4 months ago | Words: Rebecca Durband | Photography: Liam Jones
In our first zine, with Arriva, we have uncovered the wellbeing habits of footballer Leighton Baines, indie band Blossoms and a host of young commuters. Peer-led wellbeing advice at its finest!
Commuting offers a final slice of motioned me time, bridging the gap between home and work.
You may read, listen or mindfully look out the window, eyes and ears wide open to the day’s endless possibility.
In the zine, we were able to convey the fact we all have mental health and from seventeen year old Jack’s football to nineteen year old Elan’s yoga – we all have different ways of staying well.
Look out for the zine on Arriva’s buses and in cultural venues across Liverpool.
11 months ago | Words: Jack Gough
A host of stars including Everton and England footballer Leighton Baines have been talking about mental health with The Mind Map.
Founded by Mental Health First Aid instructor Phil Bridges, The Mind Map normalises mental health through their online magazine content, exhibitions and events and helps young people navigate towards mental health services. They also provide workshops for young people and are working with John Moores University in Liverpool to research the mental health support currently available for UK students.
Bridges said: “I have spent the past year developing The Mind Map with clinical input from NHS Liverpool CCG and Mersey Care. Our in-conversation with Leighton Baines is typical of the work we deliver – working with popular artistic and sporting talent to further vital discussions around mental health.”
The Mind Map is also running a Crowdfunder to train teachers in Youth Mental Health First Aid.
12 months ago | Words: Jack Gough
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England has launched the ‘Address Your Stress’ toolkit. Downloadable for free here. practical set of resources is designed to help everyone identify signs and sources of stress, reflect on different coping strategies, and take steps to help reduce the impact too much stress can have. The ‘Address Your Stress’ toolkit is free for anyone to download from MHFA England’s official campaign page and includes stress-themed GIFs, shareable infographics on stress, sources of stress and self-care and an email banner to help people show support for the campaign.
As part of this resource, mental health advocate, Neil Laybourn, also shares his top-stress busting tips and explains the ‘Stress Container’ – a tool used on Mental Health First Aid courses to help people understand and manage stress. An interactive digital version of this tool will be released later this week to help people further understand the impact of different coping strategies on their stress levels.
Commenting on the launch of the ‘Address Your Stress’ toolkit, MHFA England Director, Caroline Hounsell, commented, “None of us are immune to stress but some people are more vulnerable to it than others. It’s how we recognise we may be experiencing too much stress and how we manage it through positive coping strategies that can help prevent it overwhelming us or contributing to mental ill health.”
“That’s why we have created the ‘Address Your Stress’ Toolkit to enable more people to recognise the sources of daily stress, spot the signs of overstress in themselves and others, develop helpful coping strategies and recognise when they may need to access more support.”
12 months ago | Words: Phil Bridges
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced it has committed to fund the delivery of 13 Mental Health First Aid instructor training courses to train 156 construction workers in Mental Health First Aid skills. From September 2019, these instructors will work train a minimum of 2,500 on-site staff as Mental Health First Aiders by 2020, with the aim of improving approaches to mental health across the industry.
The funding has been awarded to Building Mental Health – an industry initiative involving sector-leading firms including Lendlease, Mace, Multiplex, Morgan Sindall and Laing O’Rourke, via CITB’s Flexible Fund.
“The mental health and wellbeing of construction workers is one of the biggest issues our industry is currently facing,” said Head of Economic Analysis at CITB Geeta Nathan. “In 2016/17, the sector lost 400,000 working days due to stress, anxiety or depression – the equivalent of losing 1,600 full time workers each year. Given the stigma this subject faces, it’s so important that we lead the way in shaping a culture change.”
The training programme will benefit the British construction industry from micro sized firms to large employers, although this will be just the start; it is estimated that an additional 40,000 mental health first aiders are needed to provide an adequate level of cover for the whole industry.
Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at MHFA England, commented on the initiative, saying; “We have been working within the construction sector for some time now, with organisations including Lendlease, Crossrail, Skanska, Bowmer and Kirkland, and Mace all seeing the impact of Mental Health First Aid training programmes. We recognise that there’s a pressing need to increase mental health support in this industry and welcome CITB’s announcement, which represents the biggest commitment to tackling the issue in the construction industry to date. We now look forward to working with Building Mental Health to roll out this new instructor training programme.”
Find out more about Workplace MHFA training here.
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