Tag Archives: mental health

Happy Friday!

In a recent YouGov survey, 59% of British adults said they found life was more stressful than five years ago and nearly half of people surveyed said they felt stressed every day or every few days. A little stress every now and again can make us more alert and stimulate us into performing more effectively, but prolonged stress can be detrimental to both mental and physical health.

That’s why, this January, the Mental Health Foundation have launched a campaign to help everyone cope better with the physical and emotional effects of stress. They’ve put together a guide with the key facts and 101 tips to help reduce the symptoms, sourced from mental health professionals and the general public.

Click on the picture above to take you directly to the website.

If you resolve to do one thing this year, why not learn to manage the stress in your life.  It’s bound to make you happier and healthier.

MHFA – new dates for 2013

Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid is a 2 day, certificated course that equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to recognise people who may be having mental health difficulties and gives them the confidence to intervene.

I’ve been delivering this course for 5 years and I’m delighted to say that I will be joined this year by two brand new trainers – Nick Smiley, Senior Educational Psychologist and Wendy Jenkins from the Pupil Support Team @ Eastwood High. 

Our dates for 2013 have just been finalised and will be appearing on the CPD site very soon.

  1. Mon 25 Feb & Mon 04 Mar
  2. Fri 03 May & Fri 10 May
  3. Thurs 31 Oct & Thurs 07 Nov

I think this course is interesting, relevant and a crucial addition to any practitioners toolkit for supporting fellow staff and students.  Don’t just take my word for it, here are some testimonials.  I interviewed a Pupil Support teacher and a Depute Head on the importance of MHFA for a presentation I did for Education Scotland last year.  Thanks to Alison McGillivray and my daughter Wallis for voicing the audio.



I also received an email from a primary head, not long after she had completed the training.

May I just say that I found myself in a situation where I was able to support a parent who presented to me in a very vulnerable state.  Due to the MHFA training I received, I was able to ask the difficult question (suicide) with confidence and refer to agencies to support from that point on.  You never think that you will be in that position, it just shows you how valuable this training is for professionals.

If you are interested in finding out more about MHFA before signing up for the training, please get in touch with me.

No one is perfect – not even Olympians

Australian swimmer & 5 time Olympic Gold medallist Ian Thorpe has opened up about his fragile personality and struggles with depression and anxiety. 

“It made me understand I needed to see someone more frequently and to get medication that worked. I feel I’m on to the other side of it now. I’ve got a handle on it but I would never say I’m in control of it because I know how quickly it can change. But I’m in a place where, for the first time, I’m comfortable talking about depression.”

Wouldn’t this article be a perfect addition to mature, open discussion with young people about mental health? 

We need more brave people to be honest about their mental health in order to move on from the stigma that surrounds mental illness.  Nice one Thorpedo, I think you’re even more wonderful now!