Being able to talk about mental health and supporting our team with mental health related illness and its impact is really important to us here at Brilliant.
Myself and our Head of Social, Scott attended training with St John’s Ambulance to get our certifications as Workplace Mental Health Responders at the agency. The training itself was as helpful as it was eye-opening and guided us through best practice in this area.
Mental health related struggles come in many guises under a huge umbrella of issues. As employers and line managers the course educated us on the best approach to support our team. And, in a nutshell, it’s exactly that: supporting, listening and being able to facilitate individuals where accessing professional help is necessary, whilst fostering an environment where the subject of mental health feels as important and open as physical health. This is what we strive for at Brilliant, for the team and for ourselves.
We’ve been able to take away some great tools and understand the importance of empathy, pointing people in the right way to the best resources for them, and taking care of ourselves too in the process.
Life and circumstances are always changing and I’m really proud to feel confident I can support people here at Brilliant to the best of my ability when they need it.
Some useful resources available to us here in the UK.
Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.
A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder.
CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15 to 35.
Men’s Health Forum
24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email.
Mental Health Foundation
Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.
Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.
Support for people with OCD. Includes information on treatment and online resources.
A charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.
Young suicide prevention society.
Rethink Mental Illness
Support and advice for people living with mental illness.
Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Telephone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers.
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence)
Children’s charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.
Advice on dealing with domestic violence.
A free self-help group. Its “12 step” programme involves getting sober with the help of regular face-to-face and online support groups.
Al-Anon is a free self-help “12 step” group for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.
A free confidential helpline for people worried about their own or someone else’s drinking.
Telephone: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers free confidential advice and information to everyone affected by a parent’s drinking including children, adults and professionals.
SMART Recovery UK
SMART Recovery UK face-to-face and online groups help people decide whether they have a problem with alcohol and drugs, build up their motivation to change, and offer a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.
Provides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.