If you are a regular reader of our blogspot and social media channels you will have picked up on the fact that we are passionate about sharing the importance of looking after your own mental health and encouraging others to speak about their own mental health issues.
Brew Monday kicks off on Monday 18th January, the third Monday of the month which is usually known as ‘Blue Monday’. We will be helping to flip ‘Blue Monday on it’s head and turning it into something positive by taking part in a Team Cuppa/Coffee morning. We are encouraging everyone to reach out and catch up over a virtual cuppa because now more than ever, it’s so important to stay connected.
Ian Lockyer (Community Safety Adviser) together with Stuart Cattell (Margate Lifeboat Crew Member and RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor) attended a safeTALK workshop on the 11th of June at ‘The Corner’, Ramsgate. The workshop which was led by Sally Ward (Family Intervention Programme Manager) from the Salus Group who provided ‘suicide alertness’ training and taught all those who attended to recognise persons with thoughts of suicide and to connect them to suicide intervention resources.
Ian said, ‘the training was well delivered and very thought-provoking. The course gave each attendee the practical techniques to intervene and hopefully provide those who need it the support they require and the practical skills to keep them safe.
Mental health issues are now a fact of life throughout every community, workplace, neighbourhood or family. You will unfortunately, know of someone who has suffered or is currently suffering from a mental health issue. In years gone by, if someone was having a bad day or going through a bad patch, the age old saying was quite probably “man up” or “sort yourself out”. Thankfully, we are seeing a changing culture, whereby it is now more acceptable to have a ‘bad day’ or that you are ‘going through a bad patch’. It’s ok not to be ok!
Cuppa & Chat?
The Samaritans recently ran an excellent campaign entitled ‘Brew Monday’ encourgaing poeple to talk over a cuppa. Thankfully, we are now seeing more and more employers are investing time and resources in looking after their employees mental health. Great work is currently being undertaken by the charity Mind, working in collaboration with SAR and Emergency Services has to be appaulded.
I recently refreshed a small volunteer group in my local community. This brings together a small number of dog walkers using a social media platform, who during their daily dog walks, have increased their awareness of anyone they felt was having a bad day close to the coastline or anyone out at sea was looking to be in trouble. It is not about being a ‘nosey parker’, but to ask one simple question ‘are you ok’ if they see someone out and about who didn’t seem ok. Our local press recently carried a news item highlighting the very tragic case of lady who travelled down from London, who took her own life in the sea. Dog walkers are out at all times of the day and in all weathers and can spot someone who may need help from the emergency services. The Coastguard, RNLI and other emergency services would rather be called out and it’s a false alarm, than not at all and someone is indeed in difficulty.
I’ve included my top 10 links at the bottom of this blog that are all designed to provide help around mental health issues. Take the time, have a cuppa and a natter. “It’s good to talk”.
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