Today sees the start of Mental Health Awareness Week – the theme this year being kindness. The current restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have really helped to focus thoughts onto the importance of maintaining good mental health in the workplace – and beyond. There has never been a better time to be kind to yourself There are great resources to help in this area on the Mental Health Foundation website – and you’re welcome to get in contact if you have any questions around the subject. Image courtesy of the Mental Health Foundation.
Whilst there are changes to the government guidelines from today, continued social distancing measures mean that it is not safe to resume training at present. Whilst we are looking into the possibility of delivering courses online, Mental Health First Aid and (in particular) physical first aid are skills that need to be practised – it is difficult to replicate the experience of a physical course online. However, the safety of delegates, staff, and those they come into contact with is paramount – rest assured that courses will not resume until reasonable adjustments (the “new normal” – whatever that might be) can effectively be put into place.
In line with the government guidelines, we are sorry to announce that all upcoming AJMH Limited courses have been postponed/re-scheduled to the autumn. All delegates have been contacted and offered a free transfer to a new date or given a full refund. Please find more details on our COVID-19 update, and please follow the guidelines – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
AJ, the founder and lead trainer of AJMH Limited doesn’t only teach Mental Health First Aid! He also teaches physical first aid courses on behalf of local charity Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) Limited. Yesterday saw him teach Schools First Aid to an enthusiastic bunch of learners at Green Park School in Newport Pagnell!
It was great to have the opportunity to run another half-day Mental Health Awareness course at YourCash UK & Ireland in Milton Keynes yesterday. Brilliant to spend time with a really engaged and chatty group! Thanks to everyone at Your Cash for making me feel so welcome.
Dr AJ ran a two-day Mental Health First Aid course at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre in Milton Keynes at the start of the week. The group were really engaged, and a credit to their companies – Nuffield Health, WSA, Accurate Flat Roofing Ltd, Dentons, 3 Line Electrical Wholesale, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and KeeResources Ltd.
Dr AJ has spent the weekend at this event held by Confer at NCVO alongside the lovely Regent’s Canal in London. It was a great opportunity to network with a fascinating group of people, whilst a range of inspirational speakers have given him plenty of ideas on improving practice to feedback to his students!
Great to support Worktree this evening with their quiz night to help raise awareness and funding. Spending time and having fun with friends was also good for boosting the mental health, whilst coming joint first in the quiz was just the cherry on the cake! Image courtesy of Worktree.
Today is Time to Change‘s Time to Talk Day, which is designed to encourage people to talk about mental health and help change lives. In reality, people should be able to find time to talk about mental health and mental health issues every day, but not everyone has the confidence to do so. Mental Health First Aid training imparts the skills and knowledge to make having those conversations easier. Click on the link to find out more about the different Courses on offer. Image courtesy of Time to Change.
Dr A.J. Yates recorded a radio interview today – on the topic of having conversations around mental health – ahead of Time to Change‘s Time to Talk day on the 6th February. The conversation with Lia Christodoulou from MKFM and Jon Manning from Arthur Ellis Mental Health Support will be broadcast on MKFM on Sunday 2nd February at 7:00 pm. Image courtesy of Lia Christodoulou.