Connect Magazine – December 2017/January 2018

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Keep us in Mind in 2018

Mind Jersey, the local Mental Health charity, was delighted to receive an invitation from Connect to submit a range of articles for inclusion, each month, in the magazine. For each edition we have featured a different aspect of the varied work and campaigning that the charity undertakes. We welcome the renewed emphasis that is being placed upon mental health issues, both nationally and locally, and continue to campaign for increased awareness about, and understanding of, the importance of all islanders seeking and maintaining their own good mental health.

During the year we have featured the work we are undertaking with a growing number of Jersey employers in the promotion of healthy and supportive workplaces. To do this we have invested in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training, an educational course which enables people how to identify, understand and help a colleague who may be developing a mental health problem.

We have also featured our Family and Carers’ service. We believe that Carers have an essential role to play in the care that might be provided for their loved one, experiencing mental health difficulties; they should be treated with respect, as an equal partner, and listened to and heard. We are proud of the Youthful Minds group which promotes young peoples’ (aged 11-25) participation in a range of activities that enables them to make a positive contribution to improving mental health services. Our Peer Support service is provided by volunteers who have experienced mental illness first hand and can testify to the possibility and power of recovery; this puts them in a unique position to understand not only the signs and symptoms, but also what it feels like. They come from diverse backgrounds and have been trained to provide purposeful one-to-one support based on empathy and experience.

Taking steps to look after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health and during the year we offered some tips for those living with a mental health problem. These included telling people, including family and friends, what helps and learning how to spot your own ‘early warning’ signs.

Mind Jersey Executive Director, James Le Feuvre, says “Investment in low intensity and early interventions should be a priority; we know that supporting young people as they make the sometimes difficult transition into the adult world makes sense. We also know that supporting employers in developing healthy workplaces is good for employees, employers and the bottom line”.

“Mind Jersey is very grateful for the increased recognition that it is gaining in the island as this enables us to continue to campaign and to tackle stigma whenever and wherever it occurs. We are also greatly indebted to the many individuals and organisations that have continued to support us in 2017 and look forward to working with them, and others, in 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to send them, and all readers, a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year”.

Mind Jersey is a small and independent local mental health charity with a vision of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all and treats people with experience of mental illness, fairly, positively and with respect. Mind Jersey provides support and help so that people can take control of their mental health and live full lives.

Anyone wishing to obtain more information about Mind Jersey is welcome to visit us on Facebook or access the Mind Jersey website: www.mindjersey.org

View the full article in Connect here.

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