Men’s Mental Health Month

Men’s Mental Health Month

In November, The Mental Health Foundation are focusing on men’s mental health – a campaign for anyone who identifies as male or a man and whose mental health may be impacted by pressures associated with this.

Around one in eight men in England has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, this only tells us about mental health problems that have been reported – it’s hard to know if the figures really tell us what’s happening, especially when it comes to men’s mental health.

Other signs that might give a better picture of the state of men’s mental health:

  • Three times as many men as women die by suicide.
  • Men aged 40-49 have the highest suicide rates in the UK.
  • Men report lower levels of life satisfaction than women according to the Government’s national wellbeing survey.
  • Men are less likely to access psychological therapies than women: only 36% of referrals to NHS talking therapies are for men.

Men are also far more likely than women to go missing, sleep rough, become dependent on alcohol and use drugs frequently.

We know that gender stereotypes about women – ideas about how they should behave or look, for example – can be damaging.  It’s also important to consider how men can be damaged by stereotypes too. Society’s expectations and traditional gender roles can make it harder for men to reach out for help and open up.

Activities for Men’s Mental Health Month

4 Mindfulness sessions will be taking place this month, 2 of which are men’s sessions and 2 are mixed. These sessions introduce short practices that can help with stress, anxiety and depression. These techniques can also help us to find more fulfilment in everyday life. You do not have to have your video on, so there is no need to feel self-conscious – you can just listen to the techniques and practice them.   Book via the learning pool here.

There are things you can do to promote Men’s Mental Health Month. This could involve raising awareness of the Mental Health First Aiders, and/or following some of the tips below such as creating a motivational playlist as a team.  If you are going to promote Men’s Mental Health Month within your teams, please let me know what you have planned and how it went.

Please circulate the tips below to your male colleagues:

Tips for men – how to pick yourself up when things get tough:

  • Reach out – chat to a friend or Mental Health First Aider when you start to hide yourself away
  • Have a chat with someone who will listen and not ‘fix’ – a friend, colleague, family or call the Employee Assistance Programme helpline
  • Follow social media accounts that you can relate to
  • Keep up with your routine – or add new structure to your day
  • Get outside for a short walk
  • Read a motivational or inspirational quote – to get perspective
  • Do something new like volunteering
  • Take up a new hobby
  • Get out of your comfort zone – feel a sense of achievement from this
  • Focus on breathing – breathe in and out slowly for 3 minutes
  • Switch off – in a way that works for you, with a book, film, video game etc.
  • Ask a friend how they are – doing something for a friend can make you feel better
  • Make a motivational playlist

Stop and pause – take time to check in with your head by writing or using mindfulness.

In this one hour E-Safety session we will provide hints, tips and best practices for staying safe online. This will include:

  • Understanding Terminology
  • How to spot a scam/phishing email
  • Device Security
  • What are pop ups
  • Multi-Factor authentication
  • Security Tips
  • Filtering options
  • Useful Links

All staff are encouraged to come along to one of the sessions if possible.

Session dates are as follows:

Monday 1st November 10-11am

Wednesday 3rd November 4-5pm

Friday 5th November 1-2pm

 

National Apprenticeship Week

National Apprenticeship Week 2022 will take place from 7 to 13 February 2022.

The annual week-long celebration of apprenticeships, which takes place across England, will showcase how apprenticeships have helped employers of all sizes and sectors, and people of all ages and backgrounds. The various events provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate apprenticeships and bring the whole apprenticeship community together.

The Week will shine a light on the positive differences that apprenticeships can make to individuals, employers and to the wider economy.

Here in North Tyneside, we host the largest Apprenticeship event in the region where a wide range of employers and training providers come together to meet with young people looking to find out more about the apprenticeship system. We are planning to arrange a 2022 “Get up and Go” for Saturday 12th February – look out for details later in the year.

Apprentice Appreciation Week

North Tyneside Councils Employment and Skills Service are very proud of our brilliant apprentices and the difference they make to our work place and communities.

We appreciate the hard work that goes into the planning, administrating and delivery of the programme by a team of dedicated, qualified and enthusiastic staff. Apprentices are vital to our future – helping to shape our workforce so that we can deliver our ambitious plans.

To show our thanks we have pulled together a web page to shine a spotlight on the apprenticeship programme both generally and also from a North Tyneside Council perspective

Whether you are an employer looking for information on how to access the scheme or someone just interested in finding out more about apprenticeships the site ,which can be accessed below, gives you the details you need.

Apprentice Appreciation Week!

 

World Mental Health Day

North Tyneside’s Employment & Skills service are supporting World Mental Health Day, 10th October. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World’. On World Mental Health Day it will have been more than 18 months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In all countries, the pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. Some groups, including health and other frontline workers, students, people living alone, and those with pre-existing mental health conditions, have been particularly affected

As a service we are offering a new suite of mental health and wellbeing training designed to support those working in local communities to promote and support wellbeing. Building awareness of positive mental health, challenges, or conditions which may affect wellbeing and strategies to support those impacted.

Employment and Skills Promoting Mental Wellbeing Suite

For further information and resources around World Mental Health Day visit:

https://www.who.int/campaigns/world-mental-health-day/2021

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