World Mental Health Day 2023

World Mental Health Day 2023

Today is World Mental Health Day.

Unfortunately in our role, we see far too often the effect that mental illness can have on people’s lives. Our work can have an impact on our team members as well, and we’re fortunate to have a dedicated Welfare Officer and other colleagues to talk to.

We always debrief after a call-out, giving everyone the chance to talk as a group and individually if needed.

Talking is good for your mental health. And talking about mental health is important. But starting a conversation isn’t always easy. Whether you’d like to talk to someone about how you’re feeling, or check-in with someone you care about, here are some tips that can help:

1️⃣ Choose someone you trust to talk to

This might be a friend, family member or a colleague. Or you might be more comfortable talking to someone you don’t know, for example, through a support helpline.

2️⃣ Think about the best place to talk

It’s important to choose a place where you feel comfortable enough to open-up.

3️⃣ Prepare yourself for their reaction

Hopefully, you will have a good experience when you open-up to someone. But there’s a chance that they may not react in the way you hope. This may be for different reasons, like they may be worried or not fully understand at first. If that’s the case, try to give them time to process what you’ve told them. It might help to give them information to read to help them understand.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health, you are not alone, and there are places you can go to get help (via Mental Health Foundation) – https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/explore-mental…/get-help