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Exploring What Matters… By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 19 Mar, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Exploring What Matters… By Jane McNeice

On 26th January 2017 I began to ‘explore what matters’ though my journey took a different route than I expected… As a trainer in mental health, in particular Mental Health First Aid courses, I felt like I wanted to widen my knowledge and experience. Of particular interest was the area of positive psychology and the concept that is happiness. Around the same time, I fortuitously made the discovery of a relatively new internationally recognised course developed by Action for Happiness and suitably titled ‘Exploring What Matters’ I learned that...

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Playing to Your Strengths, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 3 Mar, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Playing to Your Strengths, By Jane McNeice

When Mind Matters was invited to contribute to the delivery of an innovative new programme to support families with their mental health we were delighted at the opportunity! ‘Playing to Your Strengths’ is a pioneering new programme of delivery working with families in the Dearne area of Barnsley/Rotherham. Families would be supported by Mind Matters and other partners, including lead partner Station House Community Association, through the internationally recognised Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid training to develop...

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Office Temperature affects Staff Wellbeing

Posted by on 3 Mar, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Office Temperature affects Staff Wellbeing

Over the past few weeks the great British weather has yet again been a major talking point; one day quite mild, dry and bright conditions the next storm Doris takes hold, blowing in the cold, rain and snow and causing road traffic and other travel chaos throughout the UK. Clearly as a business owner or employer you have responsibilities to ensure an appropriate working environment for your staff. But, as the temperature outside is constantly changing, it’s often difficult to gauge how to set the temperature indoors, especially when older...

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A Journey to Recovery through Art, By Andy Hollinghurst

Posted by on 7 Feb, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

A Journey to Recovery through Art, By Andy Hollinghurst

We are often defined by what we do, not who we are. Sometimes you wonder how low you can go and if you have been at the top of your profession it’s a long way down. I used to be a head teacher. Over the last year or so when asked what I do, I say I am Andy Hollinghurst, an artist, who campaigns for mental health organisations such as Time to Change, Mind and Mental Health First Aid England. Now, I am a’ Head Teacher,’ a teacher of heads, but fundamentally Andy an artist, check out www.andyhollinghurst.com . I have changed my talks recently;...

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Learning How to Cope with Social Anxiety, By Barbara Markway

Posted by on 13 Jan, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Learning How to Cope with Social Anxiety, By Barbara Markway

Most of us can relate to feeling anxious before a big speech, a job interview, or a first date. But for some, the experience is much more than butterflies in the stomach. If you worry a great deal about what others think of you, you have social anxiety. You might be uncomfortable returning items to a store or ordering pizza over the phone. You might avoid social gatherings. You may have few or no close friends. Perhaps you’ve turned down job promotions because you feared needing to make presentations. Maybe you even use alcohol or drugs to...

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‘Time to Talk’ you say? #TimetoTalk By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 13 Jan, 2017 in Mental Health | 0 comments

‘Time to Talk’ you say? #TimetoTalk By Jane McNeice

The stigma around mental health is well documented, with 9 out of 10 service users (87%) in the Time to Change ‘Stigma Shout’ report highlighting its negative impact on their lives (Time to Change, 2008). People often find that the associated stigma of mental health problems is in fact a greater issue that the actual mental health problem itself. Stigma and discrimination take a variety of forms, direct, indirect, institutional, and many others. Such stigma and discrimination prevents people that need help from accessing appropriate support,...

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The Sound of Productivity, By totaljobs

Posted by on 27 Dec, 2016 in Mental Health | 0 comments

The Sound of Productivity, By totaljobs

A new psychology-led report from totaljobs, finds there is a link between music, mental well-being, and productivity. Key statistics include: 79% of people would benefit from listening to music at work 59% of employees say listening to music at work improves their mental well-being, and overall mood Worryingly, 38% of people are not allowed to listen to it On average 26% of people have no control over the music they listen to at work (which can impact their well-being) The Sound of Productivity report is based on data from 4,500+ responses...

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New Year, New You: Will you be making a New Year’s Resolution this January? By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 20 Dec, 2016 in Mental Health | 0 comments

New Year, New You: Will you be making a New Year’s Resolution this January? By Jane McNeice

And so we step into a New Year, some with trepidation, others with bold strides – out with the old, in with the new and all that stuff. And so some of you may be contemplating a New Years Resolution, our annual commitment to positive self-improvement! Some will take this seriously, others light-heartedly, some will share it, others will do it privately, but all in all evidence suggests that for many of us it might be short-lived. So we might be drawn into thinking that we shouldn’t bother with a New Year’s Resolution this...

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New & Improved Mental Health First Aid! By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 14 Dec, 2016 in Mental Health | 0 comments

New & Improved Mental Health First Aid! By Jane McNeice

Mind Matters and I are delighted to share that our flagship course, the MHFA (England) licensed 2 day Mental Health First Aid training course, or as it is newly titled ‘Adult MHFA’ has received a re-branding and excellent product overhaul. MHFA (England) have also updated their branding with a new MHFA logo representing a sharing of minds, and other interpretations. The new materials include new graphics, images, and other aesthetic changes, but most importantly key improvements to the course, which include: A revision of ALGEE,...

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Did ‘Character’ get filed away under ‘Selfie': Challenges for Millennials & Generation Z, By Jane McNeice

Posted by on 7 Dec, 2016 in Mental Health | 0 comments

Did ‘Character’ get filed away under ‘Selfie': Challenges for Millennials & Generation Z, By Jane McNeice

We’re under little illusion that our young people of today are exposed to ever increasing challenges as they endure the usual quagmire that is adolescence. Only too readily to I recall my own and what seemed like huge issues – acne, boys, friendships, school – issues, which on reflection were relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. But nowadays our young people’s lives are played out and fastidiously mapped on social media, generating a story for themselves and others to see, for a long time! While the merits...

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