Aramark campaign backs World Mental Health Day

(L-R) Frank Gleeson with Alan Quinlan
10/10/2018 - 09:06
To coincide with World Mental Health Day today (10 October), foodservice provider Aramark has launched its ‘Take15’ campaign, encouraging people to take short breaks during their working day.

Recognising that “a healthy workforce is a happier and more productive workforce,” the month-long campaign calls on its employees, clients and customers to get away from their computers, phones and emails throughout the day and reconnect with colleagues.

It follows research that one in six people will experience mental health issues in the workplace.

President of Aramark Northern Europe, Frank Gleeson, explained: “Aramark is encouraging all of its clients and customers to take part in the TAKE15 campaign.

“The goal is to take time out to reconnect with people and look after your own mental health. We are dedicated to helping our teams and customers make positive changes to their lifestyle, so that they improve their wellbeing.

“Our mission is to enrich and nourish lives and we understand that a healthy workforce is a happier and more productive workforce.

“When employees take breaks at work, they become less fatigued and have more energy. Short breaks also increase our ability to focus and problem solve and reduce stress levels, so it makes sense for everyone to take 15 minutes to relax and clear their head during the day.

“We’re thrilled with the level of support from our clients for ‘Take15’ – our annual campaign has grown each year, as health and wellbeing becomes embedded in the work place.”

Elbha Purcell, head of dietetics and wellbeing for Aramark Northern Europe, added: “Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems. Over the past few years, people have become far more conscious of the importance of mental health in the work and study environment, and as a result, more focused on incorporating tools into their daily routines to help develop their mental and emotional resilience. 

“With this in mind Aramark developed its 2018 campaign to focus on mindfulness exercises, along with the importance of a healthy diet and providing practical tips on how to ‘take 15’”.

The company has also enlisted former Irish rugby union player, Alan Quinlan, as its health and wellness ambassador. He said: “When I played rugby for Munster and Ireland, it was obvious to me how important physical activity is for your mental health.

“It’s good that we are now being more open about our mental health but there is still a long way to go.

“That’s why I’m delighted to be part of Aramark’s health and wellness month again this year and I hope that everyone will join in the #TAKE15 campaign.”

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