World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health day

World Mental Health Day

10th October is World Mental Health day and Thomas Interiors would like to remind people, It’s ok not to be ok and it’s good to talk. You are not alone and you do not have to suffer in silence.
Too many people loose their lives because they are afraid to speak out…..
“Our silence is killing us. Every week, 84 men in the UK take their own lives. The majority will have suffered in silence or tried to self-medicate themselves…and failed. Many men are too embarrassed to admit to themselves.”
It’s time to remove the stigma around mental health and start the conversations with friends, family and work colleagues. Make time for a cup of tea and talk about how you are feeling.

The subject matter of this particular topic is quite emotive to Thomas Interiors as it is a subject that we feel very strongly about and we are delighted that our clients at Heathrow agree and have designed a program called MYind Buddys which is a Mental Health awareness program designed for Heathrow Airport Employees, Suppliers and Construction Contractors.

The programme is designed to provide a better understanding towards mental health and help identify the signs if you think a colleague is struggling. A team of MYind Buddys have been specifically trained in Mental Health First aid and are available to listen and provide advice on where to get extra support.

This is something that we feel is imperative for our organisation as we were alarmed to learn that the biggest killer of men from the ages of 18 to 45 was suicide, over 8000, the majority of them having no previous diagnosed mental condition. Of those 8000, 1000 of that figure work in the construction industry.

We at Thomas Interiors appreciate that these figures are both alarming and completely unacceptable and we want to do as much as we can to support our staff and make sure that they have access to all of the help that the need, should they be experiencing difficulties.

With this in mind, earlier this year Thomas Interiors Senior Project Manager, Andrew Allison attended and successfully completed his two day MHFA Mental Health First Aid course this week and is now a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

The feedback we had from Andrew was that he found the MHFA course to be extremely insightful and has now been trained to spot signs to look for with an outline guide to being a first responder in what to say and do, First Aid for the mind injury if you wish.

Andrew is Thomas Interiors our first qualified Mental Health First Aider but we hope to have others join him soon.

Look out for MYind Buddys conversation sessions or ask your supervisor for more information and together we can address the stigma around mental health.

If you would like to talk to someone either for yourself or a colleague, please contact myindbuddy@heathrow.com

Or any of the below shown in the Image.

 

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