This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety. We all experience anxiety at points in our life – it can be a useful tool, but also a hindrance if it restricts our lives.
We are encouraging everybody to hold conversations about mental health and managing anxiety with team members and people we support. It’s important to make this a regular occurrence to lift the mental health stigma and build resilience.
Our Wheel of Engagement Theme for the whole month of May is Mental Wellbeing. This week we have been sharing a range of NHS resources on managing anxiety with team members and people we support. These include easy-read booklets and diary templates.
Unity Representatives Louise and Shane from our Day Centre in Bath, made a video sharing BSL signs for some key words associated with mental health. Please see the video at the bottom of this page.
Additionally, the Health & Wellbeing Team is holding 1-hour drop-in sessions. These are to enable people to have a confidential, informal chat about anxiety. The second session includes a BSL interpreter.
Director of Health & Wellbeing, Michael Fullerton said: “The Mental Health Awareness drop-in session on Monday was really well-attended by a mix of support team and central function team members.
“There were some great discussions and inspirational thoughts and ideas about anxiety, how it presents, and the different ways people view and deal with anxiety. We really appreciate such rich and open conversations and people respecting the need to be kind to each other.”
Michael Fullerton also holds weekly Mindfulness Meditation Sessions at lunchtime on Fridays for Team Members and people we support to attend.
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