The CVS Inverclyde team got together for a "Tea and Talk" session in their new Inverclyde Community Hub base at Cathcart Street, Greenock, to support one of their Healthy Working Lives goals - to recognise the route to good mental health and wellbeing.
The team are working towards silver accreditation with the NHS Scotland HWL awards programme. The initiative supports employers and employees in their development of health promotion and safety themes in the workplace, in a practical way that's beneficial to everyone.
"Mental health and wellbeing has moved up the agenda for all employers in recent years, with stress, depression and anxiety reported as one of the most common reasons for staff absence," said CVS Inverclyde Chief Executive Officer Ian Bruce.
"With World Mental Health Day falling on Tuesday 10 October and its theme being Mental Health in the Workplace, we thought this was an ideal opportunity to recognise that we all need a break during our busy working day. All too often we forget to take a breather.
"So, taking our inspiration from 'Tea and Talk', an annual event promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, we felt that connecting with colleagues over a cuppa, cake and a chat is a great way to do precisely that. It is aimed at improving mental health by getting people to take a break and connect in person with the folk they work beside."
The CVS Inverclyde team got into the spirit of Tea and Talk, bringing in home baking and cakes to enjoy with a cuppa, while chatting to each other in their new staffroom and kitchen.