News: World Mental Health Day 2021: Let’s make it a reality – ‘’If we all do one thing, we can change everything”
The conversation around Mental Health has never been louder. For #WorldMentalHealthDay we are taking inspiration from national Mind’s #WMHD campaign by asking members from our Augere team to discuss their #DoOneThing unique commitment. Because ‘’If we all do one thing, we can change everything’’.
Each year October 10th marks World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is “Mental Health in an Unequal World,” aiming to address the deepening inequalities in our society. It looks at the inequalities suffered by those due to poverty, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and human rights violations. The theme also intends to highlight how access to Mental Health Services remains unequal.
According to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), between 75-95 per cent of people with mental disorders in low and middle-income countries are unable to access mental health services at all.
‘’Although the COVID-19 crisis is, in the first instance, a physical health crisis, it has the seeds of a major mental health crisis as well if action is not taken. Good mental health is critical to the functioning of society at the best of times. It must be front and centre of every country’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The mental health and wellbeing of whole societies have been severely impacted by this crisis and are a priority to be addressed urgently.” United Nations Policy Brief: COVID-19 and the Need for Action on Mental Health, May 2021.
We need to act, and act urgently!
#WorldMentalHealth Day is an opportunity for all to raise awareness and funds for their work, for people to reach out to one another and call for change.
For #WorldMentalHealthDay we are taking inspiration from national Mind’s WMHD campaign by asking members from our Augere team to discuss their #DoOneThing unique commitment. Because ‘’if we all do one thing, we can change everything’’.
I have been leading and managing transformation and change in businesses throughout my career. A constant characteristic for successful delivery, has been the need for a relentless focus on getting to the outcomes as efficiently and quickly as possible, since delays and inefficiency means that costs escalate quickly. Project management is all about the delivery process and there is no doubt it has an important part to play. But successful and enduring change is really about people and behaviours: shifting mindsets and getting people to do things differently.
Yet people aren’t simply resources. They are often fickle, living within a real world where they are balancing all sorts of pressures from work, at home, within the wider family or community in which they live. This balance is difficult at the best of times and can easily be tipped out of balance when specific events happen, or unexpected pressures have an adverse effect. When out of balance, the impact on individuals can be significant and detrimental to people’s mental health or sense of wellbeing: anxiety or stress manifesting differently. We have all been there.
So, in driving change, leaders will have an impact on that delicate balance, like it or not, and you can’t always predict the impact it will have on individuals. You can’t simply press on regardless because it is not on the project plan or getting in the way of the outcomes you want delivered.
In the context of change management, therefore, the one thing I would continue to advocate that as leaders we should do differently, is to take time to listen and understand what makes individuals tick. Understand what pressures they are facing and how they are balancing things as this will likely determine how much change they can absorb or adapt to. This is about understanding, empathising, and flexing accordingly. This is not about making excuses for why delivery slipped but getting ahead of the potential problems and flexing to deliver the desired outcomes as smoothly as possible. Taking account of the people who will be impacted, understanding specific circumstances, and supporting them through the required changes. People usually need to be pushed to change but understanding the context and doing this positively is the key. Don’t get me wrong, change is a hard business and sometimes there is no win-win solution for specific individuals. But gaining understanding and empathy are always required in managing through change.
This will give the best chance for delivering the business outcomes required by successfully navigating the changes: buying people in and minimising the potential negative impact on wellbeing or at worst on people’s mental health.
If you would like to reach out to me and discuss the pressures and challenges that you might be facing – please message me – I am always here to listen to you! 🙏🏼 👍
We all need to be there for each other more than ever, to help each other back on our feet. Together we can make a difference!
This year, as a family, we are supporting the Young Minds charity with their #helloyellow campaign, to raise awareness and funds to help prioritise mental health and wellbeing support for our young people. It’s such an important topic, and resources are nowhere near as available as they should be for anyone, including our young people. So – I’m hosting a small fundraiser across my social media channels from (October 8th) through to Sunday October 10th (which is World Mental Health Awareness Day) with the aim of amplifying voice and do something active to help – because we never know when our own children or family members might need resources like this – and so many young people are going without the support that they desperately need at present.
My boys loved wearing their yellow socks and lightening badges to school on Friday to show their support 💛💙!
Also – in support of world mental health awareness day, I will be offering 3 free listening/coaching sessions, to anyone who feels that they might be helpful for their wellbeing and mental health. These sessions will highlight hints and tips for improving self-leadership, experiencing change successfully and how to take control.
It is estimated that around 1 billion people around the globe suffer from mental health disorders. When you think that the world population is around 7.7 billion people, it’s clear to see how prevalent mental illness is in our world – according to these numbers, one in eight people will suffer at some point in their life. Just wow.
We’ve heard the phrase “the last 18 months has been like no others’’. Whilst that’s true, there is more emphasis on poverty due to lockdown, and more recently the fuel crisis.
World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for the world to come together and begin redressing the historic neglect of Mental Health.
I’ve decided for my #DoOnething ; I will join volunteer and join Side by Side – a supportive online community which provides a welcoming and safe place for people to make connections, learn from each other and feel inspired to take positive steps on their Mental Health journeys.
Recently I became a certified Mental Health First Aider, and I now would like to be able to do something practical to help others when they’re not feeling themselves. The course taught me the differences between mental health conditions and how to have appropriate and helpful conversations to point people to the help and support they need. Obviously, I’m no expert or counsellor. Just like a physical first aider, we’re here to be a first point of contact to help. Joining a community where I have the opportunity to make difference to someone’s MH and Well-being makes me feel whole. I did it for a few reasons but the biggest one for me is that anyone can suffer at any time. It was tough going at times, emotional, rewarding and enlightening. If I can support or help just one person, then I know it was worth it – in the workplace or in day-to-day life.
Anyway, here are a few takeaways that I like to remind myself before trying to help others: This could help you also.
👉 Sadness is not always visible
👉 Depression can be well hidden
👉 A person that smiles might not be fine but just doing their best
So let’s continue to ….
❤️ Most importantly: be kind to yourself.
❤️ Be kind to others, it’s free and makes a huge impact.
❤️ Be kind, we need to support each other.
❤️ Be kind, everyone is dealing with something you have no idea about.
Yes … Mental Health continues to be a taboo everywhere in the world. Unlike other illnesses, help can come in different ways for #mentalhealth problems.
It is OKAY not to have it all together
It is OKAY to choose yourself over work
It is OKAY to take a break every now and then
It is OKAY to ask for HELP.
Here are some useful hints, tips, and resources from Mind that have helped me throughout the last 18 months:
- You may have heard the phrase “you can’t pour from an empty cup”? Well, it is true. Modern life rarely gives many of us the opportunity to pause and practise self-care but we have a whole Wellbeing Hub to help you to do just that. It is packed full of self-care tips, including a downloadable checklist so you can add self-care to your daily routine.
- Reach out to someone you are worried about – if you are not sure how to start the conversation we have some guidance that may help.
- Food and mood – nutrition really is important to your mental wellbeing so it is important to try to eat a balanced diet. You can find out more about our top nutrition tips here.
- Champion workplace wellbeing – we offer a range of courses to help you build your knowledge, confidence, and awareness about mental health to support yourself and your colleagues. Find out more here.
- Whilst there’s no ‘one size fits all’ for Mental Health, it is important to recognise and accept that Mental Health is worth making time for and if you ever need to chat, just message me any time.