Wellbeing in Retail initiative

Right now times are tough for the 2.9 million people working in retail – the largest private sector employer in the UK. And it’s not just the economic impact – mental health is a big concern. Whether its frontline supermarket staff, furloughed employees, or small business owners who have had to shut up shop, many will be finding that their mental health is taking a hit as a result of Covid-19.

But there is support out there.

The John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASOS, the Co-op, M&S and Next have all funded the Wellbeing in Retail initiative, which was launched on World Mental Health Day 2019. The online training guide helps workers look after their own mental health while giving advice on how they can help others who may be struggling.

The development of the website was inspired by research which revealed that many retail workers could not recognise the signs of someone needing emotional support and round some would not feel confident approaching an upset colleague.

The Wellbeing in Retail tool complements Samaritans’ Wellbeing in the Workplace online learning programme which was launched in 2018 initially for City workers with the help of The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and has been successfully rolled out to over 800 organisations.

Find out more here.

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