The MHN brings you the latest information on the work by the network organisers and members.

This is also a place for those wishing to share their personal struggles and experiences.

Mental Health Network E-Library Contains Mental Health Advice & Information

Resource documents can be found in the Mental Health Network E-Library. They are available to download from the 'password protected' area of this website, and contain Quiet Room Posters and document template on risk assessment for a mental health condition known as Psychosis, Mania or Schizoaffective Disorder.

You can go to the MHN E-library here

Unionsafety E-Library Contains Mental Health Advice & Information


As regular readers of and this Mental Health Network page, the E-Library on the main site is available from the front page as shown above. Full details here

HSE Publish Their Health And safety Statistics For 2023

Published on 22 November 2023, the latest statistics on work-related health and safety in Great Britain, including the following key annual figures for work related mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. (2022 to 2023): News item here

Mental Health Foundation Wants Your Positive Mental Health Images - Win Up To £600

Now is your chance to promote a positive image of Mental Health and to win some cash too. MHF says, "We’re creating a freely available library of images that represent real people looking after their mental health, and you don’t need to be a professional to take part." Full details here

Quiet Rooms Support Mental Health At Work

Marvin Bowers has created a Quiet Room using office partitions, seating, book case and tables. He explains how he did it to Unionsafety here

World Mental Health Day 2023

A Message From NW Regional Mental Health Network

CWU NW Regional Mental Health Network Supports World Mental Health Day 2023

See their latest Sway presentation here

World Mental Health Day 2023

Can a simple thing as a Life Jacket help save your mental health and prevent a suicide? A new and simple idea of leaving Life Jackets in public places with a blank canvas to allow members of the public to write their own message of support for those suffering from mental health crisis in the hope of turning someone's life around, is a unique project in suicide prevention, Full details here

World Mental Health Day 2023

This year's World Mental Health Day, takes place on Tuesday 10th October. Promoting it, Mental Health Foundation England has developed a number of free and downloadable resources to encourage participation and help improve mental health in the workplace. Full details here

Ripple Suicide Prevention Web Browser Extension Saves Lives

A cyber security specialist who lost her brother to suicide went on to invent a Suicide Prevention Tool called Ripple.

Full details can be found here

WHO Update Their Advice On Suicide Prevention

The World Health Organisation has updated their advice on Suicide Prevention, and a further WHO document on the part the media can play, is available to download too. Full details here

New Petition On Suicide Prevention Needs Your Signature

Suicide prevention and the counting of work related suicide incidents within the HSE RIDDOR statistics is the aim of this new petition to the UK Government. Full details here

Baton Of Hope Suicide Prevention Tour Begins

It began today 25th June in Glasgow and features runners holding a specially designed Olympic-style torch, with the aim of carrying it across the UK to raise public awareness to biggest preventable killer of adults under 35 in this land.

Aimed at bringing to the public eye and that of the Government to address the crisis in mental health care, that has led to what is almost an epidemic of young adults taking their own lives. Full details here

Ripple Suicide Prevention Software Tool Extension For All Internet Browsers

A cyber security specialist who lost her brother to suicide went on to invent a Suicide Prevention Tool called Ripple.

Ripple exists to provide people with a voice, choice, empowerment and control at a time when they are most vulnerable., and is s simple web browser which pops up when a person uses a search engine to seek for ways to end their life. Full news item here

Petition Calls For A 24/7 Mental Health Emergency Helpline

A petition calling for the provision of a Mental Health Emergency Helpline phone number, nationally available on a 24/7 basis; is being called for by the family of a young man aged 23 who committed suicide in January 2021.

Full details in this news item here

Mental Health Awareness Week Begins

This week in support of this annual event, additional documentation and support services will appear in the e-library of these pages.

Announcing the week, CWU Health, Safety, and Environment National Officer Dave Joyce wrote in his latest letter to CWU branches:

'The week will explore the experience of anxiety, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing anxiety in our communities and workplaces.

Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem.'

The news item containing Dave's LTB can be read here

There is also a new Ms Sway document available via this website link Written by David Brownbill CWU Greater Merseyside Amal Branch Lead Learning Rep. It details a new course entitled Introduction To Adolescent Mental Health.

The document is in fact a learning course designed to provide those taking the course with the tools to explore new and different approaches which will help them reflect on the different ways that a young person who is struggling you can be identified and consideration given to how they can access support.

Mental Health First Aider Designs Poster To Encourage Talking

Talking is the main reason why those feeling so bad they see suicide as the only way out, are able to step back from the precipice. Gary Owens knows first hand how people can struggle in talking about their mental health issues, and has designed a poster detailing support groups and organisations. The full story is here

Mental Health Awareness Week 2023 New Report On Anxiety

With this year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme being 'Anxiety', the Mental Health Foundation has produced a report into the levels of the mental health condition being experienced in the UK. You can read the news item here

TUC North West Conference Supports CWU's Motion On Mental Health Network

A motion from the CWU North West Regional Committee on the formation of a TUC NW Mental Health Network was carried this week at the TUC's AGM and Conference. Moved by Emma Garner. Report here

Video Messages of Hope 2022

Support and encouragement and knowing you are not alone to suffer in silence, is a key priority for those working as CWU Mental health First Aiders and indeed for anyone concerned about a colleague, friend or family member.

Video messages of hope are a powerful way to support and encourage those struggling with mental health issues.

Watch here

New Documents Added To The MHN E-Library

Today additional documents have been added to the Mental Health Network E-Library. They are available to download from the 'password protected' area of this website, and contain Quiet Room Posters and document template on risk assessment for a mental health condition known as Psychosis, Mania or Schizoaffective Disorder. You can go to the E-library here

Well-Being Workshops For Men Free From 3rd November

Wellbeing Workshops CIC is a not- for profit organisation which aims to embed a culture of happiness and health throughout the community. They work with all ages to explore what wellbeing means to them and equip participants of their workshops with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to live a happy and healthy life.

More information here

MHFA World Mental Health Day 2022 Newsletter

CWU's Mental Health First Aiders (MHFA) are there in workplaces to help and support their colleagues, from just being a friendly listener to being able to suggest sources of help for mental health difficulties being endured by workplace colleagues.

CWU MHFA James Morgan based in Birkenhead D.O. has issued a Health & Safety Newsletter for World Mental Health Day 2022 to all his workplace colleagues, providing them with information and sources of advice. You can read and download it here

World Mental Health Day 2022 - 10th October

Today is a day on which we focus on mental health across the world, and especially on our local communities, and on our family, friends and loved ones. Mental health is a major issue on the UK now brought on by years of austerity and culminating in the economic crisis we are now facing in this country.

Full details and new Sway Document can be read here


New Document Supporting Ex-Army Personnel

With many ex-army personnel now being recruited into the Royal Mail Group, Jamie McGovern from the NW CWU NW Regional Mental Health Network has produced a new document explaining the Armed Forces Covenant and what it is.

Details here

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 - 10th September 2022

Suicide is a Global Issue and it's prevention is of paramount importance to those who's lives are blighted with such mental health misery that they feel their only answer is to take their own lives.

Full news item here

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 Support From
North West CWU Mental Health Network

Support for the event and the prevention of suicide is a key moment for the MHN as this year's WSPD is on this coming Saturday.

Video and posters, plus support signposting can be accessed here

July's Mental Health Blog - Nikki Booth

The CWU North West Mental Health Network invite you to read this month’s Mental health blog.

This blog relays the impact of the pandemic on our forgotten heroes’ and heroines of the pandemic: our cleaning colleagues.

We ask our North West Region CWU members from all grades to Please respect your cleaning colleagues and Respect their fight for a deserved pay rise, they have undoubtedly saved lives during the pandemic and stopped a much worse spread of a deadly virus in many, many workplaces.

‘Touch point’ deep cleaning, ‘Quarantine cleaning’, ‘Covid outbreak cleaning’, contaminated PPE disposal along with ‘first respondent’ cleaning at the very height of the Covid 19 pandemic was the outstanding work service they gave.

This work service placed them in the very highest level of vulnerability and risk. Solidarity and Respect to each and every one of them.

Their fight is our fight!

Read Nikki's Blog, Everyone Has Value here

All We Have To Do Is Keep Talking!

The story of one of the NW CWU Mental Health First Aiders working in Warrington DO. In her own words, Alison Banks writes about her experience helping colleagues at her workplace.

Read her story here

Mental Health Support Awareness Calendar 2022

Support for those with mental health challenges, support is not a once a year requirement, but is something that is often far more constant.

A calendar of awareness activities being held throughout the year has been produced by the NW Mental Health Network.

You can access it here in Word format and also as a PDF file to download here

CWU Member Chris Evans Shares His Personal Struggle

For many the opportunity to share their personal situation, experiences, and struggles with mental health problems, can be a source of comfort in the thoughts that in doing so; they may be able to help others in a similar position.

Chris decided to make a video just prior to going to the CWU's annual conference in April this year.

You can watch his candid and emotional video here

CWU North West Region -Time To Talk Day 3rd February 2022

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation and it’s taking place TODAY! It’s the day that friends, families, communities, and workplaces come together to talk, listen and change lives.

Full details in the Sway Document here Watch the Time To Talk Day Video here

Beehives And Flowers Brighten Up The Workplaces Says Diane

From going to work and entering a depressing work site, to the beauty of flowers and Bee Hives! That is the work of one Diane whose inspiration was to provide her work colleagues with a picturesque scene when coming to work everyday. A boost to your mental health say many.

Read her story here

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