To better understand Mental Health as a subject and that of an individual, you really should have an understanding of your own mental health, how you manage your own stress levels or what is known as ‘Stressors’, identifying who you are and why you have the thoughts, values and belief systems that you do? This isn’t about being all ‘Pink and Fluffy’ or having to believe in anything ‘Intangible’, it is about knowing yourself, your limits, your strengths and weaknesses, you will only be truly successful and achieve those goals you set, by knowing this.
By not understanding ourselves, our stressors and Mental Health in general, those who do suffer from poor Mental Health can easily find themselves being later diagnosed with a Mental Illness, such as Stress, Depression or an Anxiety Disorder. Though it must not be forgotten that ANY of us can be struck by a Mental Illness, should we not accept responsibility of our own Wellbeing thinking of: Self-awareness, Self-care and Self-help and take ownership of the fact that by ignoring this, you are taking a risk on your life and that of those around you,
What stressors do you have that you are struggling to manage on a daily basis, not including should anything else happen, be that at work or home? As many of us will not be aware of it currently, watch the video and download the Stress Bucket pdf exercise, to help you better understand your own stressors, what coping strategies you can use and how you can work through any stressors identified.
The Stress Bucket
Signs and Symptoms
Mental ill-health impacts many of our lives, often without us even realising it, simply due to being unaware or having the knowledge required to identify signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms are typically listed under one of the five areas below, I have not listed all the individual, specific types as it would be huge and would not be very interesting by themselves, so you can download an example of the key ones here (Click here to download PDF) and here are the five areas.
Employees who are struggling with their mental health may seem irritable, sensitive to criticism, demonstrate an uncharacteristic loss of confidence or seem to lose their sense of humour.
An employee may make more mistakes than usual, have problems making decisions, or not be able to concentrate. Look out for any sudden and unexplained drop in performance at work.
This could include things like arriving late, not taking lunch breaks, taking unofficial time off, not joining in office banter, or not hitting deadlines, becoming more introvert or extroverted, generally acting out of character.
Employees who are stressed sometimes exhibit physical symptoms such as a constant cold, being tired at work, looking like they haven’t made an effort with their appearance, or rapid weight loss or gain.
At a business level, look out for increased absence or staff turnover. Have you noticed employees working longer hours or a general drop in motivation or productivity levels?
Signposting and Support
It is essential that you are aware of where you can signpost someone to when someone speaks to you and maybe is asking for some help or even for yourself. As before you can be there for others, you need to be aware of how to look after yourself in the first instance, which includes where you can turn to for help and what the options are. Your ability to empathise and relate, to someone who has come to you for help, is dependent on whether you talk the talk AND walk the walk! Knowing what they might be going through, will be made simpler by going through your own journey.
The following are your typical options for signposting, though it is highly recommended for you to do a little research around your local area and look on Fakebook for support groups. A warning on social media groups though, there are somewhere people simply go to moan about life and are VERY negative, but, there are some really well-organised groups too with admins who are also there to offer support and a listening ear. However, for now, check out the following;
Self-Referral to NHS services – Psychiatrist
Recognised Therapies - EMDR
CBT Based Therapies
Other Professional services – Mental Health Crisis Team
As I mentioned earlier, self-management is key to reducing the likelihood of you succumbing to mental ill health and the possibility of being diagnosed with a mental illness, though even IF this was to happen, PLEASE believe me when I say that this is NOT the end of your life or the possibility of you living a long and happy life! There are many many people who manage a whole range of mental illnesses, including Psychosis, yet they have accepted, adapted and learned how to live with their symptoms, take myself as a fine example of this.
Feel free to download the resources we have compiled for you below, they are all free, all we ask is that you agree to providing your email address, so that we can keep you updated with our six weekly newsletters which will include things like new educational animated videos, updates, additional resources and discounts for our online training courses as they go live. No sales, No inundated emails(I do them myself, so trust me you won’t get more than one every six weeks lol) and no other sly actions by me, just us helping each other.
This website is a platform which celebrates and promotes Mental Health in all of its forms. A place where you can be Inspired, Educated and where you will leave feeling Empowered, with an aim of you better managing your own Mental Wellbeing.