Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

A sub-division of Curian Medical, Curian Minds is a dedicated provider of talking therapies in the UK, specialising in delivering psychotherapy services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Bereavement Counselling, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as a range of further treatments nationwide to both the personal injury and occupational health sectors.

All business and industries have a legal and moral duty of care to their workforce and should recognise the need for mental health training within their company.   Over 20 million working days are lost each year in connection with mental health issues.  By working with Curian Minds we can assist you to;

  • reduce stress and lost work days and create a healthier workplace
  • improve understanding of the impact of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace
  • recognise some of the most common signs and symptoms of mental health conditions
  • provide guidance on providing support to someone with a mental health condition
  • increase staff morale

We work with the employer at the outset to learn more about your workplace, employees and your learning objectives in order that we can develop a bespoke mental health awareness training package for your organisation.

Just an example of some of the content can include;

  • Wellbeing at work – what can affect this (personal life and work factors, legislation)
  • Overview of common mental health disorders (signs, symptoms of anxiety, depression and include stress)
  • Intervention tools – CBT cycle, mindfulness
  • How employers/team leaders can support employees (supervision and support)
  • Basic counselling skills to use in 1:1 meetings (additional CBT based resources for goal setting, problem solving etc.)
  • severe and enduring mental health issues such as bipolar depression, schizophrenia, etc.

We will work with you to ensure that our training compliments your health and wellbeing strategy and we will be happy to discuss how delivery of training takes place (on-site or at alternative premises).  Training can be delivered flexibly over half or full day sessions and will be a mix of presentations, group work activities and discussions.

We can also arrange for your employees to have access to our therapists who are located conveniently throughout the whole of the UK who are on hand to provide responsive, quality treatment at convenient locations.  We also provide access to remote psychological services for;

  • individuals who may be housebound
  • people who travel frequently or are unable to commit to regular face to face appointments
  • people who live in remote areas without access to local therapists
  • carers or individuals who have dependents and are unable to attend regular face to face appointments

Curian Minds were created on the ideal that effective, quality care should be available nationwide at a reasonable cost. Therefore we maintain the following principles;

  • The needs of our clients come first
  • Our services shall be clinically led
  • Therapy is accessible and affordable
  • Clinical outcomes are measurable

We believe in goal orientated outcomes that can be quantified, therefore we provide reports on treatment, including scales of assessment and psychometric testing such as the Depression and Anxiety Stress Scale or the Revised Children’s Anxiety and Depression Scale (RCADS).

To explore how we can work with your organisation to support with the mental health and wellbeing of your employees, do contact Martin Eccles, our Business Relationship Manager on 07495 780864 or by emailing meccles@curianmedical.co.uk

#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2018 #MentalHealthMatters #Wellbeing

How learning can improve our mental wellbeing

Learning new skills can be useful, but research shows it can also improve our mental wellbeing.  People who carry on learning after childhood report higher wellbeing and a greater ability to cope with stress. They also report more feelings of self-esteem, hope and purpose.  Learning often involves interacting with other people and this can also increase our wellbeing by helping us build and strengthen social relationships.

It doesn’t have to mean getting more qualifications. There are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life.

Why not try learn something new today? Here are some ideas:

  • Sign up for a class
  • Read a book
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new language
  • Take up a hobby that challenges you

Broadening our minds helps us gain insight into life, ourselves, and the world around us, which are all good things for our mental wellbeing.

#mentalhealth #stress #depression #mentalhealthmatters #learning

Eating and Drinking Sensibly

What we eat and drink can affect how we feel.  We are regularly told that eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and not filling up on sugary and fatty foods is beneficial for our body. Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well too. Sharing mealtimes, either with family and friends or with work colleagues can also be beneficial. Shared meals offer the opportunity to reflect on your day and listen and interact with others.

Get others involved in your healthy eating plans too, from sharing the grocery shopping to helping with the planning of meals and the cooking!

A balanced diet not only has a positive impact on your mood and wellbeing but other benefits include;

  • increased energy and stamina
  • improved sleep and concentration
  • helps you to maintain a healthy body weight
  • can lower your risk of developing chronic health risks such as heart disease and cancer

It’s easy to try to convince ourselves that alcohol will make us feel better and many of us enjoy having a drink now and then, but remember that alcohol is actually a depressant and can affect your mood. Alcohol can temporarily alleviate feelings of anxiety and depression and it is often used in an attempt to help with sleep or mood.  However, drinking alcohol is not a good way to manage difficult feelings, it can make existing mental health problems worse as once the alcohol wears off it can leave you feeling worse due to its effects on your brain and rest of your body.

Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and keeping at least two days per week alcohol-free is beneficial for your wellbeing.  The current recommended levels are;

  • 3-4 units per day for men and
  • 2-3 units per day for women

 

#mentalhealth #stress #depression #mentalhealthmatters #HealthyLiving

Physical activity and mental health

Our next top tip for improving mental health and wellbeing for #MentalhealthAwarenessWeek2018 is keeping active.

We all know that physical activity is good for your body, but did you know that physical activity is also beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing?

There are lots of ways to be active it doesn’t have to mean doing sport or going to the gym. You could use your lunch hour to take a brisk walk, get off the bus a stop earlier or even doing exercises in your living room.

Physical activity has not only been shown to have a positive impact on our mood but it also relieves stress, improves memory, and can help you sleep better.

Under stress your muscles may be tense and this can leave you with back or neck pain, or headaches. Physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body and when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.

Make physical activity a fun part of your everyday life;

  • Go walking with family or friends, or how about a bike ride
  • Dance to music at home or even take up lessons
  • Mowing the lawn and tending to your garden is another good way of building physical activity in to your routine

Even a small change can boost your morale, give you a sense of achievement and help you to feel better in yourself.

So importantly, have fun with whatever physical activity you choose to do!

#mentalhealth #stress #depression #mentalhealthmatters

Improving mental health and wellbeing

One of our tips for improving mental health and wellbeing over this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2018 is by building and maintaining good relationships with others.

Friends and family can play a key role in helping someone live or recover from mental health problems.  When someone struggles with their mental health it is important to keep friendships going.

If you are yet to tell a friend that you may not be coping and you are considering doing so, you may wish to think about;

  • Method of communication – whether this will be either face to face, over the telephone or you may even wish to write them a letter
  • Location and setting – whether you will be meeting on your own or part of a larger group.  Will you be talking in a setting which is quiet where there is less distraction
  • Activity – you could be on a walk, having a catch up over coffee or chat with someone whilst at work

When are where you start your conversation is not as important as having the conversation in the first place. Feeling comfortable and having trust in that someone is a good starting point.

Be as honest and open as you can and don’t feel afraid to suggest things they can do to help you.  Different people can offer different kinds of support and help, so try to think of what your needs are and who in your family or friends might best respond to that need.

If you feel unable to talk to family or friends other forms of help are available such as speaking with your GP or contacting the Samaritans.  The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day – in full confidence.  Call them free on 116 123

Sharing a problem is very often the first step in recovery.

#mentalhealth #stress #depression #mentalhealthmatters

Mental Health Awareness Week

Today is the first day of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2018 (14th-20th May).  The topic this year is stress.

Over the coming week we look forward to sharing with you tips on improving mental health and wellbeing as well as sharing some statistics and information on the services Curian Minds provide to employees, employers and individuals.

#MHAW #MentalHealthMatters #Stress

#WalkThisMay

We all know that walking and being physically active is good for our bodies, but did you know that it has great benefits for our mental health and wellbeing too?

Benefits

  • Reduced feelings of stress and anxiety
  • A greater sense of calm
  • Happier moods
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced risk of depression

So with May being National Walking Month, why not take the opportunity to introduce more physical activity such as walking into your routine.

#WalkThisMay