Get involved in World Mental Health Day

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World Mental Health Day is today (Tuesday October 10) and this year focusses on mental health in the workplace.

The day is a chance to talk openly about mental health and for the Trust to share the important work our organisation and many others are doing to make mental wellbeing a reality.

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in our society, with work-related stress accounting for 45 per cent of all working days lost to ill health in 2015/16.

With more than one in four of us suffering from mental ill health at some point in our lives and with blue light employees (specifically ambulance staff) being at high risk of PTSD, it is important to keep promoting the #nostigma campaign wherever possible.

The Trust now has the Staff Wellbeing Hub at wellbeing.info@nhs.net or 01234 243060.  This is a completely confidential support service for all staff.

Debra Winterson, Health and Wellbeing Manager at the Trust, said: “There’s a variety of support in place for staff. The Hub is available to answer, support or signpost on any wellbeing issue.  If something affects you, then it is having an effect on your wellbeing.  No question is too small, or too silly.  All of them matter.

“We are encouraging each person in the Trust to take responsibility for their own wellbeing as well.  In order to look after each other, we should look after ourselves. So reach out, talk to each other, try to listen to what someone is saying and remember body language speaks volumes.  Watch for changing behaviours too.”

If you are mental health first aid trained, or ASIST trained, please let The Wellbeing Hub know so  you can better help your colleagues.

Five tips for daily wellbeing:

Connect – with the people around you, friends, family, colleagues and neighbours

Be active – walk, go cycling, play football

Keep learning – gain new skills and confidence, join a course, learn to play some music

Give to others – a smile, a kind word, volunteer your time

Be mindful – take time to look around you, think about what you are doing in the present moment.

 

Published 10th October, 2017

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