We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to do’ list.
Michelle Obama

So, what does Mental Health Awareness week bring to mind for you?

Perhaps this week is a junction stop to reflect over the past year how you think about yourself, challenges yet to overcome or possibly about others in your life, colleagues, family, friends, loved ones. Difficulties you have experienced or witnessed.

Whilst we live surrounded with news of unease, war, conflict, unrest, loss and uncertainty we can get caught up in the cycle of negative news or views with everything stemming from fear or a sense of lack. At times we may feel disempowered to be able to make a positive difference.

But it is at times like these when we see individuals, groups and communities coming together to help those in need – from volunteering in food banks to offering a spare room to spending time with someone feeling isolated and lonely. The very act of helping others we help ourselves.  We place value in others through our actions, it defines us and why we may not all have a room to offer in our homes we can all make a difference. We all have our part to play and if you believe how we perceive the world reflects our personality then, what action can you take today to begin to shape who you want to be? The way we can change the world is to change ourselves. Invest in you, for it’s the longest self- development project we all have to live.

How you see the world can have a very real impact on your mental wealth. But I ask you to stop and take a moment to reflect. How much time in your busy day have you taken out to support yourself or others. What acts of kindness can you bring into your own life and share with others.

You might wish to ponder on Raymond Carver’s poem Late Fragment who captures so much in so few words.

And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth

I believe this planet we live on is full of kind, generous and amazing people. Take time out of your day to see them, help them and be one of them.

Rae Martin
Branch Vice-Chair


If you need support or would like to signpost someone for Mental Health Support you may find the following links useful:

UWE Staff Health and Wellbeing Hub – Health and Wellbeing Hub (intranet)

Bristol Mind – https://bristol.mind.org.uk

NHS – Mental health – NHS (www.nhs.uk)


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