No one thinks twice about getting help when they break a bone, have a fever or are physically unwell, yet many people are reluctant to talk about mental health issues.
The term “mental health” covers a whole raft of different issues, including lack of sleep, anger, depression, stress, PTSD, panic attacks, eating problems and loneliness, to name but a few. The concerns we all face can be very personal, or they may relate to others and relationships both in or out of work. Whatever the situation, issue or cause, we need to take action as the impact from one area of a person’s life to another can be huge.
We’re delighted to see 2017 has started with so many people thinking about, discussing and raising awareness of mental health issues. IOSH, the government and the IOD are all talking about mental health, which can only be a good thing, especially as this Samaritans report shows suicide numbers are continuing to increase.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are also spearheading a wonderful initiative to get people talking about mental health. The Heads Together campaign discusses the issues many people face and ways to work through them. It shares people’s stories and successes, and promotes the links between fitness, activity and good mental health.
“I really love this campaign,” says Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “I’ve been following all they have been sharing since it was first launched last year. While there are far more behind the initiative than just the three young royals, having them spearhead the campaign has certainly raised the profile of the conversation and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
“I’m also delighted to hear about a brand new charitable programme that aims to improve and promote positive mental health in construction. The initiative, called Mates in Mind, only launched yesterday (Thursday 26th January) so we’re looking forward to hearing more about it soon.
“Mental health is often an issue that most people don’t mention and shy away from.” Explains Bridget. “I know from personal experience how suffering from depression and loneliness can have a negative impact on life. While I might not be sure what the cause was, I certainly know I live in a far happier world now than I used to.
“I love the video on this MIND page. It shows how little things can make such a difference to your mental health and celebrating them really counts. I get so much happiness from walking in the fresh air at sunrise on a cold day. It makes me smile and gives me a boost that lasts long after I get home. The picture I’ve used in this blog post is one I took on one of my walks a couple of days ago.
“We encourage you all to look out for those around you, as well as yourself. Don’t be scared to have the conversation so we can all enjoy a future that’s healthy, safe and happy too.”
If you’d like to talk to us about creating an environment that’s mentally and physically healthy and safe, contact us today on +44 (0)1933 201103 or via our contact page. We’re always here to help.
MIND, the mental health charity, has an amazing a-z resource on their website with advice and support on a whole range of topics.