Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay.This year’s theme, which is set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority‘.
There are many factors that can influence our mental health which can have an impact on our lives, our families, the people we work with and the wider community. We need to do as much as possible to prevent mental ill-health and learning how to recognise the signs is important so that we can help those who are vulnerable.
All organisations have a duty to care for the welfare and wellbeing of adults with care and support needs, and to safeguard them from abuse. According to Mental Health charity Mind
“One in four of us will experience a mental health problem throughout our lives. Whether that’s you, your parent, sibling, best friend or co-worker.”
To help support today we have consolidated some of our resources available on our site:
- Safeguarding Your Mental Health at Work
- Share: Consent, Confidentiality and Information Sharing in Mental Healthcare and Suicide Prevention
- Improving Mental Health Talking Therapies for Autistic Adults and Young People.
- Safeguarding In Sport : A toolkit for supporting participants with their mental health.
You can also take a look at these additional resources:
- Mind – Mental health of people working in the emergency services, such as the police, fire, search and rescue and the ambulance service.
- Practical tips for self-care when working in safeguarding from the NCVO
- Your Mind Plan from The NHS – which asks you five questions about your mental health to provide you with bespoke advice.
- Mind’s guide to supporting staff with mental health challenges.
Help Support World Mental Health Day
Want to support World Mental Health Day? Mind have suggested that you can simply “do one thing.”
“Whether it’s going for a walk, learning a new skill or doing something creative,” they said, “taking the first steps to getting support for yourself, or reaching out to someone else; take the opportunity to do one thing this World Mental Health Day.”
If you are worried that you or a colleague need urgent support, make an emergency GP appointment or call 999. In addition you can get in touch with Mind here.
You can also call the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK and Republic of Ireland)
For more information about World Mental Health Day, including lots of resources to help you take part take a look at mentalhealth.org.uk.