Peer Education Project (PEP)

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The Peer Education Project is a secondary school-based, educational programme that aims to give young people the skills and knowledge they need to safeguard their mental health, and that of their peers. The Mental Health Foundation believes that there is a basic level of knowledge and skill that everyone needs around their own mental health. By teaching every pupil about …

How to look after your mental health in later life…

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One in five older people living in the community and two in five people living in care homes experience depression or poor mental health. Research shows that there are five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people: 1. Discrimination 2. Participation in meaningful activities 3. Relationships 4. Physical health 5. Poverty Even though …

The Truth About Self-Harm…

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Self-harm is very common and affects more people than you might think… 10% of young people self-harm. This means it’s likely that at least two young people in every secondary school classroom have self-harmed at some time. If you are self-harming, you are not alone – lots of information and support is available. Remember, self-harm isn’t a suicide attempt or …

Average Length of Stay is 11.9 months…

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We wanted to share the continued progress we’re making on reducing the average length of stay for our patients. Excluding three outliers, we have achieved 11.9 months. As ever, we always have our patient’s welfare front-of-mind but we know we share the same objective as our CCG and NHS contacts that, wherever possible, we want our patients healthy, confident, and …

World Mental Health Day…

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The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. For resources follow the link to their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/posters-social-media-graphics

How to look after your mental health

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It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. The Mental Health Foundation has come up with 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice and you can start right away, …

Suicide Prevention: WAIT!

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Prevention is something that we can all individually help with. A short conversation with another person can sometimes be enough to make the difference between life and death for them. The advice ‘WAIT’ is one good way to remember how you can support another person who may be suicidal. It stands for: Watch out for signs of distress and uncharacteristic …

Mental Health at Work…

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Mental health problems are all too common in the workplace and it is the leading cause of sickness absence. A staggering 70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental health problems in the UK, costing employers approximately £2.4 billion per year. An essential building block for workplace mental health is the ability to have open, authentic conversations about …

Feeling my mind – tips for positive body image…

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We all have our ups and downs on the journey to self-acceptance. It takes practice and time, and everyone’s paths are different. Mental Health Awareness has come up with some tips to help you maintain a healthy sense of self. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/mind-over-mirror-feeling-my-mind