14th May 2018 marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. Originally conceived by the Mental Health Foundation, the ambition of the week is to bring individuals, charities and organisations together to raise awareness, and help identify and tackle some of the root causes of mental ill-health. This year, the focus of the week will be stress.
Why is it important to manage stress?
Leading a stressful life has been proven to increase a person’s risk of developing other forms of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, and can often be a seed from which more severe mental health conditions can manifest.
Furthermore, stress can contribute to deterioration in physical health. Stress increases the risk of strokes, and has been linked with heart disease and even obesity.
From such a wealth of research, it is apparent that acute or prolonged stress can be detrimental to an individual’s mental health. Moreover, the impact that widespread stress and mental ill-health can have on business and productivity is staggering – but often goes unreported. In an effort to raise awareness of this issue, Mind CEO Paul Farmer – alongside former HBOS chairman, Dennis Stevenson – embarked on an independent review, hoping to change the ways employers think and act around mental wellbeing in the workplace. Amongst their findings, they concluded that the annual cost of poor mental health to UK employers was between £33bn to £42bn a year.
How we can help:
There is no quick fix for improving mental health; it requires sustained momentum and access to resources that not only help treat the effects of mental health, but enable people to successfully manage their day-to-day mental wellbeing. At Mind in Salford, we offer resources that will aid your understanding of mental health, and help you to lay the foundations of mental wellbeing. What we offer:
Mental Health Awareness Training:
Our mental health awareness training takes participants through mental health definitions, the needs of people with mental health issues and how to respond, myth busting and tackling stigma around mental ill health, plus how to look after our own mental health and wellbeing.
Advocacy and Rights Training:
The course is of particular interest to, those who come into contact with people with mental health conditions as part of their work; for the family or friends of people experiencing mental health conditions who would benefit from information and guidance; and for anyone with an interest in learning more about this subject.
To find when our next available training days are, click here.
Access to Information:
Improving starts with educating, so by making resources accessible you can begin to improve understanding of your own mental health and encourage others to learn and talk about it too. Mind’s national site is filled with free resources for both workplaces and individuals that are available to download, print and distribute far and wide!
You can downlod Mind’s ‘How to Manage Stress’ pack here.
Community and Corporate Fundraising Support
Organizing fundraising events is a poignant way to raise awareness at work or in your community. Our experienced staff can give you some advice on setting up and promoting your event, as well as talking you through other fundraising options such as ‘Charity of the Year’ and match funding opportunities. For an overview of fundraising for Mind in Salford, take a look at our fundraising pack.
Workplace Mindfulness Sessions
In order to help organisations promote and support the wellbeing of their workforce, we offer either one hour mindfulness taster sessions, or half day mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) sessions.
We have all had stressful experiences at some point in our lives, which is why it should be commonplace to talk about it in wider society. Without more awareness surrounding stress and mental health in general, individuals will continue to suffer and organisations will continue to feel the ramifications.
We want Salford to be a mentally healthy place to live, learn and work, so if you think our services would benefit you, don’t hesitate to contact us.