World Mental Health Day 201910-Oct-2019

Today is World Mental Health Day and here at Advanced Maintenance UK Ltd, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our employees and their families.

 

The focus for World Mental Health Day 2019 is Suicide prevention and The Mental Health Foundation has issued Suicide prevention: WAIT to help people know what to do when presented with someone who you suspect may be thinking about Suicide.

Suicide prevention: WAIT

Prevention is something that we can all individually help with. A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make the difference between life and death for them.

The advice ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for:

Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic behaviour

  • e.g. social withdrawal, excessive quietness, irritability, uncharacteristic outburst, talking about death or suicide

Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”

  • Asking about suicide does not encourage it, nor does it lead a person to start thinking about it; in fact, it may help prevent it, and can start a potentially life-saving conversation

It will pass – assure your loved one that, with help, their suicidal feelings will pass with time

Talk to others – encourage your loved one to seek help from a GP or health professional

The above image can be downloaded for free on The Mental Health Foundation website by Clicking Here.

Seek help for yourself

If you yourself are feeling like ending your life, please call 999 or go to A&E and ask for the contact of the nearest crisis resolution team. These are teams of mental health care professionals who work with people in severe distress.

Other sources of help include:

  • Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123. You can also email jo@samaritans.org
  • Papyrus is a dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, text 07786 209697 or email pat@papyrus-uk.org
  • NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.
  • C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.
  • Support After Suicide Partnership offers practical and emotional support on their website for people bereaved and affected by suicide.

 

Mental Health and Advanced Maintenance UK Ltd

Having passed her Mental Health Awareness course earlier this year, Kellie Pickett has been working with all employees providing Tool Box Talks and giving the team a chance to find out more about mental health and the resources available to them.

Kellie has provided all attendees with a list of resources that she has found has been greatly useful to her when she has been researching the talk, all of which she has kindly provided below for anyone interested;

Resource Website
Building Mental Health https://www.buildingmentalhealth.net/
Construction Industry Helpline App Android   https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coins_global.buildingbuddy&hl=en_GB
Construction Industry Helpline App iPhone https://apps.apple.com/us/app/construction-industry-helpline/id1441007687?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England https://mhfaengland.org/
Mental Health at Work https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/resource/
Mindfulness Apps https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/phones-accessories/best-mindfulness-apps-a8217931.html
Project ; https://projectsemicolon.com/about-project-semicolon/
Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/
Sleepio https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/sleepio/
Ted Talks Mental Health https://www.elisplace.org/news/10-powerful-ted-talks-about-mental-health/
Theale Wellbeing Centre - Mindfulness https://www.thealewellbeingcentre.co.uk/our-therapies/mindfulness-meditation/
 
Videos Website
Mace - Starting the Conversation https://youtu.be/7h6cFR2weZ8
Mind - Ideas for Relaxation https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/relaxation/#.XUAppfJKhhE
MHFA - Stress Container https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bapSzuyeQ_Y
Samaritans - Small Talk Save Lives Sarah     https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/news/small-talk-saves-lives-says-samaritans/
Samaritans - Small Talk Save Lives 2019 https://www.samaritans.org/scotland/support-us/campaign/small-talk-saves-lives/
Ted Talk - Nikki Webber Allen https://www.ted.com/speakers/nikki_webber_allen

 

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