MTS has signed up to the Time to Change Pledge to help end mental health discrimination. We want to change the way people think and talk about mental health in the workplace.
One in four people will have a mental health problem this year, but too many people are made to feel isolated and ashamed as a result. Your attitude towards mental health can have a real impact on the people around you.
There are many myths and misunderstandings around mental health problems, for instance:
Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work.
Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem.
Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable.
Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence.
We’re encouraging all staff at MTS to step in if a friend, colleague or family member is acting differently. Being in your friend or relation’s corner can make all the difference.
People are sometimes reluctant to get involved, but simply reaching out and listening can really help someone who is struggling with mental health problems. We suggest three simple steps as a starting point:
1.Ask them how they are. Face to face, by text or by phone.
2.Listen, without judging.
3.Be yourself. Talk about normal, everyday things.
We encourage everyone at MTS to read these real-life examples of opening up about mental health.
Line managers should take a look at these great tips here on how to support your team with their mental wellbeing.
We want to help everyone at MTS speak openly about mental health. We have two Mental Health First Aiders who can help people experiencing mental health problems before professional help is obtained. They are not trained therapists, but have learned how to provide initial help by completing a Mental Health First Aid course.
Like physical First Aiders, Mental Health First Aiders do their best to prevent problems developing into something more serious, provide comfort and promote recovery. They have learned how to recognise common mental health problems and can offer immediate aid and support, plus guidance on how to get professional help.
Stigma associated with mental health problems can hinder people from seeking help. People can feel ashamed to discuss these issues with family, friends and work colleagues for fear of what people will think of them.
At MTS we hope to raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination, so that people will find it easier to recognise their problems and feel more comfortable about seeking professional assistance.
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