What is mental health awareness week?
Mental Health Awareness Week is a week that is dedicated to raising awareness of mental health and mental health problems in the UK. Mental Health Awareness Week has been run by the Mental Health Foundation since 2001 – growing in popularity year on year with the public, large corporations and various charities now getting involved. The ultimate aim of MHAW is to increase awareness of mental health and inspire action in people across the UK, promoting the message of good mental health for all.
What is the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week?
The key focus of Mental Health Awareness Week changes annually and every year pays particular focus to an important topic within the mental health community. For Mental Health Awareness Week, the topic is the importance of being kind.
The Mental Health Foundation conducted a survey into kindness and found that two-thirds of people feel more positive in their mental health after someone has been kind to them. The focus on kindness is in response to the recent pandemic, which is having a severe impact on the mental health of many individuals, not only in the UK but across the globe.
Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Mark Rowland, stated the following: “We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. And we want to start a discussion on the kind of society we want to shape as we emerge from this pandemic”. Mental Health Awareness Week in gives us all an opportunity to share our ideas for a closer community that cares for all following the recent unfortunate circumstances we have all faced through COVID-19.
What are Trinity Homecare doing about mental health?
- We have trained mental health champions in our workforce – our amazing team members raise awareness amongst staff, clients, the community and beyond through various events and charity work. All whilst providing support for those who need it… what a bunch!
- We provide free access to Abbey Helpline to offer all our staff a free counselling service – we do our very best to ensure all of our staff have a great overall mental wellbeing. To provide the best care for our clients, we need to provide the best care for our staff. That’s why we are committed to providing mental health services that can benefit our team.
- Signed up to the time to change employer pledge – we want to change attitudes and behaviour towards mental health and defeat the stigma that surrounds it. We strongly believe in all the Time To Change values, and we support all of our staff to concern their issues around mental health to create awareness amongst our team and beyond.
Supporting our clients
Our dedicated TrinityCarers love to put a smile on the faces of our clients through compassionate care with a large dose of kindness. We know how much of an impact we can have on the day of our clients, that’s why we do everything in our power to put a big smile on their face whenever we are providing care; whether that be companionship, full-time live-in care or visiting care services.
We closely monitor the mental health of our clients for changes in mood to ensure we can do everything in our power to improve it. We quickly respond to changing needs and we are committed to who we care for. We’re personal, we’re caring and we’re trusted.
Supporting our staff
The compassionate staff that go the extra mile at Trinity Homecare are what makes us the ‘outstanding rated’ team that we are. This applies to everyone in our team, including those behind the scenes that are working hard every day so that our clients can live the life they want to in the comfort of their own homes.
Those behind the scenes? They include the exceptional management team, our specialist recruiters, trainers, finance staff, those in IT and more! Together, they make the perfect backing for our fantastic frontline team of care managers, team leaders, care coordinators, senior carers and care workers across every one of our services.
We are committed to supporting our employees with issues concerning mental health, with several processes put in place to promote positive mental wellbeing at work. We also actively encourage our team members to share their thoughts and feelings; and because of this, our team are more confident about making managers and colleagues aware of their experiences both inside and outside of the workplace.
How can I get involved in mental health awareness week?
Well, because of the topic of Mental Health Awareness Week19, the first thing you should look to do… is be kind! You never know how far acts of kindness can go in the hearts and minds of the people you meet. If you feel like you are kind enough already, then try a random act of kindness every day this week, even if it’s someone you don’t know.
Join in online! Under the circumstances of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the situation makes it difficult for us to join together through events and other forms of charity. The Mental Health Foundation, therefore, wants to get the nation talking online about kindness and mental health, and we can even reach people around the world with our kind words. Social media graphics for your feed can be found here! Be sure to use the hashtags #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Virtual fundraising events are the only possible way of collecting donations to help improve mental health services for people in the UK. So get creative! If there’s a way you can collect some funds… try it out! This could be a challenge you participate in and share online, a fundraiser on social media, there are a number of possibilities that keep the possibility of fundraising alive. Alternatively, donate a small amount of money yourself.
On a final note, keep an eye out for those around you who are struggling emotionally, as they could be dealing with a lot more underneath the surface than you know about. Sensitively communicate to your friends, family or colleagues that could use a helping hand. You never know the difference you could make.
Trinity Homecare support mental health
Mental illness can often be as restrictive as physical illness on a sufferers lifestyle and overall wellness. Trinity Homecare is fully aware of the impacts of mental health and do our very best to ensure everyone associated with our company’s voices are heard and their needs are taken care of.
If you are looking for the highest levels of compassionate home care to ensure you can receive the helping hand you need whilst remaining in familiar and comfortable surroundings; contact us today. A friendly member of our team will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have.