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Mental Health Awareness

We wanted to give you an update on a few topics regarding mental health, and other updates which may be relevant to you.

Mental health and wellbeing plan - Update

This discussion paper and call for evidence seek views on what we can do to improve everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Department of Health and Social Care received submissions from 5,273 respondents representing a broad range of stakeholders from across England. They are currently considering these and will publish a summary of responses along with further detail on next steps in due course. AJ Recruitment will be sure to update you on this when the results are released.

ADHD Awareness month

As some of you may know, October is ADHD Month, and it is important we all break the stigma around this and get the conversations started.

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a serious public health issue. It is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting children and adults. But it is often misunderstood. ADHD Awareness Month's goal is to correct these misunderstandings and highlight the shared experiences of the ADHD community.

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects people's behaviour. People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Both adults and children can have ADHD and is often complicated to diagnose. Many people experience inattention and changes in energy levels. For a person with ADHD, this happens more often and to a greater extent compared with people who don’t have the condition. It can have a significant effect on their studies, work, and home life.

For more information on this, please click here

Their ADHD experts provide a lot of great information about ADHD, answering common questions, busting myths, and talking about different aspects of ADHD life.

World Mental Health Day

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The theme of 2022's World Mental Health Day, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is 'Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority'.

World Mental Health Day is also a chance to talk about mental health in general, how we need to look after it, and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling. Mental Health Awareness Day creates an opportunity to acknowledge and discuss how you truly feel and why. Empowering not only yourself but those around you to include mental health into daily conversations.

We also wanted to add some crisis helpline numbers if you don't feel comfortable speaking to your employer or someone close to you, but would like to seek help or just talk to someone. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved!

Samaritans (24/7 helpline): 116 123

Mind (9am-6pm Monday to Friday): 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

NHS: 111 or 999

The Mix (11am-11pm): 0808 808 4994 or text 'THEMIX' to 85258.

Alternatively, please click on the links above to visit their websites.

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