Mental Health Awareness Week: “It’s okay to not be okay”
As a Trust we are taking part in Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW). It can be hard to discuss our mental health but if we can’t be open during Mental Health Awareness week – when can we? I, like all of us, have been on my own mental health journey. In the last few years I have been fortunate enough to become more aware of my own mental health and more focused on managing my own wellbeing.
As individuals we must all find our own personal route to wellbeing, however, we can take inspiration from others. I am very fond of the Buddhist quote “Life is Suffering” once I remind myself of this I often find my current situation doesn’t seem so bad. I also force myself to go walking along the coast on a regular basis which always calms my soul.
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Focusing on mental health and being aware of mental health of team members is of paramount importance, it’s as important as physical health. Good, well-rounded mental health and our overall wellbeing are critical to our success in doing what we love.
This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week has never been more poignant in the wake of Covid-19, here at our Trust we champion mental health and wellbeing, we encourage open and honest chats to reduce stigma. Looking ahead to 2022 we are kicking off ‘The Year of Mental Health’, an exciting initiative to commit to supporting teams across our Trust; to further educate and create an honest and open dialogue around mental health; no matter how that looks to you. It’s okay to not be okay. And we’re here to support you.