World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day: A day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Thousands of supporters and charities celebrate this annual awareness day. It brings attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ lives. The message mental health charities such as Mind want to put across is that it is Ok, to not be Ok.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, how we relate to others, and how we make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through to adulthood.

At Care Wyvern, we understand that Mental Health is just as important as physical health. So, as part of our on-going commitment to our colleagues’ well-being, we are appointing our first Mental Health First Aider.

Next month, Kayleigh Redgate our Recruitment & Communications Co-ordinator will start her training with Mental Health First Aid England, in order to support our staff with any issues they may experience, be that in the workplace or at home. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a ‘first aid’ basis. In the same way as learning and administering physical first aid. MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support. Studies have shown that having a Mental Health First Aider within any work place or community, also encourages people to talk more freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive culture.

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