Mental Health

St Monica Trust is committed to talking about mental health…


We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means.


Mindfulness is a practice that can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their stressful experience.

Tackling Loneliness This Mental Health Awareness Week

This Mental Health Awareness Week (9 to 15 May) we look at something that I think it’s fair to say all of us can relate to in some shape or form: Loneliness.

For many of you who work with our residents, it’s possibly something that you try to support them with on a regular basis, but do you take your own feelings into consideration?

I think it’s fair to say that we all feel lonely from time to time and yet it’s not necessarily the same as being alone. You can be surrounded by friends, family and colleagues and still feel lonely, particularly if you don’t feel understood or supported.  


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Backcare Awareness Week for 2021 is taking place this year from 4-8 October.

The 2021 campaign centres on Back Pain working from home.

According to approximately 1 in 6 adults in England have some form of back pain.

And of course, with more of us working remotely, this is only going to get worse, so let’s take some steps today to improve your posture.

Resilience: How apt after last night’s Wembley final!

There’s probably never been a better time to talk about resilience than after the result from last night’s final at Wembley, particularly if you’re feeling emotionally drained from it all.

Imagine how the team and Gareth Southgate feel today! (I hope whatever disappointment fills them, they also have a huge amount of pride in themselves, their colleagues and manager for getting as far as they did.) 👏

And it made me think, that I can draw some parallels with the adrenalin the England team needed to get them all the way through the Euros to reach the final.  At the start of the pandemic, we can probably say that we all had that adrenalin; we’d do whatever it took to keep our residents, ourselves and each other safe.  And of course, that’s still true, but given the last year and a bit that we’ve all lived and worked through, it’s not surprising that our batteries are now pretty flat.

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