14th August 2020
The team at Mind in Somerset are slowly beginning to emerge from home working and return to our office spaces in Yeovil and Taunton (and soon to be -Shepton Mallet) as well as face to face working with clients – where appropriate. Even though all steps are in place to make sure our offices are ‘Covid secure’, and we are delighted to see our colleagues and clients again ‘in the flesh’, it doesn’t stop the anxiety that some of us are feeling. Therefore we were pleased to see that the Government guidance for returning to work (in an office or call centre) specifically mentions that employers should take adequate steps to ensure that the mental health of employees is looked after.
In this newsletter we will be sharing our updated corporate training brochure and upcoming opportunities. Plus, we will explore the anxieties that some people feel when wearing a mask/face covering.
We will also introduce you to one of Mind in Somerset’s hard working Trustees
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We would love to hear from you. Corporate@mindinsomerset.org.uk
Updated Corporate Training Brochure
Over the last couple of weeks Jess- our External Training provider – has been busy updating our training brochure to reflect the online and digital training that we have developed for the current circumstances. The brochure contains details of all our regular corporate training – including Mental Health at Work for Managers and Supervisors, and Mental Health First Aid. If you are not sure what your organisation needs- contact Jess directly who will talk through your options. We can develop training and workshops to suit your requirements.
Covid – 19 Bounce Back
As line managers return to the workplace after the UK lockdown, it is essential to equip them with the skills that they need to support their team’s welfare after a period of great uncertainty.
Many employees have been affected by Covid-19 and it has been a stressful time for many in a variety of ways. As well as the management of their own self-care, line managers will need to be ready to identify, support and sign-post practical ways to support their teams to manage their stress, mental health and wellbeing as they return to work and for those who will continue to work remotely.
Mind in Somerset has joined forces with Hewlett Rand to organise this 4 hour training workshop to provide line managers with practical on the job skills to help deal effectively with stress and mental health issues that may arise.
This is a tailored in-house workshop for employers and management teams.
Contact Jess, our Training Co-ordinator, to find out more.
Mask anxiety, Face Coverings and Mental Health
Seeing people wearing masks is becoming common now that we are required (with exemptions) to wear them in shops and public transport (at time of writing!)
But masks are not straightforward for everyone. Some of us may find covering our face very hard, or even impossible to cope with. And for those of us with existing mental health problems, masks may pose extra challenges.- including increased anxiety and panic attacks.
Mind have produced some great information around the wearing of masks and mental health – including reminding us not to not be judgemental if we see somebody not wearing a mask. Click the link below to read more.
Meet Our Trustee – Chris Norris
In his own words….
“ I worked as a GP in Shepton Mallet before retiring in 2012 and became a trustee of Mind in Somerset in 2017. I was motivated to take on this role as a result of personal experience of depression and the awareness of the need for increased community help. With the acquisition of a property in Shepton Mallet High Street MIS will now be able to deliver more of our services within Mendip. Having practised in the town as a GP for 35 years I am particularly delighted by this development.
I have been working recently as a volunteer in the newly established Mindline service. The professionalism of the operational staff in developing this service in such a short time frame has been remarkable. Their attention to detail in training the new call handlers has been hugely impressive. The organisation as a whole has also responded imaginatively to the challenges posed by the Covid pandemic, when face to face contacts have not been possible. I am extremely proud to be a representative of our charity and look forward to being part of the team as we work hard to provide for the future needs of service users.
In my spare time I enjoy cycling in our glorious countryside, looking after our vegetable plot and supporting Bath rugby as my playing days are long gone! “
Ted Talk- Workplace Mental Health – All You Need to Know (for now)
We love a Ted Talk and in this video, Mind and Time to Change Consultant Tom Oxley, explains why taking mental health in the workplace is so important. Feel free to share with others in your organisation.