A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

A WORD FROM OUR DIRECTOR, BARRIE PENROSE

The human mind constantly searches for meaning and this can make things seem even harder when faced with a situation like Covid-19. With questions like: ‘Why has this happened?’ ‘What does it mean for me?’ and perhaps, ‘Who is to blame!’ repeatedly invading our thoughts it is very difficult to simply take stock of the situation and calmly get on with things like many are advising. It’s not that this advice is wrong, rather we need to allow for a psychological adjustment period for those who need it.

In my policing days, if an officer was exposed to a trauma that caused them distress, there was very little done in the first two weeks. It was accepted that this period needed to pass before any treatment would start. The officer’s mind would be allowed to naturally process the incident and return itself to a state of in equilibrium. This process of dealing with trauma is something which has evolved over many thousands of years and we’re actually very good at it. It’s in our nature to be resilient; we wouldn’t have made it this far in time had we not been.

As the situation with Covid-19 evolves quickly and people search for impossible answers and struggle with the uncertainty of the future I think it important to remember many of us are suffering a trauma. Shock is widespread, as is denial, and many people have been left numb and feeling low. My advice is very general and should not be substituted for proper, specific medical advice where you or a person you know seems to be having an adverse reaction to current pressures. My advice however, is treat this situation like any other traumatic event. Give yourself some space to adjust to the new environment many of us are now in. Accept any unpleasant feelings as a normal healthy reaction and trust that your mind and body is able to deal with these shocks if only you allow it.

I don’t want to overload this message with recommended actions and mental health tips. For me, this is a time for finding our ‘norm,’ a place where we start to feel at ease. Stay in touch with friends and loved ones and take time out to consider your perspective on what are the valuable things in your life. And, if you are able to do so at this time, remind yourself of how grateful you are for having these things.

Myself, and the team at Resilient People, will be following up with more support and strategies to help get through this challenging time.

For now though, good health and best wishes to you and your nearest.

Barrie

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

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A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

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Why Fundraising and Volunteering Can Play a Role in Positive Mental Health

A fantastic way to enhance your happiness is to volunteer, fundraise or be kind to others

Studies show that people who volunteer and help others have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. This could be through small unplanned acts, such as a smile, thoughtful gesture or regular volunteering. Scientifically, there is a proven link between happiness and helping others. Neuro-activity in the brain shows that giving rather than receiving creates a greater sense of happiness and fulfilment.

 

What are the benefits of volunteering for your mental health?

As well as the external benefits, such as making a difference to the life of others, other benefits include:

  • keeping things in perspective
  • making you feel part of a community or team effort
  • helping others to feel good – which in turn, makes us feel good too!
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving self-esteem

 

What are Resilient People doing?

Our chosen charity is the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract and we are doing lots of things this year to support this fantastic organisation with their support of people with life-limiting conditions and their families in the Five Towns region.

Our Resilient People team have already organised a Coffee Morning on behalf of the Prince of Wales Hospice, raising £1,137, which equates to 64 hours of nursing care.

In addition, some of our team will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks in September and we will also be doing the Starlight Walk.

We have also recruited the whole family to join in our ’30 Miles for 30 Years‘ Challenge: #WalkingTrailsForThePrinceOfWales.

We have also been collecting bags of clothes and bric-a-brac to be donated to the local charity shops. The challenge set by the hospice was to donate 30 bags for 30 years to be collected on 30th July. We have smashed this total, with 50 bags being collected and a total of £1000 in bag donations alone!

Raising money for the Prince of Wales is something that is close to our hearts for many reasons, many personal, and being able to make a difference to others has been wonderful. Our goal was to raise £1,000. We have already met this goal, but we are determined to carry on raising as much money as we can for the hospice over this very important year.

You can keep up-to-date with our fundraising, events and achievements by following us on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Resilient-People-Ltd-235630169822076/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/resilient-people-limited

Twitter: @GetResilientUK

If you want to support our efforts, please take a look at our fundraising page – any support is greatly received: https://www.pwh.org.uk/support-us/waystogive/fundraising/view-fundraising-pages/resilient-people?fbclid=IwAR3FU_inHmuLH_9fmcoRQ3ZApbkhwhHBa7jBAoebEOfLACDJ4dg70mzZ60c

Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far by attending our events, donating items and sponsoring our team!

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

30.03.2020

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

30.03.2020

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

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Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

MHFA Open Course 16 – 17 January 2019

Recently, we delivered our first MHFA Open Course at the Kyte Hotel, Darrington. Delegates from a range of backgrounds, including construction, security and finance, came from across the UK to participate in the MHFA course.

Over the two day training, through discussion, tasks and activities, delegates learned about the signs and symptoms of different mental health conditions, how to support someone displaying signs of a mental health condition and how to practise self-care too.

We are every proud to share this photo of the delegates, who were all successful in being accredited as a Mental Health First Aiders, able to offer support and promote wellbeing within their organisations and everyday life.

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

30.03.2020

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

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When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

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Building Employee Resilience: Supporting You to Support Your Teams

This workshop is designed for managers, supervisors and team leaders to support them in understanding their own stress and coping mechanisms before looking at ways to recognise signs of mental ill health in their teams, respond with appropriate and useful strategies to support them and to resolve issues through well-being and resilience strategies.

As well as exploring some individual trigger points of stress and resilience, the sessions include role plays and scenarios to explore how to communicate and respond to mental ill health effectively.

All of our sessions are tailored to the needs of each organisation that we work with to make sure that it is the perfect fit for every business, and we facilitate useful, informative discussions to make sure managers, line managers and supervisors are prepared, confident and effective when supporting others with their mental health.

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

30.03.2020

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

30.03.2020

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

30.03.2020

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2018

Some of our team exhibited at the recent Health and Wellbeing @ Work 2018 conference on 6th-7th March.

Over the two busy days, we had the opportunity to chat and connect with a range of people and discuss some of our Resilience services, all supporting organisations to recognise signs of mental ill health, respond with appropriate and suitable strategies, and resolve issues with a range of resilience and wellbeing services.

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

30.03.2020

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

30.03.2020

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

30.03.2020

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

Mental Health First Aid and Its Benefits: IOSH Regional Branch Meeting

On Thursday 15th March, Director Barrie Penrose delivered a speech on Mental Health First Aid at the IOSH Regional Branch meeting on Mental Health at York Race Course.

As an accredited MHFA trainer, the professional health and safety membership organisation invited Barrie to share information about Mental Health First Aid training. Accredited by Mental Health First Aid England, the training and support materials provide a step by step approach to help organisations to create a healthy environment introduce awareness-raising initiatives, identify the first signs of mental ill health and support staff who are experiencing an issue.

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

30.03.2020

A Dose of Calm: A Note from our Director

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

30.03.2020

When the unexpected happens ………. How to maintain positive Mental Health during challenging times

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working

30.03.2020

Remote Reassurance: Caring for your Employees’ Mental Wellbeing During Self-isolation and Remote Working