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By Rachel Munns, Feb 1 2018 12:11PM

As many of you know, I am very passionate about helping and supporting people with mental health issues – to the extent that I started my own business running training workshops to raise awareness about mental health and also to help people build personal resilience.


My business model is very simple. I believe that people buy people, so I offer companies a free trial before they commit to any training. During one of these trials last year there was a delegate, a senior manager, who appeared to be quite disengaged. As the trial continued he began to join in the discussion and it was clear that he was very unhappy with his team, whom he described as negative and slow, and didn’t believe that they could be changed. In fact, it all sounded rather hopeless.


After venting his frustrations, he retreated into his closed body language and apparent disinterest. I left the trial feeling that it had gone very well but also feeling very sad about the ‘angry’ delegate.


Soon afterwards, this company decided to go ahead with the full training – offering it first to their management team and then to their staff. As I was setting up on the first day the HR Manager came to see me and spoke to me about the ‘angry’ delegate.


Apparently, during the trial he had been uncomfortable because he realised that he, himself, was suffering from mental health issues and that this was having a negative impact on his team. Immediately following the trial, he had gone to HR and disclosed this information.


Fortunately his company were supportive and the conversation began…..


Now, several months later, he is well on the road to recovery and managing his team with energy and enthusiasm. This has had a positive impact on their productivity - which has increased - and on their general disposition which is greatly improved.


It’s time to talk – be the one who opens the conversation in your workplace.


February 1st – Time to Talk Day



By Rachel Munns, Dec 4 2017 08:47AM


But, with the right help this figure could be dramatically reduced. Indeed, with the right training and information perhaps many could avoid travelling down the path to mental ill health at all.


In the meantime though, what is being done to halt this crisis? A lovely piece of news from the BBC over the weekend shows that, in spirit at least, the government are listening. As always, in my opinion, it is too little and going to take way too long. Putting my positive hat on though - at least it's something!!!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42194524


The good news about mental health issues is that many can, and do, recover fully and go on to lead happy lives. Some take this even further and go on to lead impressive lives like the young man in this video.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-42198061/mental-health-i-was-offered-help-two-years-later


My family has suffered greatly at the hands of mental health issues, including my own, precious teenage son. This is why I have dedicated my life now to raising awareness of mental health issues and to providing the type of resilience training that I believe could help many remain mentally strong and healthy.




By Rachel Munns, Nov 24 2017 01:48PM

I have just read this blog written by a former student at my son's school. I think it is wonderfully inspiring for all those students for whom university isn't the right path and I wanted to share it as widely as possible.


I hope you enjoy reading Edward's story.


http://stamfordendowedschools.edublogs.org/2017/11/07/os-1990-edward-baker-blogs-how-about-grit-and-resilience-as-he-discusses-his-post-ss-career/


By Rachel Munns, Sep 3 2017 04:07PM

On the 4th September we are launching the Mental Health Mission. This is our new and exciting initiative to improve the mental health and wellbeing of anyone that takes part.


Should you choose to, each mental health mission (or MHM) is also an opportunity to raise money on behalf of your chosen mental health charity (or charities) - thereby helping to improve the mental health of others. A win-win opportunity for everyone!


How it works


From the list of simple and straightforward daily missions published on our website www.resilientme.co.uk (each of which is beneficial to your mental health), you can choose whether you will run your challenge for 30 days, 60 days or 90 days and thereby earn a bronze, silver or gold MHM award.


The missions range from simple activities like keeping a positivity diary or doing a mindful activity for 15 minutes to more testing activities such as 20 minutes of light(ish) exercise or giving up alcohol.


How do we get involved?


Anyone can take part and you can start at any time. Just go to the website and you'll find full instructions there.


As the principal of Resilient Me it's only right that I should take on the first mission so, starting on the 4th September, I'm going to 'lose the booze' for 90 days to get my Gold award. Alcohol is a depressant so, after the initial adjustment, this mission will definitely improve my mental health and it also carries the added bonus of improving my physical health too. Another win-win!


If I choose to fundraise, where will the funds go?


You can choose any mental health charity that you like, or you can donate money directly to the MHM (contact us for more details).


Stress induced illness is the number one cause of teenage illness in the UK. So we are setting up the MHM as a not-for-profit arm of Resilient Me and plan to use some of the funds raised through our missions to help and support vulnerable young people.


We will also be donating to the local mental health charities that we already support and have contacted 'Heads Together' to see if we can get involved with them too.


And finally....


We are passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues but even more passionate about providing the tools to help people get better and, indeed, to avoid mental health issues in the first place. Taking on your own mission is a great place to start.


The Mental Health Mission is something that everyone can do, and that can be as easy or as difficult as you choose to make it.


The most important thing is that together we are changing our mental health for good!


One more thing...


We are currently looking for a high-profile figure to become the face of the Mental Health Mission and hope that this initiative will become a nationwide challenge. If you know of anyone that may be interested in helping please get in touch.



By Rachel Munns, May 11 2017 03:48PM


This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’


The Mental Health Foundation ,who support this important week, are not so much focused on finding out why so many people now suffer with poor mental health, but are actually seeking to uncover why too FEW of us are thriving with GOOD mental health.


The report ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ included a survey of 2,290 individuals in March 2017 and the key findings were very revealing:

• Only 13% of people report living with high levels of good mental health

• People over 55 report experiencing better mental health than average

• People over 55 spend more time on hobbies which make them happier

• More than 4 in 10 people say they have experienced depression

• Over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks

• Nearly 3 in 4 people living in the lowest household income bracket report having experienced mental health problems, compared to 6 in 10 of the highest household income bracket

• 85% of people out of work experience a mental health problem, compared to two thirds of people in work and just over half of those retired

• Nearly two-thirds of people have experienced a mental health problem. This increases to 7 in 10 women, young adults (18-34) and people living alone


Current levels of good mental health are alarmingly low. Although as a nation we have made great strides in the health of our bodies and life expectancy, we now need to achieve the same for the good health of our minds.


The survey suggests that most of us report will report a mental health problem at some point in our lives, and this is greater for those with insecurities at work, with relationships and homes. Mental health is not evenly distributed; if you are female, a young adult, on low income, living alone or in a large household, your risks of facing mental ill health are higher.


The Government’s 5-year plan for Mental Health goes some way to tackling the mental health issues, however much more action is required by schools and businesses in order to increase the number of children, young people and adults with GOOD Mental Health.


For Businesses, Mental Health is protected by Law under the Equality Act 2010. If someone has a mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their day-to-day activities, they will be protected from discrimination under the Equality Act 2010. These Impairments include (but are not limited to) depression, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder. Employers are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the workplace to accommodate these mental health conditions such as flexible working, time off or counselling.



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