Workplace Wellbeing

ABS is committed to speaking openly about mental health issues and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for those in the architectural community. In addition to practical support provided through our partnership with Anxiety UK, we are currently collaborating with RIBA on a pilot scheme to deliver wellbeing workshops in various locations, hosted by practices and delivered by presenters with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field. The aim is to raise awareness around mental wellbeing, providing businesses and practitioners with tools, information and best practice guidelines around implementing positive wellbeing in the workplace.

Workshops have already taken place in Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham and have been very well received so far;

“I would love to implement a wellbeing strategy in my medium size practice and am confident your talks will enable me to launch this.”

“This was extremely valuable. I left feeling extremely positive and have shared what I learnt with my practice as a prompt for them to continue their own progress.”

Although there is a lot of media coverage about promoting positive mental health, showing a move towards reducing the stigma attached to mental health issues, there is a long way to go, not least in supporting people effectively in the workplace. This is not specific to architecture; but the vulnerability of the architectural professions and widespread long hours culture, which may be compounded by issues outside of work, can impact significantly on mental wellbeing.

This is why ABS and RIBA are working together to keep talking about this important issue, and provide support and guidance to practices and practitioners.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Wellbeing workshops, contact Anne Cosentino at the RIBA: anne.cosentino@riba.org

If you want to know more about practical support for stress and anxiety visit our mental health page.

 

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