Following on from our staff training we were given many useful links which we are pleased to share with you all.
The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.
Doc Ready helps you get ready for the first time you visit a doctor to discuss your mental health.
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) is a brief behavioural screening questionnaire.
Action for Happiness is a charity based in the United Kingdom. It aims to increase the happiness in the world by bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and supporting them to take practical action to build a happier and more caring society, drawing on the latest scientific research.
Samaritans is a registered charity aimed at providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone helpline.
Below are 3 fantastic youtube videos relating to mental health:
Brene Brown on Empathy
Coping with mental health
We now have several dedicated Mental Health First Aiders. A number of our staff attended a 2 day training course in order to assist apprentices with any issues and to provide guidance when needed. If you feel you need someone to talk to you can contact our staff using the following:
Sue Andrews 07957 462890. Alternatively you can send her an email here
Alison Berkoff 07946 534010. Alternatively you can send her an email here
Vicky Day can be emailed here
June Gray 07944 038612. Alternatively you can send her an email here
Satwant Jandu can be emailed here
Caroline Kennedy 07949 035335. Alternatively you can send her an email here
Kate Moe-Geke 07940 763345. Alternatively you can send her an email here
Bullying at work
This can happen in many different ways. If you feel as though you are experiencing bullying in the workplace, this can be a very devastating and distressing issue and bullying can affect your emotional health. You may be feeling very low and anxious at the thought of going to work and facing the individual or group that may be subjecting you to this and the bullying may also be affecting family life. The attached links include lots of useful advice.
Cannabis is an illegal drug which can affect your mental health. This link talks about the effects that cannabis can have on your mental health and how to get help and support. You may also find it useful if you care for someone who uses cannabis.
Someone you know may have a mental health problem right now – a family member, your friend, your workmate. He or she just might not know how to tell you.
Being open to mental health can break down any stigma surrounding it. You don’t have to be an expert to talk and to listen, and often it’s the little things that make a big difference. The following links contain useful information and contacts to assist you in these matters.
These practical tips cover the basics of healthy eating and can help you make healthier choices
Healthy eating and staying active, combined with a positive outlook can lead to:
- Reduced risk of heart disease and some forms of cancer.
- Elevated mood, energy and self-esteem.
- Reduced anxiety and stress.
- Opportunities to spend enjoyable time with family and friends.
Sunscreen and sun safety
If you want to stop smoking, you can make small changes to your lifestyle that may help you resist the temptation to light up.
Drug addiction: getting help
If you need treatment for drug addiction, you’re entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.
With the right help and support, it’s possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.
Rehab 4 Addiction was founded to assist those affected by substance misuse and their loved ones. They offer a range of services, and help signpost you to the most effective treatments. This includes alcohol rehab, drug rehab, detox services, intervention, aftercare and outpatient counselling. Their helpline advisors are committed to helping you in your quest to locate effective treatments for addiction. For more information please click here
Coping with anxiety
Easing of lockdown will allow us to get back to the people and things we love, but it’s OK if you feel worried about going back to something more “normal” as lockdown restrictions loosen. The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been hard for us all and we have all experienced the effects differently, including those of us who have been shielding. Even positive change can lead to anxiety, and it can take time to readjust to things we have not done for a while. Feelings of post-lockdown anxiety are likely to pass with time as we get used to the “new normal” but it’s important to do what we can to take care of our mental health. There are lots of things that can help you to manage these feelings and make it easier to adjust.
Click here for 11 top tips for taking care of your mental health as things change.