Mental Health through the Lifespan

Brilliant conference attended by Dr AJ Yates today. Mental Health through the Lifespan, hosted by the University of Surrey, saw speakers from a wide range of backgrounds giving their views on the latest findings on different aspects of mental health from childbirth through to old age. It was wonderful to hear from such a variety of people – including service users describing their lived experience of mental health and recovery. To see the full programme, click here.

Mental Health First Aid Annual Refresher Courses Announced

MHFA England have released details of their new MHFA Annual Refresher course., stating that ” We recommend that Mental Health First Aiders and MHFA Champions attend a Refresher course each year. Just like physical first aid, updating skills and knowledge allows people to perform this vital role confidently and safely.” More information is available on the MHFA England website.

AJMH LIMITED will be running Adult MHFA Refresher Courses from 2020. For more details, please visit our Courses.

International Dog Day 2019

We’re a fan of our four-legged friends at AJMH LIMITED and appreciate the valuable role that they can play in supporting some people’s mental health. Good companionship, the encouragement to get out in nature and have a bit of exercise, a great example of unconditional love, and the epitome of non-judgemental listening! Whilst there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to mental health, dogs tick so many boxes that they deserve a bit of love and respect…

New Prime Minister Announced

Love him or hate him, Boris Johnson is about to be sworn in as the UK’s new Prime Minister. An interesting article has been published in Happiful magazine to help make sense of what the appointment might mean for mental health, available to read here. If you haven’t yet signed up to the Where’s Your Head At? campaign to support mental health in the workplace, please follow the link to find out more. Image courtesy of Where’s Your Head At?

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.