It’s Mental Health Awareness week this week. Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental Health Awareness Week aims to get people talking about their mental health and reduce the stigma that can stop people from asking for help.
We believe mental health should be given the same level of attention as physical health and this is particularly relevant when it comes to our work managing properties for our landlord clients. As the main point of contact for many tenants, our Lettings Manager, Alex, has tenant wellbeing as one of her main priorities.
Alex is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. This qualification equips her with the practical skills to spot the triggers and early signs of any mental health issues that may arise. She has an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing and has practical skills to spot triggers and signs of any issues with the ability to help.
She says: “I wanted to do something practical to help myself and others when they’re not feeling themselves. The Mental Health First Aider course taught us the differences between conditions and how to have appropriate and helpful conversations to point people to the help and support they need. It’s an extra service to help us take care of our tenants and ourselves. Having an open and safe environment for people to talk can make a real difference.”
Mental Health Awareness week 10 -16th May is a great opportunity for people to talk about all aspects of mental health and raise awareness. The theme this year is nature so we’re going to take this chance to be back in the office and revive some of our office plants!
We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Mental ill health can strike at any time and can affect people from all walks of life. If you are a tenant of ours and would like to know more or just fancy a chat please contact Alex on 0113 244 0251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mind charity can also be contacted here.