We are delighted to have four newly-trained Mental Health First Aiders, which brings our total to five. We have been trained to act as a point of contact for anyone who may be experiencing a mental health issue or emotional distress. The course taught us how to spot mental health issues, to offer help and to signpost members of staff to appropriate support and treatment. The training included the following topics: depression; stigma and discrimination; suicide; substance misuse; anxiety disorders; self-harm; eating disorders; psychosis; and building a mentally healthy community.
Our larger in-house Wellbeing group, which is made up of staff from all levels and studios, is focused on safeguarding the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in the Practice. We are actively looking at how to best support a healthy working environment and ethos by continually improving our working practices. We hope to foster a feeling of connectivity and community despite being physically apart whilst most of us continue to work remotely.