Set up by Channel 4's Mental Health First Aiders, 4Mind aims to support mental health awareness and emotional wellbeing for our people.
From Hollyoaks to Pure on-screen, Channel 4 is known for tackling subjects such as suicide and self-harm head-on. Within the organisation, we’re also raising awareness of mental health through 4Mind.
4Mind start conversations about mental health and staff wellbeing, working to break down stigma and improve support for Channel 4 staff through a range of events, activities and resources. They want to ensure Channel 4 is a workplace where staff are happy and healthy, and where everyone feels able to talk openly about their mental health. They exist to help make sure the company has the right support, policies, and training in place for everyone.
During 2020, almost overnight, staff at Channel 4 lost the soft support network that working in the office provided. Zoom fatigue kicked in and the lines between work and home life were blurred. Not to mention the additional stress and anxiety that came with the unfolding pandemic. But amidst the crisis came opportunity. Channel 4 encouraged more open discussion around mental health and made positive changes to the way we work in the long term that can support wellbeing.
Whether you need a cup of tea and a chat, info on how to access free counselling through BUPA or the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), or just need a safe space to talk about how you’re finding things at one of their weekly drop-ins: 4Mind and their network of 95 mental health first-aiders aim to be there every step of the way.