Mental Health Series – Give
Balance is important for maintaining mental wellbeing, to achieve this you need to find a compromise between give and take.
If you’ve ever worked long, hard hours you’ll understand why balance is key. After pushing yourself so hard you need to rest so that you don’t experience the negative side effects of stress or burnout.
Giving isn’t about always being there for other people, it is also about you and making time for self-care. This could be as simple as spending time with friends and family or visiting your favourite place.
Ways that you can give support to others include:
- Offering advice
- Being a distraction when they need to distance themselves from what’s happening in their life
- Pointing them in the direction of more specialist support such as a helpline or mental health charity
Our schools have been looking for ways they can give support to their community and John Wheeldon Primary School in Stafford have been awarded a grant of £1,000 from Tesco to be used towards a happiness project.
This will help the school access a trained counsellor to work with pupils, parents and staff who have struggled throughout lockdown and who are finding it difficult to adapt now that restrictions are being lifted.
We’re very grateful for this generous opportunity from Tesco.
If you’re looking for ways that you can support those around you, share the below details so that people can reach specialist mental health hotlines for advice.
Remember, it’s okay not to be okay, there’s always someone at the end of the phone at:
CALM – 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight) or webchat at www.thecalmzone.net
Mind – 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) – www.mind.org.uk
Samaritans – 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) – www.samaritans.org.uk
YoungMinds – 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) – www.youngminds.org.uk