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MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID Supporting Colleagues. MARIAN FERGUSON Senior Human Resources Manager SELB. OBJECTIVES. What is Well-Being (Personal and Organisational Well-Being). Examples of Good Practice. Mental Health First Aid approach to Anxiety. WHAT IS WELL-BEING.

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    1. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AIDSupporting Colleagues MARIAN FERGUSON Senior Human Resources Manager SELB

    2. OBJECTIVES • What is Well-Being (Personal and Organisational Well-Being). • Examples of Good Practice. • Mental Health First Aid approach to Anxiety Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    3. WHAT IS WELL-BEING • Popular use of the term ‘well-being’ usually relates to health. • Philosophical use is broader, but related, and amounts to the notion of how well a person's life is going for that person. A person's well-being is what is ‘good for’ them. • To be the balance between good and bad things in a person's life • . Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    4. WHAT IS WELL-BEING • THE ORGANISATION IS A LIVING GROWING CHANGING SYSTEM WITH ITS OWN UNIQUE BIOLOGY …… IT IS EVERY BIT AS SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRESS, STRAIN AND TRAUMA AS THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK IN IT Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    5. PERCEPTIONS OF MENTAL HEALTH • GROUP EXERCISE • WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    6. Mental Health Continuum Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    7. Examples of Good Practice • SELB Health & Welfare Services • Carecall • Well-Being Audits • Mental Health First Aid Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    8. What is an anxiety disorder? An anxiety disorder differs from normal stress and anxiety as it is: • more severe • more persistent and long lasting • more likely to interfere with work or relationships According to a UK study, 1 in 10 adults attending their GP experiences symptoms of anxiety (King M, Nazareth I, Levy G, Walker C, Morris R, Weich S et al. Prevalence of common mental disorders in general practice attendees across Europe. The British Journal of Psychiatry 2008; 192: 362-7) 8 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    9. Group exercise – symptoms of anxiety 9 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    10. Symptoms of anxiety • Physical • Psychological • Behavioural 10 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    11. Types of anxiety disorders • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) • Panic disorder • Phobic disorders (eg agoraphobia, social phobia) • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) Note the overlap between anxiety and depression, and between anxiety and substance misuse 11 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    12. Video clip – anxiety • mhfa videos\mhfa videos\Panic Attacks edit 1.wmv 12 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    13. Risk factors for anxiety disorders Anxiety is caused by perceived threats in the environment and some people are more likely than others to react with anxiety to these situations Anxiety disorders are more common in women and can also result from: • some medical conditions • side effects of some prescription drugs • some non-prescription drugs including caffeine 13 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013

    14. MHFA for anxiety disorders Action 1: Assess risk of suicide or harm Action 2: Listen non-judgementally Action 3: Give reassurance and information Action 4: Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help Action 5: Encourage self-help strategies 14 Annual Conference for Vice Principals of Special Schools 2013