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Mental Health update

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 9-15 May 2022, this is an annual event when there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.  It’s all about starting conversations about mental health and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.  The event is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation and this year’s theme is loneliness. A wide range of resources on tackling loneliness can be found here - Mental Health Awareness Week

There are a number of mental health risk factors associated with forestry. Forestry workers often work in isolation and can now be under significant financial pressure particularly during Covid. Forestry can in some cases involve long hours and even significant effects from the weather.

We've put together some helpful contacts covering the different regions, all will speak to you in confidence and help you to get the right help - see below for download.

Funded Mental Health Awareness Training

The Rural Connections Project delivers 4-hour online introductory mental health awareness training directly to your staff team. Nearly 50 organisations so far have made workplace wellbeing a priority by taking part. For full details of the training

An ‘open’ course is also open for individuals who wish to undertake the training on the 14th and 16th (10am-12pm both days) of June 2022

To enquire about booking a course/course place for your staff team then contact Fiona Thompson, National Training Manager, Support in Mind Scotland 

Further meetings of the National Rural Mental Health Forum can be found here 

An excellent article by Forest Machine Magazine in June 2020 can be found here:

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. Follow this link to find the relevant contact for someone needing to find support.

The services and support listed on the Hub of Hope are not only for when things become unbearable – a crisis point. They are also for those times when we notice we are starting to struggle, or when we need extra support as we start to emerge from a particularly difficult time.

The Hub of Hope also lists support and services for family members and friends to enable them to find help for themselves, as well as for the person they are supporting. We recognise that the wellbeing of each member of an interconnected family or community is dependent on the wellbeing of all of its members.

Documents to download

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