Here at Jellyfish Pictures, we are shouting about mental health. First off, we are delighted to announce we have launched a new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for our staff. The EAP is a welfare initiative where employees can access, confidential support to help cope with wellbeing issues that could impact you at work. The EAP is free to use and will be delivered by The Validium Group, a professional and independent Employee Assistance Programme provider who support over 350 organisations in the UK. The service is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is available to all eligible employees.
With one in four people suffering from a Mental Health issues each year, a team of Jellyfish staff have undergone training to become our Mental Health Champions! It is important for us to ensure all our staff feel they are supported and safe, our Champions are on hand to provide guidance and support to the rest of the company at any time.
First on the agenda for our champions was Mental Health Awareness week. Our team planned different activities and tasks across the week to encourage a positive impact on mental health for our employees. It began with a delicious bake sale at each studio where all proceeds went to CALM – The Campaign Against Living Miserably, the leading movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK.
Our week continued with an Appreciation wall, where we placed blackboards in each studio with colourful chalk pens. Jellyfish staff were able to express their appreciation and gratitude to someone in their team, or even to express some self-love with a personal accomplishment.
To encourage positive mental health and wellbeing outside the office, we organised a Jellysoccer football tournament. Congratulations to Team Red for the win! This was a real success and we will be sure to continue this as a regular activity for some friendly team competition.
For our learn something new portion of the week, we had our world renowned concept artist Jama Juabaev, showcasing his work on previous projects, including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, Ready Player One, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardian’s of the Galaxy, moving in to his tutorial ‘Using Blender as a creative tool for artists’.
And finally, for Friday lunchtime we had ‘Put your wacom pens down’. An enforced lunch hour, making sure everyone took time away from their desks.
Whilst celebrating mental health awareness week is worthy, it deserves so much more than a week. We should be shouting from the rooftops 365 days a year. This is not a taboo subject and we are committed to continuing the cause and our initiatives throughout the year.