Let­ting na­ture help your men­tal health

Hamilton News - - COMMUNITY - Kim Cable

Ac­cord­ing to Pressgo, one of the main prob­lems we face to­day is the lack of men­tal health aware­ness in the work­place.

Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week is Oc­to­ber 8-14 this year. In­creased aware­ness of men­tal health is valu­able to our peo­ple, our com­mu­ni­ties and our work­places.

This year the theme for Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week is Let na­ture in, strength­en­ing your well­be­ing — Ma¯ te ta­iao kia whaka­pakari to¯ u oranga! The theme is a re­minder that na­ture can sup­port your well­be­ing.

As part of this aware­ness cam­paign you will no­tice a num­ber of green rib­bons tied around trees through­out Hamil­ton. These green rib­bons sym­bol­ise men­tal health.

Pressgo is a bou­tique, com­mu­ni­ty­minded busi­ness pro­vid­ing tai­lored in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion to work­places seek­ing to be­come healthy and vi­brant. They de­liver a com­bi­na­tion of work­shops, events, in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to meet spe­cific needs and re­quests of busi­nesses. The work­shops cover a range of top­ics in­clud­ing health and dis­abil­ity aware­ness, and creation of em­ployee well­ness plans.

Cather­ine Cook, Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at Pressgo says that when talk­ing about men­tal health it is time to high­light gaps be­tween rhetoric and re­al­ity. Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week is a good time to con­sider train­ing your staff in Men­tal Health First Aid.

“Our Men­tal Health First Aid cour­ses give peo­ple the con­fi­dence and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to sup­port each other. Learn how to iden­tify the signs of a men­tal ill­ness, how to have the Men­tal Health con­ver­sa­tion at work , lis­ten non­judg­men­tally, help some­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a crises and how to guide them to get the sup­port they need,” says Cather­ine.

The next Men­tal Health First Aid work­shop is on 16 Oc­to­ber. Find out more about be­com­ing a qual­i­fied Men­tal Health First Aider — www.pressgo.co.nz

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If you are won­der­ing about the green rib­bons on trees in Hamil­ton, they are to high­light Men­tal Health Aware­ness Week.

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