On Thursday 4th February, the nation unites to start a conversation and raise awareness for Mental Health.
Too often, mental health problems are treated as a taboo subject, something not to be talked about, especially in the workplace. However, mental health affects us all and we should be able to feel able to talk about it.
The more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers can be broken, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.
Our commitment to all of our employees is to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, preventing work associated ill health for all. This includes a commitment to change how we all think and act about mental health at every level within DHU Health Care.
One in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem and 9 in 10 say they have faced negative treatment from others as a result. By choosing to be open about mental health, we are all part of a movement that’s changing the conversation about mental health and ensuring that no one is made to feel isolated or alone.
This Time to Talk Day, why not join us in conversation about Mental Health and if you need support, remember you can contact the following;
- Samaritans – a confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that can lead to suicide.
- Telephone – 116 123 (24 hours a day, free to call)
- Email – email@example.com
- Mind Infoline – provides information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy.
- Telephone – 0300 123 3393 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday)
- Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text – 86463
- Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line – provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them.
- Telephone – 0300 5000 927 (9.30am – 4pm, Monday to Friday)
- Email – email@example.com
- SANEline – a national out-of-hours helpline offering emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by a mental health problem, including family, friends and carers.
- Telephone – 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm -10.30pm, everyday)
By Sonia Gale – Health, Wellbeing and Diversity Coordinator DHU Health Care