Staff at the CCG are promoting mental health awareness week 14-20th May this week and I’d like to encourage all of us to consider doing the same. Traditionally we are just not that great at talking about how we are feeling. The mental health foundation have lots of interesting information on their website about how we can all be better listeners. They quote recent research that shows two thirds of us will have a mental health problem in our lifetimes and that stress can be a key factor. Check out the website for a link to a self-assessment ‘stress test’ as well as 6 top tips to become a better listener. Maybe you can help yourself or someone you care about. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week
If you feel you can’t cope and need to speak to somebody right now, or need advice on how you can deal with someone else’s behaviour, no matter what time of day, you could contact NHS 111 or the Samaritans. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones Telephone: 111.The Samaritans offer a 24-hour confidential telephone helpline. Telephone: 08457 90 90 90. Across Teesside people can also access Talking Therapies (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) and the useful website We Can Talk gives more details about self-referral to local organisations who can help.