17 October 2016

Clinical Director marks World Mental Health Day with radio phone-in

Second Step radioJames Eldred, AWP's Clinical Director for Bristol, appeared live on BBC Radio Bristol's John Darvall show last week to mark World Mental Health Day. He discussed a range of mental health topics with John and a series of callers.

James emphasised the importance of thinking and talking about mental health not just when things go seriously wrong, but instead looking out for the emotional wellbeing of colleagues, neighbours, family and friends as part of everyday life.

He suggested five things that we can all do every day to support one another's mental health: looking after one another; being available; being compassionate; providing people with safety, security and space to talk about how they're feeling and what they're going through; and taking care of the physical things by giving people some warmth and shelter in a space where you can look after them for a while.

One caller to the show, Mary, who talked about her long experiences and the things that eventually helped in her recovery, concluded with the important message that, "A broken mind can heal just as well as a broken arm or leg with the right help."

If you're quick you can still listen to James via the BBC website: his discussion and phone-in starts 10 minutes into the show.

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