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Shining a light on mental health

This #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek has been more important than ever. The isolation the pandemic has brought to our everyday lives has had a huge impact on the mental health of everyone, and the strain it has put on the most vulnerable in society has been greater than ever.

At Connect mental health is at the top of our agenda when it comes to our residents and staff and we’ve been working harder than ever over the past year to provide as much support to them as possible.

Our services continue to provide life-changing support for people struggling with long term serious mental health difficulties. Here are just a few success stories from clients of our KBOP (Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership) service:

“I’m just writing to say how much I really appreciated all the help and support I received, I wouldn’t be where I am without the help I’ve received and all the support helped me build myself and my mental health back to where I needed to be.

Without her help I wouldn’t have been able to secure a job on my own due to difficult circumstances and I cannot praise her enough for everything she had done for me. She’s a credit to your company and all round fantastic person, I’ll miss our meetings together.”

“No one has ever asked me to think about what I want.”

“Thanks so much for your support over the last two years. If it wasn’t for your help things would have gone seriously wrong for me. You really have been a life saver. I wouldn’t have got through this without your help.”

The past year has also presented mental health challenges for employees across the country. With most of our staff moving to home working, there has undoubtedly been pressures on their mental health. Our employee assistance programme and commitment to the Time To Change pledge has created a culture of openly discussing mental health in the organisation, and provided vital help across the past year.

As restrictions ease, we have been pleased to allow staff to take outdoor meetings, encouraging them to make use of green space and enjoy nature. This links to the theme of this year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek – to #ConnectWithNature.

Nature is incredibly important to our psychological and emotional health so it’s almost impossible to have good mental health without having a relationship with the natural world. It turns out that it’s not just being in nature that helps, but the way we interact with it. You can find some eye opening information on the #ConnectWithNature campaign on the Mental Health Foundation website here: mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/why-nature

Finally, we want to shine a light on some of the incredible services that you can access across Connect’s communities and remind you that you are never alone – there are always people here to help and listen.

Click the links below to find out what support and services are available in your area.

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