Learnings From Mental Health Awareness Week

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and the Bounce team were involved in several ways.

  • We hosted events for companies in Bristol, Glasgow and London
  • We posted on various social media platforms
  • We reflected on our own mental health
  • We looked at the support available.

The work we did for companies was so rewarding. Not only did these companies strongly support the physical and mental wellbeing of their staff, they were very open to new ideas and initiatives.

 

 

The two things I hold very dear to my heart about what we do is the practicality and simplicity. From that very moment you can positively influence your life. We don’t ask you to delve into your past, to discuss personal issues or join a cult, we simply start with the question: “What does good look like?” Our techniques start from 30 seconds long – and we know they work.

  • One attendee came in with a headache stopping him from being productive. He walked out without it.
  • One lady felt ill on arrival, but 90 minutes later she was relaxed and well.
  • At least four people that we know of went to their line manager and asked for support.
  • One lady went to her GP.
  • One manager shared his own personal story of depression.

The changes that are possible are incredible and we love this area of our ‘job’, which is really more of a calling when you couldn’t possibly think of doing anything else!

There is always a flip side to studying something in detail I’ve found. In this case we found that the people that are talking and getting help are in the minority. Even with all the news coverage, social media and sharing that is happening, as well as the brilliant work of William, Kate, Harry & Meghan with the Heads Together campaign, there is still such a long way to go.

There is still a huge amount of stigma about mental health. From being able to take the equivalent of a duvet day, to proper long term help for complex cases, people are afraid to share in case it makes them look weak, or it adversely affects their career in some way.

Should you be brave enough to speak out or need urgent help – you are among thousands of people and the system is flooded. From weeks and weeks of waiting, to having pills thrust at you, there really isn’t the specialised patient care to cope with everyone now.

Can you imagine what will happen when this gets properly discussed?

Remember the flood of #MeToo? When friends and colleagues posted this status I was stunned at the sheer volume and how many others there were, like myself, who decided to stay silent.

If there was a #MyHeadToo campaign how many hundreds and thousands of people would admit to a past, present or intermittent problem?

If money is flowing nicely then you can pay to get to the front of the queue, but what do you choose?

From CBT, EFT, Timeline Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Counselling, Personal Training…there are a plethora of ways in which we can help ourselves but how, in our fragile, overwhelmed state are we supposed to choose?

Maybe to start with we need a trusted friend to build us a blanket fort, make us a ‘nice’ cup of tea and leave us watching Friends re-runs for a while?

Sleep and silence can help the brain to re-set itself a little and allow us to think a little clearer.

Perhaps then we can take the next step in what can feel like an overwhelming journey.

From my learnings I’m not sure where to go next. I know I want to do something to help this situation, though what I’m not quite sure.

I would love any suggestions, or to hear of initiatives that are currently working well. Perhaps we can put together a framework of ideas and a list of contacts so that we can do more.

For today though, I can choose to help the people that show up in my life. If someone puts up their hand I can buy them a cuppa and lend an ear. This in itself is a start. If we all took a second glance when someone makes a snappy comment or disappears from our Facebook feed, then perhaps we could make a change for someone. Anyone. We can all start somewhere.

If today is not your day, or you have realised that, “I’m fine!” means, “Can you help me please?” then know my door is always open. I may not have all the answers or a winning lottery ticket, but I am a dab hand at a blanket fort!

Nicky x

P.S. The Bounce Programme is a six part programme designed to boost your energy, fill you with positivity and create a vision of your perfect life. Week by week the focus is on mind, body and spirit, building better relationships and improving finances.

The programme can be done online, or with one of our Discover Your Bounce Ambassadors. For more information visit www.thebounceprogramme.com

P.P.S. If this post has struck a chord with you I would love to hear from you!

 

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