If you are working full time, you spend more time at work than you do at home. Is it time to start a conversation in your workplace with staff, volunteers and colleagues?
Mental Health Awareness Week
14 May - 20 May
Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to start the conversation with your staff about mental health and stress in the workplace.
The day-to-day demands and pressures of work should not be a barrier to good mental health. If you want to attract and retain committed employees, prioritising the mental health of your staff needs to be core business in your organisation.
You can make this happen by working with your employees to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and supported.
If you are thinking about how to improve health and wellbeing in your charity/community workspace, you could take a look at the information around the Healthy Workplace charter.
Implementing positive changes in your workplace environment can address crucial issues like recruitment and staff retention, sickness and absence; as well improving the productivity of all employees and volunteers.
There is an accreditation process which involves a set of standards that organisations you will need to meet , but there is support and many resources provided to help you make your workplace healthier and happier.
Looking after your own mental health
....how is your mood today?
Check your mood using this simple questionnaire from NHS Choices and get advice on what might help. As you can see this website widget can be embedded in a website. Why not your website?
Contact Philippa Leary, Kingston Digital Health Co-ordinator if you would like support with how to add this tool to your own site .
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 825 8040.
Mental Health Services for Adults in Kingston
Mind in Kingston aims to achieve the following outcomes:
For the general public:
- A better understanding of mental health and related issues.
- A source of information on mental health and related issues.
- Combating stigma and promoting positive images of mental health.
For service users:
- A home that meets their needs where they can manage their own daily living.
- The chance to use their strengths and abilities in ways they find rewarding.
- A satisfying and supportive social network.
- The quality of life they want for themselves.
- The opportunity to make informed choices in matters important to them.
Mind’s Telephone Advice Service consists of signposting to sources of specialised support and resources and general information and advice. Our overall aim is to promote the understanding of mental health issues and to provide a range of services in the Royal Borough of Kingston to people with support needs due to their mental health.
Due to the nature of the office work you may need to leave a message but your call will be returned as soon as possible. Office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm
The Fircroft Trust runs a Resource Centre which supports adults facing mental health and wellbeing issues and are the are the only organisation in Kingston that can provide centre-based support for people with mental health and wellbeing problems. This is very important for those beginning to recover from hospitalisation or experiencing a crisis. The centre is also able to support people who are recovering in hospital visit for the day.
The Trust's aims are to:
- support adults to cope more effectively with their mental health and wellbeing issues.
- support people in their personal growth and development.
- work closely with other service providers and the community mental health and wellbeing teams.
- support individual needs through a key-working system.
- provide equal support to all people with mental health and wellbeing needs in our community, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability, free from discrimination and reflecting the diversity, culture and background of our community.
The local branch offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Find out why the service works and what you can expect when contacting the Samaritans. If you have any concerns about the service before you try it, hear from others about how it has helped them.
If you'd like to talk to a Samaritan face to face, we are open to receive visitors from 7.30am to 9.30pm every day. No appointment is needed, you can just turn up. The building is on the corner of Wheatfield Way and Palmer Crescent. Please come to the entrance on Palmer Crescent (green door). There is no charge for this service.
The Kingston Wellbeing Service is a unique service providing treatments for residents of Kingston aged 18 years and over with drug and alcohol problems as well as ‘talking therapies’ for those with anxiety and depression. You can contact the centre to make an appointment on
- Drug and alcohol support 020 3317 7900 or Email us
- Depression and anxiety support 020 8339 8040
There are also opportunites to volunteer at the Centre with the Moving On Together group.
Mental Health Services for Children and Young people
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. Kooth is a service commissioned by RBK to deliver mental health advice, information and support for CYP in the borough. The young person simply logs in and can speak with a counsellor then and there. Monday – Friday 12.00 – 22.00, Saturday & Sunday 18.00 – 22.00.
KVA Health and Wellbeing Network
KVA actively promotes awareness amongst its members, and the local community, of relevant national and local policy initiatives in the area of health and social care services.
We collaborate with both voluntary and statutory sector organisations to support the health and wellbeing of our local population. This work ranges from influencing strategic policy, to support for programmes of work with communities to tackle inequalities that impact on health and wellbeing.
You can keep up to date with what's happening in Kingston by joining our Health and Wellbeing Network, which meets quarterly.
For more information contact Anna Robin, KVA's Communications Manager. Email email@example.com or call 020 8255 3335.
Volunteering Kingston - offering support to local groups
From 3rd April this year, the new home of volunteering is at Volunteering Kingston. The services for community groups include:
Volunteer Kingston - one to one surgeries
Regular face to face local drop-in sessions at local libraries to meet the team and get volunteering management advice. Upcoming dates 10th and 24 May at Kingston Library and 11th May at Hook and Chessington.
Volunteer Kingston - resources bank
Best practice resources to support volunteering and volunteer management.
Volunteer Kingston - connect with volunteers
Post your volunteer vacancies on the portal and manage volunteer applications