The Topic of the month at IPS International this November is Mental Health Awareness.
What is ill Mental Health?
Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions or disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour.
Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviours. Many people have mental health concerns from time to time.
Symptoms to look out for
Everyone can have an off day it’s normal, but if those types of feelings persist don’t be afraid to ask for help. What signs should you look out for, a few examples below:
• Lack of energy
• Excessive use of tobacco or alcohol
• Difficulty getting up out of bed
• Feeling of numbness or unexplained aches
• Avoiding people and usual activities
• Loss of interest
• Feeling constantly on edge
• Short tempered and argumentative
• Mood swings
• Hearing voices
• Considering harming yourself or someone else
• Unable to carry out simple daily tasks
Watch the video below for more guidance and tips on Mental Health.
What is Stress?
Stress is a feeling of mental strain and pressure, it’s a type of psychological pain. However small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial and even healthy.
Managing Stress Levels?
Individuals who have a lot of stress in their lives, need to find ways of reducing it, there are many ways of doing this:
- Introduce regular exercise and finding time for yourself, taking control of your time in this way can effectively reduce stress
- If you have feelings of anxiety along with stress, breathing techniques can help
- Use humour and enjoy yourself – try to see the funny side of situations, jokes have a way of making worries seem less important
- Doing things that you enjoy is also good for your emotional wellbeing, simple activities like watching sports with a friend, having a soak in the bath or meeting up with friends for coffee can all improve your day
- Doing something you enjoy, such as cooking or dancing, is a good way to gain a sense of achievement
- Try to avoid things that seem enjoyable at the time but make you feel worse afterwards, such as drinking too much alcohol or eating junk food
Supporting Apprentices Service – for Mental Health
Did you know that one in ten young people experience a mental health problem? One in six adults suffer from a common mental health problem every week (Source 2014 adult psychiatric morbidity survey).
Firstly, try speaking to your IPS Trainer or your employer for support and guidance, there is also a free and confidential Supporting Apprentices Service, delivered by Remploy and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions. This service is available to any Apprentice who is experiencing difficulties maintaining mental focus on their Apprenticeship.
Please note that to be eligible for the service you need to be currently enrolled onto an Apprenticeship (attending work or signed off by your doctor) and have a mental health condition (diagnosed or undiagnosed) that has resulted in difficulties to remain on the Apprenticeship. Examples: depression, stress, anxiety, low mood, etc.
Where to get additional support and advice
Here is the link to the recognised counseling website / organisation for funded learners