Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019 . One in six people in the UK  will have experienced a common mental health problem in the past week.

While the stigma attached to mental health problems has lessened and the support available has increased, there is still a long way to go.

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation,  this year’s theme is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. The Mental Health Foundation is the UK’s charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what they do, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems.

Mental Health Foundation
Green Ribbon

The green ribbon is the international symbol for mental health awareness, so this Friday our staff “Wore it Green”. They donated for the privilege and 3 staff even donated their “Birthday Money” from Christies.  A total of £105 was raised, which will go to the Mental Health Foundation.

Wear it Green

At Christies Care we have made a pledge to our staff, by signing up to the Mindful Employer “Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health”.

The charter sets out key principles to help employers tackle avoidable causes of stress and poor mental health at work.

Experiencing poor mental health at work is really common regardless of the kind of role you do, but if you work in the care sector there are particular factors that could put you at greater risk of developing a mental health problem. Things like long working hours, excessive workload and challenging relationships with colleagues and clients come up time and time again as sources of stress that could be reduced.

The Charter acknowledges that changing working cultures won’t happen overnight but it’s a step in the right direction – recognising some of the factors that can impact on staff mental health and committing to tackling them. We are striving to create mentally healthy workplaces for all our staff.

We offer regular support to all our staff and encourage them to be open about how they are feeling. We also signpost to MIND, the mental health charity, who offer support and guidance in regards to self-help, support groups and counselling.

Mindful Employer
MIND the mental health charity

On Thursday 24th October we are running a Mental Health Awareness six hour workshop. The course will be run by John Pearce, a Skills for Care endorsed training provider.

This course is open to our office staff and carers but places are limited.

If you’re interested please call the training team on 01728 605126 or email trainingteam@christiescare.com

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We’re extremely proud of the excellent standard of care our carers give to their clients.

This is reflected in our attainment of both an Outstanding rating from the CQC and the Princess Royal Training Award 2017.

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