Extra ‘Bank Holiday’ to Promote Mental Health Awareness

A Wrexham-based organisation will be officially closed today (15 Oct) as employees observe its first ever ‘Empowerment Day’.

In recognition of World Mental Health Day (10 Oct) and as part of its ongoing commitment to staff wellbeing, Empower – Be The Change has decided the third Monday in October will be an additional days annual leave for all staff.

The day is an opportunity for employees to invest in their own health & well-being and ahead of their upcoming time off, Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths visited Ty AVOW in Wrexham to meet with Empower’s staff and to discuss the initiative.

She said: “Mental health issues are common, with one in four people being affected at any one time.  I do believe, however, attitudes are beginning to change towards mental health as more people appear to recognise mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health.”

“Encouraging staff to have an extra day off is a positive initiative which highlights an important issue.  Well done to Empower and I hope the staff enjoy their long weekend.”

Jo Clay, Founder and Managing Director of Empower – Be The Change said: “The team work incredibly hard to support many people achieve their ambitions.  This is recognised by the growing demand of our courses as we have now successfully empowered over 200 people across North Wales.”

“To continue this good work we recognise the importance of looking after our staff health and well-being.  The empowerment day is one of many initiatives we have created to ensure we have a happy healthy team.”

Lesley Griffiths AM also took the opportunity to congratulate Empower – Be The Change on recently being crowned winners of the ‘Employment, Education & Training’ category at the Social Enterprise of the Year Awards.