Mental health problems can affect anyone at any time, and the coronavirus lockdown has been challenging for many of us. Let’s work together to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and make sure that anyone needing support knows where to find it.
Often there are triggers for people that lead to deteriorating mental health and behaviours. Some life events carry a higher risk of affecting someone’s mental health. However, it is important to remember that everyone is an individual and will respond differently to life events.
The key to spotting mental ill health lies in noticing changes in the person.
Like physical health, we can all benefit by looking after our mental health. There are five simple things you can do – the Five Ways.
When practised regularly, they boost resilience, boost wellbeing and offer some protection from developing mental health problems.
They’re beneficial for everyone, whether you have a mental health problem or not.
Mental health charity Mental Health Foundation chose kindness as their theme for 2020's Mental Health Awareness Week, something we have witnessed since the start of the global pandemic. Kindness strengthens relationships and is recognised across all cultures around the world.
Kindness is an antidote to isolation and helps reduce stress, bring fresh perspective and deepen relationships, and it helps to create a sense of belonging. The charity is encouraging people to be courageous and show kindness to support each other and harness the benefits for the giver and receiver.
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As well as taking care of your mental health as an education professional, you need to make sure you are protected against the unexpected with adequate insurance.
Our teachers and tutors policies can be tailored to your needs, including professional indemnity (PI), civil liability and public liability cover.
Jo Taylor is an respected insurance industry leader with over 15 years’ experience working with both education and the public sector. She is responsible for supporting her clients on all things insurance and risk related, and is also a mental health first aider qualified through Mental Health First Aid England.
Date: May 26, 2020
Category: Care and Medical