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World Mental Health Day 10th October 2022

Sam talks about World Mental Health Day 2022.

 

There are a variety of interesting concepts around the globe when it comes to methods used to enhance our collective wellbeing. Whether it be yoga, Tai chi or even just a good walk. I truly believe there is something out there for everyone. October 10th is World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is ‘making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.’

At Enrych, we have been active in enhancing our own understanding of mental health conditions. Earlier this year, I spoke to a number of our office staff who had recently trained in Mental Health First Aid . The comments about the course were all extremely positive, and a good knowledge was demonstrated which is always a good sign that the learning was engaging for everyone involved.


Not only does it help our team in the office to understand one another on a more personal level, but crucially it helps us to understand the needs of our clients too. It also hugely benefits our support workers to know how best to deliver that support to our clients or access that external help as and when they need to. Mental health impacts all of us in some way, particularly now, whether it is just ‘having a bad day’ and finding it difficult to overcome that feeling, to more complex and enduring poor mental health. Furthermore, there is so much that can be done to prevent more serious impact on mental health, through wellbeing initiatives, staying active, eating well and generally engaging with our communities.

We can only improve as a collective overall by tackling these issues at the root of when and where they occur and focusing on preventative initiatives. This is why at Enrych, we do everything we can to understand what the needs of the community are and then deliver these. We have seen a larger uptake in our events as time has gone by, and this is also a huge thanks to networking events being held locally where we were able to speak with likeminded organisations who could help us deliver for the people we serve. Whether it be singing cafes, choirs, sports groups, health and safety courses- we are also listening and open to ideas.


Another important component in the battle to improve collective mental health is by working in an inclusive environment with opportunities to develop your career further. At Enrych, our office team have all engaged in courses as well as undertaken a Belbin Team Roles assessment to understand more about our own personal working styles. This has helped us all to recognise any gaps where we feel we could individually add something as well as find the people within the team who we could collaborate more with. I always stand by the age old motto of “teamwork makes the dream work.” It’s so true though! You could have one person who could identify where there is a gap in mental health support and another person who is ready with a multitude of solutions in order to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the local community.


One of the most critical things when it comes to mental health, is to understand each individual, rather than generalising and coming to conclusions which may not be true. One of the values we have at Enrych, and that I would say should be extended to the wider world, is a person-centred approach. These days, with waiting lists becoming longer and longer, particularly for mental health support, the importance of being alert to wellbeing has never been greater. If you would like to be a part of the effort to enhance the collective wellbeing, then join us in continuing on all fronts to improve health and wellbeing.




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