Supporting you this World Mental Health Day and beyond

Sunday 10th October was World Mental Health Day, but it’s important the conversations don’t stop now.


We’re passionate about helping our colleagues focus on their mental wellbeing, and we’d like to use this opportunity to encourage you to pause and reflect on how you can take better care of your own mental health and that of those around you.


As part of our Proud to be Asda Awards, we recognised six colleagues for their Outstanding Acts of Courage and Compassion, and if you haven’t seen the video, you can check it out here (trigger warning: suicide, self-harm). It's a stark reminder that mental health touches us all.


Over the past 12 months, we’ve rolled out Rethink Mental Illness training in Retail, meaning we have trained colleagues who can coach managers in their stores on how to spot early signs of mental ill health, as well as signposting colleagues to the support available.


Most importantly, it means we can work together to remove the stigma that still exists around mental health. 

Supporting You

Sharon Hammond, Senior Director ALS Food North, is part of our Wellbeing Inclusion Network. She explains how we all need to look after our mental health.


 "We're fast approaching what can be, for many of us, a busy and often stressful time of year both personally and at work. It’s so important to look after our mental health all of the time, in the same way we would our physical health, and not just when we’re feeling low or stressed."


 "There can be times when you have to remind yourself that “it’s ok not to be ok” and it’s really important to know what tools and support there is to help in those times."

Rethink Mental Health Training

Earlier this year we committed to having a manager in every store and depot trained by Rethink Mental Illness to support their colleagues and to signpost to resources where required.


This World Mental Health Day, we're revisiting this to make sure there's a trained manager in every store, with training taking place throughout October.


And don't forget, our Asda Academy offers two types of Wellbeing Sessions, the Personal Wellbeing Session and the Team Wellbeing Session, open to all colleagues. Both courses can be booked through the Learning Management System.


Launching our Wellbeing Folder

We're introducing a Supporting You Wellbeing Hub Folder to each and every one of our stores and depots.


This pulls together in one folder, all the information and resources available to support colleagues with their emotional, physical, financial, and social wellbeing - so they can take a look through whenever they need to.


Take a look at your digital version here.

Ways to get support

Chat to Woebot

Woebot is an app that uses tools designed by experts to stop negative thought patterns in their tracks. Chatting with Woebot only takes a few minutes a day. It’s private and secure and can be used whenever you need it, day or night.


It allows you to access in the moment emotional support and helps you track your mood, identify patterns and gives you insight into things you may not have realised are causing emotional distress.  Woebot can then teach you techniques and tools such as cognitive behavioural therapies or breathing exercises that can help.


It’s important to know, this app is not monitored by a person, and so shouldn’t be used in a crisis.


You can find out more, and download the Woebot App here.

Our Colleague Assistance Programme

Martin Walton, PBP, North Scotland, tells us how he put a colleague in touch with our Colleague Assistance Programme (CAP) when they needed it.

"A colleague came to me who was going through a tough time and needed some support. I was able to put them in touch with CAP and the counselling sessions they received were a massive help to them. It's great to know that CAP is not only to be used in times of crisis -  but also at the first signs of mental ill-health."  


You can access CAP through:

Freephone telephone - 0800 316 9337 (24/7, 365 days a year)

Online - (Access code: worklife, Password: worklife)

App - Go to your app store and download the 'Health e-Hub' App (Username: worklife, Password: worklife


GroceryAid is available 24/7 for colleagues to provide emotional support as well as practical advice in areas such as:

•            Relationships

•            Legal advice

•            Debt management

•            Carers support

Go to the GroceryAid website or call 08088 021 122 to find out more.

Do good, feel good