World Mental Health Day 2018

What can we do to help those with Mental Health problems? 

When it comes to mental health, there are small things you can do to make a big difference.

Mental Health First AidIt is thought that 1 in  6 people in the UK will be affected at some point by a mental health problem.

If you know someone who is struggling with their mental wellbeing, it can be sometimes difficult to know what to do or how to help, therefore some people worry about saying or doing the wrong thing. However, it is important not to wait – giving them the support they need is crucial.

Some things to look out for in yourself and others

  • Being more anxious or irritable than normal
  • Disrupted sleep – sleeping too little or too much
  • Isolation – not socialising or going out and doing things they use to enjoy
  • Confused thinking or lack of concentration
  • Feeling extremely sad or low
  • Change in eating habits – either lack of appetite or increased hunger

Simple ways to help make a difference

  • Talk about it – talk to others about your mental wellbeing or let them talk to you about how they’re feeling
  • Experiment ways that help you to deal with pressure or stress during the working day
  • Keep an eye out for others – if someone seems to be behaving differently, talk to them and ask them how they are
  • Be a supportive friend – support and listen to those close to you
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of mental health illnesses

Mental illness is just as important as physical illness. Therefore, being supportive of someone’s mental wellbeing is essential to a person’s recovery.

Spotting Signs of Mental Health Issues

Take a look at some helpful tips which will help you to spot the signs of anxiety here.

Mental Health First Aid Course

This course is created to raise awareness of mental health around the workplace. It will provide you will the skills to support those struggling with their mental wellbeing. Find out more about the Mental Health First Aid course here.

To find out more on Mental Health First Aid, visit MHFA England here.

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