Mental health and 2020 - Our partnership with Health in Mind

Posted 26/11/2020 by Jane Gibb

Each year at Net Talent, we partner with a charitable organisation. Throughout 2021, the Net Talent team will raise funds and donate to our chosen charity, starting with a donation in place of sending Christmas cards to all of our clients, candidates and partners.

 

 

2020 has been a challenging year and as we approach the festive period we all have a role in supporting friends and family’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as our own. The pandemic has had a huge impact on us all, and for some, their mental health has suffered greatly.

We wanted to help to create awareness and understanding of mental health and wellbeing in everyday life, therefore we’ve partnered with Scottish mental health charity Health in Mind. https://www.health-in-mind.org.uk/

Health in Mind’s mission is to work together to deliver trauma support and training, counselling and talking therapies, and early intervention community based support. Since 1982, Health in Mind have been promoting positive mental health and wellbeing by providing a wide range of services and courses across Scotland to support people and enable them to make a positive difference in their lives.  

 

More and more people may find themselves in need of support now and in the future, breaking the taboo associated with mental health and wellbeing has never been more important. In terms of statistics relating to mental health and the pandemic, it’s still early days yet, however The Scottish Government have published a report from a survey of 2,415 people, conducted as phase 1 restrictions were eased at the end of May. Key findings of the report can be found here, some key points to note are below:

  • ‘Overall, 10.2% of respondents reported suicidal thoughts within the week prior to the Wave 1 questionnaire, with 3.6% thinking about suicide more than half of the days in that week.’
  • ‘Over half (56%) of individuals felt not at all connected to their colleagues and over 40% not at all connected to their community in the week prior to the Wave 1 questionnaire’
  • ‘Of all the subgroups the highest levels of distress were seen in those with a pre-existing mental health condition; they had more than twice the level of distress than those with no previous mental health condition.’
  • ‘Across the whole sample key sources of stress were feeling cut-off from friends and family (45.8%) and poor sleep (35.2%).’

 

Health in Mind have recently launched information website iThrive. This comprehensive source of information details support and resources that are available to support people at this time. There are also some helpful blogs and tips which can be found here.

If you’d like to make a donation towards the invaluable service Health in Mind provide, you can do so here.

 

Watch out for Net Talent fundraising events in 2021!

 

 

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