Bring Your Dog to Work

It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day!  We’re big fans of our four-legged friends at AJMH LIMITED, not least because research has shown that stroking a dog can lower your blood pressure and reduce the production of stress hormones, they encourage positive behaviours such as getting some gentle exercise and being out in nature, and dogs are the epitome of non-judgmental listening (i.e. they never say the wrong thing!)  The Mental Health First Aid courses teach that there are lots of ways to reduce stress in the workplace, but however you choose to do it, have a good day…

It’s Bike Week 2019!

Exercise and being out in nature are both good for your physical AND your mental health. This week is Cycling UK Bike Week and a great opportunity (despite the Great British “summer” weather) to get out and about. We’re currently coveting this lovely example – image courtesy of Oxford Bike Works.

Free Half-Hour Introductions to Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Dr A.J. Yates is now providing free sessions to businesses who are at the start of their journey to support the mental health of their employees, and who would like to know more about the sorts of things that they can do. AJ has run two in-company sessions this week – thank you to those who have made him feel so welcome, and who are looking to better support the wellbeing of their staff. Image courtesy of MHFA England.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

This week saw a large number of events, programmes and articles designed to raise awareness of mental health and mental health issues. There were some that are worth making the effort to check out if you missed them, including a Louis Theroux documentary Mothers on the Edge which looked at the issue of mental health problems around the time of childbirth, and local favourite Nadiya Hussain talking about her experience of living with anxiety in Nadiya: Anxiety and Me. Both are currently available on the BBC iPlayer. The Guardian also ran a supplement to help raise awareness, available to view here.

New Qualification for Dr Yates

Dr A.J. Yates is now a Youth Mental Health First Aider having successfully completed an upskill to teach the two-day Youth Mental Health First Aid course. Once he has completed his portfolio, we will add dates for the Youth course – watch this space!

Stress Awareness Month 2019

According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. To find out more about stress and how to cope, sign up to one of our courses – details are on our Courses page. Image courtesy of MHFA England.