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March has already given us so much hope, with kids returning to school and more people going back to work. I’m feeling positive for the coming months.
It’s been a busy time here at EDP:
– I’ve been reading up about the new MHFA App, which will provide support to Mental Health First Aiders.
– Continuing to build our Facebook community group for Mental Health First Aiders, you can join here and get involved in the group discussions.
– We’ve got Race Ahead Training programme coming soon… so watch this space!
March is full of some eye opening awareness days, including Eating Disorders Awareness week, World Bipolar Day and Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD).
We are also celebrating Mindful March and International Women’s Day! How have you been getting involved with awareness days in 2021?
Keep reading for some self care tips and our training dates,
Feedback from our recent systemic racism and mental health sessions, including Dame Kelly Holmes training and UWE:
“I learned loads. On a personal level it was so refreshing to learn that I am not the only person carrying white guilt. The outcome of us being allies and active against racism really resonated with me. This should be across the board, anti LGBTQ, anti sexism, etc…Bianca was great at what she does, she made me feel less anxious. She has very good subject knowledge and kept it relevant to racism in the UK/England.”
Self Harm Awareness
Self harm can occur when someone is trying to get relief from negative feelings. The harmer will initially see the positive effects, but then feel shame and sadness over self harming. The cycle then starts again.
Image from Engage Trust
Seeking Attention – The Self-Harm Expert in 60 seconds by Satveer Nijjar
BOOK OF THE MONTH: Chicken Soup For The Soul
“101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit”
You can find it on Amazon
If you’re struggling personally and need someone to talk to without judgement, the Samaritans are always available. You can call them for free 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 116 123, or send an email to email@example.com for a response within 24 hours.
I welcome speaker opportunities, so if you have any upcoming guest slots at any of your events (or even team meetings) and require some mental health expertise, please do get in touch.