Naturally, feelings of isolation, anxiety and loss are brewing in everyone. For those who have struggled with mental health, things have exacerbated; for those who don’t necessarily have a history, are now in a situation where they are being truly tested.
This time has, however, shone light on examples of exceptional generosity and the strength of community and coming together. As we embark on Mental Health Awareness week, we reflect this year’s theme, kindness, and how a small act of it can make a huge impact on your neighbour.
- Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
- Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
- Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
- Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
- Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
- Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
Copious cups of teaThere is nothing like the perfect cup of tea. Next time you make a cuppa, think about whether you'd like to share it with someone; whether they live with you or someone you'd like to video call. Everyone loves a cuppa!
- Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
- Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
- Help with a household chore at home
#SocialWaking up to an adorable dog video or motivating human rights quote can change the whole outlook of your day. For some it comes naturally, but not everyone is social media savvy.
So for the next article, video, quote, joke you come across, take a minute to think of who would enjoy it like you do, who may it help, whose day might it brighten, and send it to them.
- Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
- Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
- Send an inspirational quote to a friend
- Send an interesting article to a friend
A note to our Apprentices
We are conscious that many of our apprentices are working from home, and we are reaching out to them to ensure they are considering their mental health at this time.
It is imperative that no one suffers in silence, and we encourage everyone to remember to get talking; whether a virtual cuppa, a text to someone you haven’t heard from in a while, or a small gesture – it can make a huge difference.
During Mental Health Week it is useful to know support is there; many really useful tips advice and guidance at organisations such as The Mix on 0808 8084994 who also offer webchat facilities.
If you have any concerns and are unable to speak to someone you know, our trained Mental Health First Aiders are here to be contacted, if in any doubt - reach out.
Natalie Wilson is the Head of Employer Partnerships at Firebrand Apprenticeships. With over 16 years' experience of working within the apprenticeship and skills sector, she has led and managed many bespoke learning programmes. Passionate about ensuring people strategies, mental health awareness is of paramount of importance to her.