About mental health and wellbeing
Everybody has mental health, just like we have physical health. The two can affect each other.
Mental health is the mental and emotional state in which we feel able to cope with the normal pressures of everyday life.
Our mental wellbeing is important because it influences not only how we think and feel about ourselves, but also how we think and feel about other people, affecting our outlook on a situation or the environment around us.
We want to support our staff to achieve positive mental health and wellbeing, and for you to know where you can access support for the times when you feel you need it.
We want everyone to know that it's OK to not be OK.
1 in 4 adults will experience a common mental health problem. It's completely normal and you may have felt like this at some point in your life as a result of day-to-day problems, such as work stress, car troubles, caring responsibilities or arguing with friends or family.
Other times, these feelings can be triggered because of a more significant event, like someone close to you dying, relationship breakdowns, physical health issues or financial worries. Sometimes it's not clear what the cause is.
Care first is designed to help you with a wide range of work, family and personal issues. The service is free of charge for you to use and you don't need to ask your manager to use it.
To contact Care first, please call 0800 174 319 or alternatively, access this service confidentially online at Care First: Lifestyle (external website)
Username and password details can be accessed via the Occupational Health page on the Intranet (LINC) or by asking your line manager, Occupational Health or Human Resources.