Three Rivers celebrated World Mental Health Week

14th October 2019

In recognition of World Mental Health Day, Three Rivers District Council’s Mental Health First Aiders organised a series of wellbeing events centred on mindfulness.   

Lara Crisp, Mental Health Frist Aider, said: “I am a Mental First Aider because I want to help people and increase mental health awareness. I am non-judgemental and recognise the signs and symptoms of mental issues. It is important to spot any signs of colleagues departing from their usual behaviour and be there for them.”  

On Tuesday 8 October, staff got mindfulness chocolate-eating sessions which included a vegan option. They could take part in making stress balls, experience mindfulness colouring, dress up and take pictures with their selfie frame or get physical MOTs. 

Gary Cook, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, said: “I enjoyed taking part in the Mindfulness session. Colouring-in helped take my mind off work and relaxed it - an interesting discovery. I just concentrated on the colours, forget my surroundings, and was just present in those moments. Completely relaxed, exploring my senses and enjoying the colouring come to life.”    

The rest of the week offered massages and Thai Chi sessions. 

Sara Bedford, Leader of the Council joined the sessions and added: “There are many diverse challenges facing people from family relationships to social pressures. The Mental Health First Aiders are effectively raising awareness plus guiding and supporting staff through any mental health issues. We are offering knowledge, skills, care and support to our staff which they in turn can use on their family and friends.”