Happy Birthday Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing

So about a year ago this week I ran my first freelance Mental Health First Aid course in Halifax and started my self-employed journey with the wobbly legs of a baby giraffe. I’d been training for a few years back at my old employer so the training side of things was nothing new – IContinue reading “Happy Birthday Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing”

Cause of Death – not just suicide we need to worry about.

I was just checking to see if there were any updated statistics yet on the number of suicides in the UK – not yet. I wanted to see if last year’s slight reduction was the beginning of a trend or just a blip. Anyway – I found myself perusing the figures, and also those forContinue reading “Cause of Death – not just suicide we need to worry about.”

Lets talk about resilience

To some people resilience seems to be a dirty word. I get it, and I don’t get it. What is resilience? To me – it’s like an immune system for the mind. We all have an immune system that helps us fight off illness, disease, infection. When we get ill it is our immune systemContinue reading “Lets talk about resilience”

Recovery

When I deliver training – be it Mental Health awareness, or Mental Health First Aid courses, I bring my own experiences into the classroom. I don’t have to. The course content is fairly comprehensive – but it is the aspect most frequently mentioned in positive feedback. I think it is important for two reasons –Continue reading “Recovery”

MHFA Higher Education

Going to university can be a wonderful time. Exciting, life changing, memorable. But it can also be a difficult time. A perfect storm of factors colliding, and it doesn’t always go smoothly: Leaving home – family & friends – your support network up to this point Having to make new friends – maybe struggling toContinue reading “MHFA Higher Education”

Bricks in the stress bucket

MHFA introduced me to the stress bucket. It’s so simple really. That we all have our “buckets” – into which all of the stresses of life flow. And which, if the stress becomes more than our bucket can handle, will overflow – at which point we can start to experience symptoms of mental ill health.Continue reading “Bricks in the stress bucket”