Be kind to your mind
Mental Health Facts
- 1 in 3 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year
- We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem
- 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination
Your mental health is as important as your physical health. Promoting good mental health and wellbeing can help you feel empowered and more resilient to cope with life's stresses. The College’s Strategy 2015 to 2020 states we will be mindful of the need to promote good mental health and a healthy work life balance.
The idea of good mental health and wellbeing is best described as a subjective condition. For example, good social, economic, spiritual or medical health means that in a sense, the experience of life is positive or beneficial. Good mental health means that we are more able to respond to challenging circumstances, to innovate and constructively engage with others and the world around. It also represents a highly effective way of realising good outcomes in many different areas of our lives.
Good mental health is just as important to our lives as legs are to a table. It is an essential component for physical health and for happiness. Our goal is help you uncover and use some simple tools to improve the wellbeing of your body and mind.
What can I do to improve my mental health?
Talk about your feelings: Opening up about how you feel helps your wellbeing. It’s part of taking stock of your sense of self.
Keep in touch: Family and friends who know you well can offer different perspectives about how you feel and what you’re thinking. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.
Acceptance: Some of us are funny, some are great at maths, others not so and others are great cooks. Everybody is different and accepting who you are is important.
Keep active: Research shows that exercise releases chemicals in the brain, inducing a strong sense of well-being.
Drink sensibly: People sometimes drink to feel better about different things ranging from loneliness to anxiety, what is important to remember is that the effect is only temporary. Overdoing it is like stealing happiness from tomorrow.
Ask for help: None of us are superheroes. Sometimes we get tired, sometimes overwhelmed, especially when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you ask someone for help.
Do something you’re good at: Perhaps you like drawing, or maybe you’d rather be cooking. Whatever the activity try to find something you’re good at and can lose yourself in. To help identify what this might be think about what you used to love doing in the past, enjoying yourself helps relieve stress. Doing an activity you enjoy helps to achieve something and enhances your self-esteem.
Caring for others: This is often overlooked but is an important part of keeping up relationships with those close to you. Whether it’s dropping in on a loved one in need or just sending a pleasant message to a friend’s email, don’t underestimate the power of helping others.
Mental health first aid
Similar to physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid does the same for someone experiencing mental ill health. The College has over 100 trained Mental Health First Aiders (Excel List) to provide information and to signpost staff to further help and support.
Do you want to be a mental health first aider?
Mental Health First Aid training is available for staff who are involved in supporting colleagues or students.
In addition to teaching people how to give initial care, the aim of the course is to dispel the fears people often have when they encounter someone they suspect is experiencing mental ill health or is in distress. The aim is not to diagnose or treat people, but to encourage and support them to access professional help, as well as signpost them to the right place.