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.
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!
Taking time out is good for your mental health. Hoping that you get some quality downtime over the Bank Holiday weekend…
Homebase HR and Health & Safety staff from across the UK converged on their head office in Milton Keynes this week to complete the two-day adult Mental Health First Aid course. It was a pleasure to teach such an open, engaged, and fun team of people, who were a credit to their organisation.
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.
A busy week for Dr A.J. Yates. Great to have such positive feedback for his talk on mental health at the National NHS Complaint Managers Forum – and brilliant to hear a real desire to support the mental health of staff at both Bedford Hospital and CMK Medical Centre.
AJ was also proud to be a guest of Milton Keynes Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) at the 2019 Milton Keynes Business Achievement Awards. We didn’t win our category, but was great to be recognised and nominated for providing the best training scheme. Huge congratulations to Jo and everyone at Hazard Alley for their dedication and hard work – and for adding Mental Health First Aid to their list of available courses.
There is no one size fits all when it comes to mental health, but looking beyond pills to help individuals obtain a more sustainable recovery seems like a good idea. Incidentally, Dr A.J. Yates is proud to be talking at the National NHS Complaint Managers Forum spring conference today on the mental health of staff.