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.
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
Ask “are you having suicidal thoughts?”
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.
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:
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;
|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/|
|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/|
|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|