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"? ​

I’ll Drink To That, Or Maybe Not…
Common mental disorders like anxiety and depression affect 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men. It may be[...]
Have You Got His Back?
Last year 4382 men took their own lives in the UK. That’s around 12 a day, right here in the United Kingdom.[...]
Does Hi-Tech Cause Hi-Stress?
Yes it can. That’s my view. But I should elaborate: yes, I believe it can if we forget that we[...]
Mental Health And Our Children
Ah, something very close to my heart, literally. Children. Especially my children. As a dad, I’m delighted to see that[...]
Suicide: The unacceptable killer that has no place in a civilised society
Excuse me if it looks like I’m repeating myself, or being gloomy, but I need to talk about suicide. As usual,[...]
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[...]
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.