness Practices for Burnout Relief” specifically for City of Malden employees. The City will also be posting information about Mental Health Awareness on its Human Resources page.