Mental health awareness week 2024

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Published: May 14, 2024

Following on from the PSS mental health in ports campaign in March, mental health awareness week is an annual campaign aimed at raising awareness about mental health issues, reducing stigma, and promoting mental wellbeing.

During the week, various events take place and articles are posted to provide support for those who may be struggling and promote better mental health policies and services.

Mental health can mean different things to different people based on their experiences, cultural backgrounds, and personal beliefs.

In essence, mental health is a multifaceted concept that encompasses emotional, physical, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. It varies from person to person, reflecting individual experiences, values, and perspectives.

Promoting mental health awareness throughout the year requires consistent effort and various strategies to reach different audiences. By maintaining a consistent presence throughout the year, you can help carry the messages for mental health awareness and contribute to creating a more supportive and understanding society.

The resources attached to the PSS mental health in ports campaign are updated throughout the year with additional information and services that you may find helpful.

Reaching out if you need help with your mental health is a crucial message for individuals when they are struggling. Here are some ways you may be able to support others:

  1. Normalise asking for help: Encourage open conversations about mental health and help-seeking behaviour to reduce stigma. Let people know that it’s okay to ask for help and that seeking support is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  2. Provide information: Share information about mental health resources, including hotlines, counselling services, support groups, and online therapy options. Make sure individuals know where to turn for help and how to access these resources.
  3. Educate: Help people recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions so they can identify when they or someone they know may need help. Provide information about common mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
  4. Offer support: Let others know that you are there to support them if they need help with their mental health. Listen without judgment, validate their feelings, and offer encouragement to seek professional help if necessary.
  5. Share personal stories: Personal stories of overcoming mental health challenges can be powerful in encouraging others to seek help. Share your own experiences or stories of others who have found support and recovery to inspire hope and reduce feelings of isolation.
  6. Include everyone: Ensure that the message is inclusive and reaches all demographics, including marginalized communities who may face additional barriers to accessing mental health support.
  7. Encourage self-care: Emphasise the importance of self-care practices in maintaining good mental health. Encourage individuals to engage in activities that promote relaxation, stress reduction, and overall wellbeing.
  8. Provide confidential options: Make it clear that seeking help is confidential and that individuals can reach out anonymously if they prefer. Offer options for anonymous helplines or online support groups.
  9. Follow up: Check in with friends, family, or colleagues who may be struggling with their mental health. Let them know you care and are available to support them whenever they need it.

By providing support and resources, we can help create a culture where seeking help is encouraged and supported.

Mental health training

Training may be something that would benefit you or your company. There is a wide range of training courses available, below you will find details of some of those run by PSS members.

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