As health and safeguarding specialists, we are committed to bringing awareness to mental health and passionate about doing what we can to end the stigma. As it's World Mental Health Day on October 10th, we have collated some resources with the theme of mental health, especially with regards to the ongoing pandemic and continued working from home. We hope you find these useful and please do leave a comment or use the contact forms to inform us of resources we can share.
Mental Health Foundation - Supporting Mental Health in the Pandemic
The Mental Health Foundation is reflective of the national mental health response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Their website has compiled an extensive list of resources to support your mental wellbeing during the outbreak. Whatever your current circumstances may be, there is support, guidance and advice for everyone; there are tips for those working from home or studying at University, and advice for parents navigating how to speak to their children about the pandemic and those who have experienced change or profound loss over the past 6 months. Take a look at www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus
NHS Every Mind Matters - Tips for working from home
We’re already a long way into the working from home situation, but establishing a good routine and checking in on your environment and its impact on your state of mind is equally as important now as it was 6 months ago. At the beginning of working from home, NHS Every Mind Matters published 7 tips for setting yourself up for a new way of working. Now it seems some are continuing to work from home for the foreseeable future, and others are introducing a combination of home and office, like us, but it's still as important as ever to be set up happy and comfortable. Read the useful tips at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/7-simple-tips-to-tackle-working-from-home/
Zero Suicide Alliance - Suicide awareness training course
At the beginning of this year, we became members of the Zero Suicide Alliance in order to be within a community of organisations, individuals and charities that are working towards a zero suicide ambition and providing services for suicide prevention. We are great advocates for the work ZSA do, and not too long ago we were pleased to see they had made national news due to their free, online suicide awareness training course. In May, they reached an incredible 1 million people who had completed the training and, as BBC and The Guardian (to name a few) reported, 500,000 had done so just in the first few weeks of lockdown – seeing the current climate as a catalyst to deciding how they, as an individual, could make a difference. The number of people who have completed the training continues to grow and grow since the 1 million mark was reached in May.
The suicide awareness training course, which is accessible online for free, can equip you with the knowledge on how to better spot the signs of someone who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, and can prepare you on how to start a conversation that could save a life. If you’d like to take this training, please go to www.zerosuicidealliance.com/training. The QES team have completed this training, and we'd all highly recommend it to you.
We hope you find these resources helpful, and please do share with friends, family and loved ones who you think may benefit from support and advice.