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Raising awareness of mental health & support services

by Jill Gordon, Business & Therapeutic NLP Coach 

Wednesday 10th October 2018 will see a global drive to raise awareness and reduce the stigma attached to mental health. The focus this year is on young people and mental health in a changing world. Let’s take a few minutes to think about what you can do personally and professionally to contribute to this very important cause.

The hospitality sector within Northern Ireland is a great place for young people to start and continue their career. A lot of students use the sector to assist them financially throughout their studies. As employers and colleagues, adults are well placed to provide support with those who as teenagers and young adults, try to establish their career, identity and general path in life.

If you were worried about a young person in work or at home, what would you do? What would you say? What if they told you they need help, where would you signpost them?

Starting a conversation is the first step. Talking about mental health needn’t be awkward. Asking how they are, using open questions, giving them time and space to respond, listening and reminding them you are there to be supportive. You could say you have noticed they haven’t been themselves recently.

Once they have opened up, it is important to be non-judgemental, empathic and compassionate. Talking about how you are feeling can be difficult, possibly embarrassing or scary, for any of us! If a person tells you to mind your own business, at least they know you cared enough to ask, and may come back to you when they are ready to talk.

There is lots of support across Northern Ireland, but if a young person, or anyone for that matter, tells you they feel low, worried, anxious, or just not themselves, their GP would be the first person to encourage them to contact. Your local health trust websites have details on the services available as well as the following:

http://www.helplinesnetworkni.com/

Unfortunately there has been a rise in those dying by suicide in Northern. This can be a hard subject to bring up, especially if you are worried about what the answer may be. Keeping a person safe and getting the right help is essential. If you find yourself talking to someone who has thoughts of self-harm or suicide, or may have made a plan to take their own life there is help available 24/7. Encourage and enable them to stay safe, contact their GP, out of hours Doctor or speak to someone trained to deal with this further. Sources of support can be found below:

http://www.lifelinehelpline.info/

https://www.samaritans.org/

Working within the hospitality sector gives young people, and all staff access to The Benevolent, the drinks industry charity. Here you can get help and support with financial problems, practical and emotional support and mental health in the form of a helpline 7 days a week, 8am-8pm, and free counselling sessions. Click on the link below to find out more:

http://www.thebenevolent.org.uk/

Other sources of support in Northern Ireland can be found on the following:

https://www.mindingyourhead.info/services

As a Business and Therapeutic NLP coach, mental health is a topic that comes up across all aspects of my work. I have developed a workshop – Promoting Good Mental Health in the Workplace. This is a 2 ½ hour interactive workshop to raise awareness and give employees the time and space to create their own individual action plan to try and prevent poor mental health.

It also looks at stress, what support they have in the workplace, and other forms of help/services. As an employer it gives an opportunity to assess any work place stressors through a tailored questionnaire followed up with a report on the findings.

If you would like to find out more on this workshop, check out my Facebook page for further details. https://www.facebook.com/Jill-Gordon-NLP-Coaching-452185295168784/ .Alternatively I can be contacted on 07894957017 or [email protected]

The workshops can be provided on your premises or a neutral venue for up to 15 participants, and the usual cost is £295.

20% off the cost of all workshops booked between 10/10/18 and 10/11/18 using code – HospRev1018.

My message for everybody in Northern Ireland on World Mental Health Day 2018, especially young people, is that you are never alone. There is always someone there to listen. Please just ask.

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