Event / 10-Oct-23

World Mental Health Day

Written by Matt Wills
World Mental Health Day

As today is World Mental Health Day, it’s a good time to remind ourselves to stop and pause and consider the wellbeing of not only ourselves, but also those of our colleagues.

At Poynton Bradbury Architects, I’m very keen to promote mental health and wellbeing and am about to embark on retraining as a Mental Health First Aider, something I first did during the initial Covid lockdown in 2020. The training has helped me to understand the different pressures that people face and some of the warning signs to look out for when someone may be struggling and need to talk. I’m supported by colleagues Justina, Josh, Emma and Simon in this role who are also Mental Health First Aiders. Our commitment to this process has seen us undertake ‘wellness chats’ with colleagues during the autumn, giving everyone a chance to check in, talk through anything that is weighing heavy on their mind, whether that be professional or personal and see what opportunities there may be to help them. This may be as simple as easing a workload or linking them up with a trained practitioner.

Poynton Bradbury Architects are committed to promoting Mental Health and Awareness and the positive dialogue that ‘it’s ok to not be ok’.

On World Mental Health Day, please remember to take some time to check on yourself and other around you - https://www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/world-mental-health-day/

Meet the Author

Senior Architect
Matt Wills
BSc(Hons)  BArch  DipArch  DipCons  ARB  RIBA Matt has been with Poynton... Read More

BSc(Hons)  BArch  DipArch  DipCons  ARB  RIBA

Matt has been with Poynton Bradbury since 2018, following 13 years working in local practices in Cornwall.

Matt has experience of leading extra-care housing, care and retirement living projects, as well as social and private housing, schools and hospital projects.  He has a particular interest in health and wellbeing and how good design can improve the lives of building occupants and users. Matt has a postgraduate diploma in conservation and has gained specialist skills and knowledge through working on a number of listed and historically important ecclesiastical projects.

Matt is also the practice’s Employee Owned Trust employee representative, ensuring that the ethos and direction of the practice is to the benefit of all. Following his role of RIBA Cornwall Branch Chair in 2014 Matt remains the RIBA Branch Treasurer.

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