What are you looking to achieve with your activity?

Note: Some activities could bring up difficult feelings and it’s likely that at least one person in a group is likely to have experience of mental illness. Create a safe environment from the outset:

  • Make it clear that people do not have to disclose anything about themselves unless they feel comfortable and safe to do
  • Make sure everyone knows where and how to access support, both in and out of the workplace.

Understanding mental health

Mental health pub quiz
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15 minutes

Find out how much your colleagues know about mental health.

Mental health myth buster quiz
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15 minutes

Challenge misconceptions and learn the real facts about mental health.

Lunch and learn – mental health
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 45 - 60 minutes

Get some ideas for running one or more 'Lunch and learn' sessions about mental health.

Supporting managers

Managing conversations with struggling colleagues
Suitable for: Individual
Guidance for having safe and supportive conversations when a colleague shares a mental health problem.

Ideas for managers
Suitable for: Individual
Time: 10 - 30 minutes

Suggestions that help you demonstrate value and appreciation to the staff members you manage.

Opening up conversations

Six degrees of being in a colleagues’ corner
Suitable for: Groups and individuals
A pack that helps you to think about how you can support and or start conversations with colleagues who you work closely with and those that you don't.

Starting a conversation
Suitable for: Individuals
Advice on how to start a conversation about mental health.

Speaking up
Suitable for: Individuals
How to speak about your own experiences in a safe and effective way.

Stream of consciousness
Suitable for: Individuals
This activity helps you to think about how we might find a place to start telling our experiences of stress, anxiety, low mood, or other mental health problems.

Setting healthy boundaries as a Champion
Suitable for: Individuals
Advice on how to set boundaries that help you balance your role as a Champion, your work, and your wellbeing.

Spontaneous 8
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 10 minutes

Brainstorm with colleagues all the ways you can start conversations about mental health in minutes.

Fancy some Craftercise?
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 30 minutes

Change the way your colleagues think and act about mental health while creating something artistically fabulous.

How do we chill?
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15 minutes

Sharing how you all relax after a tough day is a good way to start talking about mental health.

Secret Banta
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15-20 minutes

Secret Santa is fun during Christmas but this activity is fun and can be done all year around! Encourage people to take some time away from the workplace and do something positive for their wellbeing.

Tea, Toast and Chat?
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 15-20 minutes

Break the work routine by holding a meetup event specifically for wellbeing.

Fighting stigma

What does stigma feel like?
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 10 minutes

Help an audience you're speaking to to understand what it feels like to experience mental health stigma.

Do you wear a mask at work?
Suitable for: Individual
Time: 15 minutes

Think about the 'masks' we all wear at work and how we can make it possible and safe to show more of our 'true' selves.

What goes through your mind at work?
Suitable for: Individual
Time: 5 minutes

This activity focuses on 'self-stigma', the negative thoughts we have about ourselves.

Stigma word map
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 5 minutes

Fill in the word map with words associated with mental health stigma, and think about how to reduce stigma when talking about mental health.

Stigma force field exercise
Suitable for: Individual
Time: 10 minutes

What are the barriers to seeking help? This activity looks at the pros and cons of talking about mental health at work.

Taboo or not taboo
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 10 minutes

Make a safe space to discuss 'taboos' at work, and establish that mental health belongs to us all and isn't taboo after all. 

Elephant in the room
Suitable for: Groups
Time: 5 minutes

Experiencing mental health problems can be isolating - sharing ideas and feelings can help people to realise they're not alone.

Am I reaaally fine?
Suitable for: Individual
Time: 5 minutes

Break away from the habit of telling others we're 'fine' when we might not be.