World Mental Health Day is recognised all over the world on 10 October each year. The theme for this year, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is: Mental Health For All. Greater Investment- Greater Access. Everyone, Everywhere.
During these difficult and uncertain times, support for Mental Health has never been more important. At Catholic Care we have recognised this and have put extra support in for our staff who are working every day caring for and supporting those in our society who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised. Being kind and taking time for ourselves, while reaching out to others and creating human connections, feels more poignant than ever.
At Catholic Care we are a Mindful Employer and as such we engage with our employees and increase their awareness of mental health and we educate, helping employees to understand their role, building confidence and reducing stigma. Many of our employees took part in our COVID-19 Pandemic Feedback exercise in September and their candid replies were listened to and have assisted us greatly in improving our support and communication.
For the past year we have invested in a team of Mental Health First Aiders.
They can help by:
• Being able to recognise the early signs and symptoms of general mental health issues;
• Having the necessary skills to have a supportive, non-judgemental conversation with those who need it;
• Possessing the knowledge and confidence to guide colleagues to the appropriate professional support if required.
Also included in our mental health tool box is a confidential counselling service with immediate access.
We also make regularly available a range of local support networks including Leeds Mind Peer Support, Mindwell. Mindmate and the Well-Bean Hope in Crisis Café to name but a few as we are the first to recognise that one size does not fit all.