MENTAL HEALTH

Mental Health

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Statistics show that each day, two UK construction workers take their own life.  One fifth of the construction workforce at any one time is unable to work due to stress, anxiety and/or depression, and those are the ones who report in with the real reasons they are off.

A former colleague once confided in me many years ago that their two weeks off sick with a ‘bad back’ was in fact crushing depression. They were worried about the stigma attached to this and did not feel their Site Manager would understand. Little did my colleague know, that very same Site Manager was on a Mental Health First Aider course whilst he was away sick.  He too had suffered from depression and anxiety and wanted to “do more” to help his friends, family, colleagues and site team.

I genuinely feel the stigma of mental health within our industry is slowly diminishing, but there remains much work to be done. This is one of the reasons I qualified as a Mental Health First Aider, and am honoured to represent the NAS in relation to the subject of mental health.

We all know that Physical Health First Aid is a mandatory requirement within our industry, before long this will be (and should be, without question!) the same in relation to Mental Health First Aid.  

– Lorraine Shepherd, NAS Training Manager

Mental Health

Please use the dropdowns below to find information relating to Mental Health.

ONLINE – Adult Mental Health First Aider Training

Dates: 23, 24, 25, 26 November 2020 (half days, 09:00 – 13:00 – via Microsoft Teams)
Delivered by: HSS Training
Accredited by: Mental Health First Aid England
To secure your place, book here (£16+ VAT pp non-refundable booking fee applies).
Contact enquiries@shopfitters.org for details.

A practical skills and awareness course designed to give you:
– A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing, including your own
– Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
– Confidence to step in, reassure and support a person in distress
– Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
– Knowledge to help someone recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support.

ONLINE – Adult Mental Health Awareness (half day)

Date: 30 November 2020 (09:00 – 13:00 – via Microsoft Teams)
Delivered by: HSS Training
Accredited by Mental Health First Aid England
To secure your place, book here (£16 + VAT pp non-refundable booking fee applies).
Contact enquiries@shopfitters.org for details.

An introductory course designed to increase mental health awareness and give an understanding of how to look after wellbeing and challenge stigma. When you complete your course you will get a cetificate of attendance and an MHFA manual to keep and refer to whenever you need it.

Although each individual mental health condition may have its own unique symptoms, the warning signs are often less clear. They often overlap.

It is important for Mental Health First Aiders to remember it is not your responsibility to diagnose someone, but to become more aware so that we know when we need to approach someone to have a conversation.

The key is to pick up on changes in the persons usual thoughts, emotions or behaviours, although physical signs are also common.  Mental ill health affects the whole person. Things to watch out for include:

Psychological signs (thoughts and emotions)
Irritability
Aggression
Tearfulness
Fearfulness
Indecision
Inability to concentrate
Loss of confidence
Memory lapses and confusion
Loss of humour
Low self esteem
Suspiciousness

Physical signs
Frequent headaches
Aches and pains
Frequent stomach upsets
Sleeping issues
Weight loss or gain
Constant tiredness
Lack of care in their appearance
Low energy/fatigue

Behavioural Signs
Social withdrawal
Argumentative/regular conflict
Socially unacceptable behaviour
Being louder and more animated
Increased dependence on caffeine/alcohol/cigarettes/drugs
Self-harm
Eating disorders

Work patterns of behaviour
Difficulty carrying out usual tasks
Procrastination
Missed deadlines
Forgotten tasks
Increased absence
Increased errors
Overworking (First in/Last out)
Being unable to switch off when out of work (emailing out of hours/whilst on holiday etc).

Free downloads from Mates in Mind
Spotting the Signs (flowchart)
Spotting the Signs (A4 poster) 

Construction Related

Building Mental Health

Lighthouse Club

Mates in Mind

Man Gang

Prevention of suicide in young people

Papyrus

Addiction and substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, gambling)

Adfam (Family Support)

Talk to Frank (Drug Support)

Drinkline – Phone only: 0300 123 1100 FREEPHONE Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm

Psychosis

Hearing Voices

Action on Postpartum Psychosis

Self Harm

Harmless

National Self Harm Network

Anxiety

Anxiety UK 

Depression

Depression UK

OCD & Phobias

Triumph Over Phobia

Bereavement

Bereavement Advice

Child Bereavement UK

Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis

Childhood Abuse

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD Resolution

Finding a Therapist

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+)

Stonewall

Switchboard

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Bulimia Care

Beating Eating Disorders  

 
For advice and guidance on Mental Health in the workplace/relevant training, get in touch with our Training Manager on lorraine.shepherd@shopfitters.org. NAS members can access Mental Health related training courses at preferential rates.
 
 
 
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