WellbeingMatters Meeting - 4th September
Our next WellbeingMatters mental health peer support group meeting will take place next 4th September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm, at Twenty One, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea. The meeting is open to anyone over the age of 18 in paid employment within the Southend area, who would like support with their mental wellbeing or would like to have a better understanding for those who support someone.
If you or someone you know would like to come along, please feel reassured that you will be in the company of likeminded people with similar experiences to you. We bring people together, to speak freely about mental illness to raise awareness, break down stigmas and barriers. Plus to reassure you that everything you are feeling and experiencing isn’t just happening to you. We provide a safe, secure, friendly and non-judgmental environment allowing you to talk freely, share your experiences or just listen. We signpost to mental health related services and activities. If you are unsure about attending on your own consider bringing along someone who supports you, be it a friend, relative, colleague, neighbour. There is no need to book. Refreshments will be provided.
Mental wellbeing in the workplace is essential. For a lot of people, talking about mental wellbeing is still a big challenge and is widely considered the hardest part of having ill mental health. Employees still feel uncomfortable talking about mental health in general. Even more so when it’s your manager or work colleagues and you are concerned it will be counter-productive. Without the right support in place, employees can become at risk of their mental health affecting their ability to work, and employers risk losing valuable, experienced staff.
This why WellbeingMatters is so important for employers to inform employees that such a mental health peer support group exists. There is no other mental health peer support group in Southend specifically targeted at those in the Southend business community. WellbeingMatters was founded by Michelle Passfield and is an independently run community group with a board of trustees who are professionals with lived experience of mental illness and supporting others affected by mental health issues.
To find out more about the group, please see the attachment and follow us on Facebook (@WellbeingSoS), on Twitter (@Wellbeing_SoS), on LinkedIn (WellbeingMatters) or by emailing Michelle.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Financial Resources to Secondary Schools
The Commentator reports that the MoneySavingExpert.com founder has teamed up with leading financial education charity Young Money to send over half a million textbooks to UK schools. It is understood that Lewis is personally funding the initiative to the tune of £200,000.As part of the initiative, Young Money will be producing a dynamic new curriculum mapped textbook providing free financial education resources to all state English secondary schools in 2018 – 2019.
The textbook will include guidance on issues such as saving and spending, borrowing, good and bad debt, risks and rewards, insurance, investments and future planning around student loans, tax and National Insurance.
Around 500,000 hard copies of the Textbook and Teacher Guide will be issued free of charge to all English secondary state schools in the 18/19 Autumn term. A downloadable version will also be made available on the Young Money website.
More information on the links below.