A Rallying Call to All Mental Health First Aid Instructors

A Rallying Call to All Mental Health First Aid Instructors

This article has come about from a unique set of circumstances and one that was surely meant to be.

I had waited almost a year to get on my instructor training due to the lockdown. Finally, I did my training. I really enjoyed the course and I was intrigued with the new Anti-Racist training content we were taught. I was excited to finally be a part of MHFA England.

 As a new excited instructor, in-between my 2 co-deliveries and looking forward to being signed off, a process I am sure we can all remember and relate to. I decided to register myself on my first webinar, one on Race Equity for instructors from Black Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds.  

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The Future Of Work

Brexit, Politics and the Mood of the Nation 

What is the future of work?

This is one of the most important questions both organisations and employees can ask right now. There is no doubt that the world of work has completely changed, it will keep evolving while we figure out what the new normal is.

 This could lead to great things!

Mental health and wellbeing, that is all we ever hear about nowadays.

Perhaps it’s about time too, this is a conversation we have swept under the rug or tried to avoid in both in personal and professional environments. 

As a society, we seem to have put in place reactive practices to deal with our mental health and wellbeing, while doing the opposite for physical health. The consequences of that now are not just in your face, but far reaching into all levels of society. 

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The Benefits of Mental Health First Aid Training

Benefits in Everyday Life

In the UK, one in four adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. 50% of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and two thirds by the age of 24.

This confirms that family and the home environment plays a huge role in the development of mental health issues. This also tells us that families and young people, are the most important parts of society we need to address mental health and wellbeing with.

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The Importance of the Workplace 2021 The New Year Resolution For Everyone

Brexit is done, the vaccine is here!

1st January 2021 is a very special day for the UK.

We have officially left the EU after being a member since 1st January 1973. For the majority of people at working age and the nation as a whole, we are now presented with a new playing field to build an independent economy upon.

No one can predict where we will be in 5yrs or 10yrs time.What we will know in a decades time is, if it was the right or wrong decision to leave the EU.Only time will tell, any other form of prediction on the economy is just guess work, as reliable as Mystic Meg and her crystal ball.

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Smile Britannia

So it seems that we maybe be heading for another lockdown, what you feel about this is shared by millions more people.

Understand you’re not alone and we have all been here before and made it out, and we will do it again. We are more stronger and more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.

Recognise that fact, stand up and stay calm and carry on. The British way!

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Sick Of Seeing Sad, by Mackenzie Jerks

Any chance my eyes get to glance I see sadness despite the gazes’ direction.

All this parasitic pain poisoning the world and all anybody wants is genuine love and affection.

Sadness evolves to anger swiftly; that’s energy evolving with hateful misdirection and a smile corresponding with mental clarity is a common misconception. 

Guilt infects my mind if my mental health gets better. I stand solo in a slice of serenity, while my neighbour’s smothered in dark and rainy weather.

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The BAME Community and Mental Health

The BAME Community and Mental Health!

Are you aware that the BAME community in the UK are the most likely to develop mental health issues and are the least likely to seek mainstream help?

If you are from the BAME community this should strike a chord with you, as member of the BAME community it certainly does for me.

It triggers the toxic cultural perception of mental health which has been around for generations and is well and truly imbedded in our culture. I feel like I can say this on behalf of all BAME communities in the UK.

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Mental Health First Aid- How to Implement it Within Your Organisation & How to Get the Boss Involved!

Mental Health First Aid- How to Implement it Within Your Organisation & How to Get the Boss Involved!

Whether you represent an organisation consisting of a handful of people or thousands, it is important to have wellbeing policies in place. A lot of the time, especially in small organisations of 1-5 people, these polices may not be written on paper, but there will be activities staff will do together that have the same effect.

In small organisations especially those with a good chemistry, staff will meet up after work, perhaps go for a quick drink and talk about what’s going on at work and in their personal life with their colleagues.

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An MHFA point of view on PTSD – Could we all be affected at a low level?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Generally the first thing when these 4 letters are mentioned we think of war, combat and war veterans. Of course one of the most common causes of PTSD is combat and we hear about its affect on soldiers all the time on the news.

War’s however are fought on many fronts, every day we all battle with our struggles both big and small. The battle for your mental health is a psychological one . We win some of those battles and we lose some of those battles, day in day out.

The ultimate goal however is to win the war and this will take its toll one everyone one of us!

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Another Routine Anxiety Attack

Poem by our amazing resident blogger Mackenzie Jerks.

Dragging my feet all the way to my bed. I know I need sleep but I’d rather be busy instead. I close my eyes and my vision is red. My body knows what’s coming as my stomach fills with dread. 

Although I never intend for it to be this way, this night will be like all the others. I’ll wish I could vanish as I immerse myself under covers. Even if I keep every light switched on, the shadows of darkness always hover.

Even if I try to hide, I know I’ll always be discovered. Even when I know it’s coming, nothing can serve as a suitable buffer. 

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