Mental health is becoming a topic that many people are slowly becoming aware of. However, being aware of a topic and understanding it are two different things. Many of us are constantly balancing our mental health and other commitments such as work, education, and other personal commitments.
When we have such busy lives, we tend to push the “not important stuff” to the back of our minds and completely focus on the “important stuff”. This tends to mainly be related to other people and as human beings, we become quite selfless. Being selfless has its pros and cons as well. We start caring so much more about other people and letting them down, that we start letting ourselves down.
As a company, working in recruitment has taught us that having a job is not just about the services that you provide, but also about going out of your way and listening to the struggles that candidates go through. This is not something that we have to do, but it is something that we want to do. This is something that we do out of the goodness of our hearts, and it is something that everyone in any industry should do as well.
As human beings, we have all been through a lot of tough moments in our lives whether that has been publicly or personally. It is important to take a break from any commitments that we can take a break from. Most of us who work know that we have annual leave, and we always keep it saved for holidays, but we never take them off for the days that our body and mind need a rest. This is also a sign of us being selfless because we always think twice before ‘wasting’ our annual leave for anything rather than a holiday.
It is important to take a break when our body needs one, especially our mind. We can never function properly when we have dark clouds surrounding our minds. A lot of people will not understand this phrase, but people who suffer from mental health issues will understand it. The same way we struggle to work on a messy desk before clearing it up, our mind works in the same way. We need to have a clean and clear conscience to be able to function efficiently.
So… it is time to put YOURSELF first.
Take a break.
Heal yourself and your mind.
We will be leaving some mental health communications online for any of you who are struggling and just need to open up to someone.
·Samaritans. To talk about anything that is upsetting you, you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can call 116 123 (free from any phone), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit some branches in person. You can also call the Samaritans Welsh Language Line on 0808 164 0123 (7pm–11pm every day).
·National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK. Offers a supportive listening service to anyone with thoughts of suicide. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7).
·Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). You can call the CALM on 0800 58 58 58 (5pm–midnight every day) if you are struggling and need to talk. Or if you prefer not to speak on the phone, you could try the CALM webchat service.
·Papyrus HOPELINEUK. If you're under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings, or concerned about a young person who might be struggling, you can call Papyrus HOPELINEUK on 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm), email email@example.com or text 07786 209 697.
·Nightline. If you're a student, you can look on the Nightline website to see if your university or college offers a night-time listening service. Nightline phone operators are all students too.
·Switchboard. If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, you can call Switchboard on 0300 330 0630 (10am–10pm every day), email firstname.lastname@example.org or use their webchat service. Phone operators all identify as LGBT+.
·C.A.L.L. If you live in Wales, you can call the Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.) on 0800 132 737 (open 24/7) or you can text 'help' followed by a question to 81066.
·Helplines Partnership. For more options, visit the Helplines Partnership website for a directory of UK helplines. Mind's Infoline can also help you find services that can support you. If you're outside the UK, the Befrienders Worldwide website has a tool to search by country for emotional support helplines around the world.
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