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➡️The IoD-Jersey D&I Charter:
Information for Services In Jersey When Experiencing A Mental Health Crisis
(By Charissa Russ: https://counsellingpsychjersey.com/)
The following information is intended to help point you, or someone you know, in the right direction for support in the event of a psychological crisis for which you feel there is need for professional intervention.
1. If you are experiencing difficulties during the course of the working day, please make contact with your GP and take the soonest available appointment, this may mean seeing a different doctor to the one you usually see.
2. If you experience a crisis outside of your GP’s usual hours, you can contact Jersey Doctors On Call. Information about their hours can be found here: https://www.gov.je/Health/DoctorDentist/Doctors/Pages/OutHours.aspx
3. If you are extremely concerned about your ability to keep yourself safe, or if someone you know is unable to keep themselves from harm, please attend the A&E Department at the Jersey General Hospital and ask for the ‘mental health liaison service’. This is a 24 hour a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year service. More information about Government of Jersey Mental Health Services can be found here: https://www.gov.je/Health/Mental/Pages/Adult.aspx
More general options for those with mental health problems are:
- Samaritans: Information on the Jersey branch opening hours for face to face contact can be found at: https://www.samaritans.org/branches/jersey/ Calls to the following number are free 116 123 and someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days a year.
- Mind Jersey: There is a vast range of information and support available from Mind Jersey and they have collated details on services available locally for those experiencing mental health difficulties. http://www.mindjersey.org Click - Get Support, Signposting and select whether you need services for children or adults.
- Jersey Citizens Advice: For more general information about the range of services available locally Jersey Citizens Advice have created the Jersey Online Directory which lists many organisations available in Jersey. http://www.jod.je/kb5/jersey/ directory/home.page
- Jersey Recovery College: A local mental health charity offering courses to help individuals (and their loved ones) with mental health problems to move towards and maintain their recovery and well-being: https://www.recovery.je
- Mental Health Foundation: This is another fantastic UK mental health charity with lots of resources available on line: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health
You don’t seem yourself lately, is everything ok?
(By Charissa Russ: https://counsellingpsychjersey.com/)
I was thrilled to see the huge turnout at the ‘Is Mental Health At Work The Last Taboo?’ event held by The Diversity Network in January. As a psychotherapist, I believe having open and honest conversations about mental health difficulties will foster increased understanding and inclusion so those struggling feel less alone and able to speak about their difficulties and needs.
To challenge the stigma associated with mental health problems, it is helpful to think about mental health as being on a continuum; at any time, we, our friends, families and colleagues sit along that continuum. When feeling content in our personal and professional lives we place ourselves towards the healthier end of the continuum. When difficulties arise however, for example relationship problems, financial stresses, work deadlines or bereavement, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and sliding towards burnout.
Mental health charity Mind report 1 in 6 people experience mental health problems in any week. Given that we spend over a third of our waking hours at work, we are likely to come across someone struggling with mental health problems during our working week. So here are 5 tips for identifying and responding to colleagues in need:
1. Recognise possible signs of distress: Increased irritability, tearfulness or distractibility; appearing more tired or drained than usual; change in appetite, smoking or alcohol use; increase in making mistakes; difficulties with time keeping.
2. Open up a conversation: Choose a quiet moment where you have time & space to talk. Gently acknowledge the changes you have noticed, ie ‘You don’t seem yourself lately, is everything ok?’. People can feel very ashamed about mental health problems so try not to say ‘You seem depressed, anxious, irritable….’
3. Listen: You may not be able to do or say anything that changes the persons difficulties but listening with kindness, compassion & sincerity may help them open up; a problem shared can be a problem halved, at least momentarily.
4. Act or seek further advice: Do you need to signpost to a mental health first aider, HR or GP? As a manager are there reasonable adjustments you can offer?
5. Follow Up: Check back in after a short while. If either of you have agreed on an action, follow it through, assess if it’s been helpful & review if further support is required.
We are primed for connection with others, so simply asking someone if they are ok can have a powerful impact upon reducing isolation and challenging stigma.
If you would like to receive guidance and consultancy for promoting inclusion and positive mental health amongst employees within your organisation, I would be pleased to hear from you.
Or if you haven’t been yourself lately and you’re beginning to struggle, please contact me to talk about how I may be able to help. The vast majority of my clients are of working age and some may have their therapy costs covered by a health insurance policy provided by their employer, demonstrating increasing parity between physical and mental health problems. Access to private therapy enables people to receive the help they need at the time they most need it, reducing the possibility of burnout.