Mental Health Awareness Post Round Up

By Terry Streather | oakwood

May 12

Awareness events are great, but as Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 draws to a close, far too many may feel they have ticked that box now...on to the next priority!

But hold on...

Our mental wellbeing is at the very centre of all we do; from how we feel, to our attitudes about things, to the way we behave and even perform at work.

And until we start to prioritise it, both as individuals and organisations, things won't get any better. 

So, here's the challenge...

Don't let all the great work of this week be a tick in the box. Make real and lasting change.  

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, I thought I would bring together our most popular blogs on the subject. 

​Here you'll find links to posts covering the most common forms of mental ill health. I also "gently challenge" some of the more widely held views and perceptions out there, in the hope that we start to be a little more mindful of how we speak about and treat people experiencing poor mental health, whether it be diagnosed or not. 

This week has been all about viewing mental well-being from a different perspective. Rather than focusing on labels, diagnosis and signs and symptoms, it's challenged us all to think about one simple question...

Are you "Surviving" or "Thriving"? ​

PTSD: Not Just For Soldiers
Hear Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and I’m sure most imagine the men and women of our emergency services and[...]
Lead From The Top, Or Lose The Race
Mental Health Awareness Week ran from 14th to 20th May. And the subject at the heart of this year’s event[...]
Stress: Are We Coping?
In support of Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 14th to 20th May 2018, I want to share my perspective on an issue[...]
Gender Communication Gap?
​ Is talking about mental health harder for men? Let’s put that in context: not all talking, and not all[...]
Is Resilience All It’s Cracked Up To Be?
Resilience: Probably becoming one of my least favourite words. Not for what it is, but for how it is understood. Say[...]
Fit Note or Sick Note?
A "Fit Note" is a record of advice from your Doctor. But I wonder how many are used as they[...]
Can Stress Cause Bad Decisions?
He caught himself in the moment... and he couldn’t believe what he was doing. It had been a tough few[...]
Living to Work or Working to Live?
Ever heard the japanese word "karoshi"? No, you can't eat it or get a black belt in it... It translates[...]
Just Saying You Care Doesn’t Mean You Do
In this post I want to bring together the worlds of "Wellbeing" and "Conflict Management" by addressing a couple of[...]
Are you “Surviving” or “Thriving”?
Check out this pair of pumpkins… They are both the same variety of pumpkin. They are both orange. They are[...]
Does “Agile/Home/Flexible” Working Increase Risk?
As the footsteps behind her got louder she knew it wasn’t good. The hairs on the back of her neck[...]
If you enjoyed what you've read and it got you thinking, please feel free to share it with your networks to get the message out there. 

About the Author

Terry is Director and Head of Training at Oakwood. He helps clients promote a proactive, rather than reactive approach to both personal safety and the positive mental health of their staff. He has over 12 years teaching experience in these areas, and advises organisations in the development of appropriate risk assessment and policy.