More than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests. Just one in 10 “strongly agreed” with the statement that they felt they had the necessary training to feel confident about what action to take when a child was experiencing a mental health problem, compared with 54% who disagreed.
Mental Resilience is not something that people either have or do not – resilience is learnable and teachable and as we learn we increase the range of strategies available to us when things get difficult. Sefton Council is working with the charity YoungMinds to improve mental resilience in schools. 28 schools have joined a training session to support schools to improve the mental resilience of pupils, staff and parents.
Suicide is a major public health issue for Sefton and a leading cause of years of life lost. In 2015, there were 25 deaths due to suicide or undetermined injury in Sefton.
Paying attention to wellbeing was the aim of Living Well Sefton’s recent staff development day.
The focus of National Work Life Week is wellbeing at work and the partners of Sefton’s wellbeing collaborative came together for an afternoon of activities and work updates.
To coincide with its first anniversary, Living Well Sefton – the local wellbeing organisation – is supporting a World Mental Health Day event at Hugh Baird College.
On Tuesday, 10 October Living Well Sefton and the Feelgood Factory – one of its partners – will be at the Bootle-based college to raise awareness of how paying attention to your mental wellbeing is an important part to feeling good.
The men of Sefton are being encouraged to step in if they think their friend is acting differently than usual.
This comes as research released by Time to Change, the campaign run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, shows that most men would be comfortable supporting a friend with a mental health problem – but there are still barriers for some.
‘Think Differently, Cope Differently’ is a 5 week mental health and wellbeing programme led by Living Well Sefton.
The programme comprehensively covers the important areas associated with positive mental wellbeing i.e. Stress Management; Challenging negative thinking; encouraging healthier lifestyles and affective goal planning.
The Kindfulness Coffee Club (KCC) is a Sefton-based café that cares 7 days a week.
Whether it’s for a coffee and a bacon butty or just a quick chat there’s always somebody around to talk to.
Find your balance with Access Sefton this World Mental Health Day 2017 (October 10).
Held at Hugh Baird College’s L20 Centre, the free event will feature stands from a range of local wellbeing organisations, along with activities and workshops people can get involved with, including crafts, mindfulness, hand and shoulder massage, and more.
Health and wellbeing organisations will be at hand to offer information and advice to anybody who needs it.
There will also be lots of opportunities to win great prizes in a free-to-enter wellbeing treasure hunt, including EFC tickets, signed LFC memorabilia and vouchers for local stores and restaurants.
The event will take place October 10. 10am-3pm.
Access Sefton is supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.
For more information follow @AccessSefton on Twitter.
Get your green fingers at the ready and go outside to do some gardening to mark allotment fortnight and support the 30 days of Sefton in Mind Campaign.
The benefits of gardening are endless, not only does it get you outside and moving but it also helps make your surroundings a lovely place to be in.
Getting involved with community gardening projects like can also help you to connect with others and keep active together.
The Feelgood Factory offers group and individual one to one bereavement support. The support is delivered from a suitable venue within Sefton.
Bereavement may be one of the most difficult feelings we ever have to face. For many, cultural changes have resulted in death becoming a ‘taboo’ subject, no longer talked about, so when the inevitable happens we are often not equipped to deal with either our own or other people’s reaction.
Since 2010 the partnership between National Rail and Samaritans has been developed to reduce the number of deaths on the railway, and has so far been reported as a success in suicide prevention.
Living Well Sefton is a free service available to people in Sefton. As one of the main partners – The May Logan Health Walks are a great opportunity to build some social and physical activity into people’s week and ties in with the Public Health England One You campaign, which encourages regular walking.
The Venus Centre in Bootle invites the women of Sefton to join them at its coffee mornings.
The coffee mornings are held every Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at Venus’ Linacre Road based centre. This is the perfect opportunity for women to get together to talk, make friends and support on another.
As part of the Befriending and Re-ablement Service Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton hold free bi-weekly Companion sessions throughout Sefton. The Companion groups are held in Southport, Bootle, Seaforth and Maghull.
- Southport – Atkinson – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
- Bootle – May Logan – bi weekly – Thursday afternoons
- Maghull – The Methodist Church – bi weekly Tuesday mornings
- Seaforth – Sing – bi weekly – Tuesday morning
St. Joseph’s Hospice provides a Family Support and Bereavement Counselling Service at the hospice for patients and their families.
The hospice’s family support and bereavement counselling service helps patients and their family members to talk about their feelings, fears and practical matters with someone outside of their family. It’s important for families both before and after the death of their loved one and is available to families for as long as they need it.