As a Mental Health First Aider and Mental Health First Aider instructor for the CWU, I am always empowered by seeing how many people in the CWU community are ready to step forward to help support others.
Our network has now grown from half a dozen to over 100 active members now.
We are consistently now supporting people through the simple act of conversation in our workplaces in the Northwest.
Because of us in this region pursuing an “active listening” plan of action with our colleagues, we have thankfully now been able put in place many, many tailored work plans, along with reasonable adjustments in a big number of workplaces in the Northwest Region.
As our knowledge continues to expand on Mental Health support and Mental Health disability in work, so does our desire to support as many people as we can.
We are proud to continue with the HOPE pledge and must rigorously strive to Help Our People Excel.
We must always be ready to support our colleagues and each other.
Why Mental Health is important to me:
The nation faces a mental health crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
More people than ever will need mental health and wellbeing support.
We know that opening up to mental health is not always easy.
Doing small things can make a big difference for a friend, relative, or colleague who is struggling.
Together we can make a real difference, the smallest of conversations can change someone’s life.
As a Mental Health First Aider and Ambassador I will continue to support our colleagues by signposting, raising awareness and campaigning to reduce the stigma attached to mental health conditions.
Why Mental Health is Important to me:
Having experienced depression and anxiety since childhood, I know first hand the huge impact mental health conditions can have on our quality of life.
I also know how well it’s possible to be when conditions are well managed and how much brighter life can be.
Mental health exists on a continuum. Any one of us can find ourselves where we don’t want to be on that scale at some point. With so many people affected, our employers must adjust to allow people with mental health conditions to participate fully at work.
The CWU NW strives to support members and to hold employers to account. I’m proud to be a small part of that and so proud of all the CWU members and reps who are dedicated to supporting each other to feel well.