James Tong, Healthcare Sales Manager: “The Work + Wellbeing sessions were hopefully just a bit of a distraction from the monotony of life in lockdown and a change to Groundhog Day, which is something we’ve been trying to do at home as family as well.”
How do you use the skills from your Mental Health First Aider/Work + Wellbeing roles outside of your life at Trustmarque?
Gemma: “I help lead my local running club and I help to promote the positive impact on mental health and wellbeing at the same time. Doing the mental health first aider training at Trustmarque made me more aware of how other people feel, and what could be going on for them behind the scenes and how to approach people in the right way if I was concerned.”
Gemma continues: “Some of the techniques that you learn on the course like the stress container piece where you can really help manage your own stress by realising what your triggers are and what you can or can’t control, have been really useful techniques to share and so easy to use yourself.”
Chloe adds: “I check in with myself daily: am I feeling overly stressed? Am I not sleeping well? Has my appetite decreased, and then how do I deal with that? And during lockdown, I made a point of getting outside with my dog and used my decompression time to do ‘Couch to 5K’. I think it is really vital to understand what works for you and catching yourself before you get to breaking point.”