Wellbeing

Get some rest

It's OK to talkWhen you’re overloaded sleep might feel like the last thing you need. But it’s probably the thing you need most.

Get a bed routine that works for you. (Use the bed for sex and sleeping, No screens. Read or listen to the radio to wind down.)

Drink, drugs and caffeine will interfere with sleep — and may lead to poor decision-making — so best to avoid them.

NEED SUPPORT?

Samaritans – call 116 123
free anytime day or night

Release the Pressure
Call 0800 107 0160
Chat online www.mentalhealthmatters.com/our-services/helpline-services/time-online/

CALM — call 0800 585858
free 5pm till12 midnight

NHS non emergency:
Call 111

Contact your GP

Download Stay Alive app at prevent-suicide.org.uk

Connect with others

It's OK to talkThe greatest human gift is our ability to communicate. We’re lucky to have it.

Connect by meeting a mate, helping someone, joining something, volunteering, playing sport or a game.

And laugh – It’s an instant connection.

More help on the Smartcard. Keep it in your wallet.
www.nspa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSPD-smart-card.pdf

 



NEED SUPPORT?

Samaritans – call 116 123
free anytime day or night

Release the Pressure
Call 0800 107 0160
Chat online www.mentalhealthmatters.com/our-services/helpline-services/time-online/

CALM — call 0800 585858
free 5pm till12 midnight

NHS non emergency:
Call 111

Contact your GP

Download Stay Alive app at prevent-suicide.org.uk

Get out of yourself

It's OK to talkYou can do this physically by taking exercise. Just a walk if you can’t do anything more active. This gets the feel-good hormones buzzing round your body.

Or change what is happening in your head. Read. Play. Write. Study. Learn something new – a new skill or language.

The quickest way is just to take notice of your surroundings. Perhaps go outside, look up, look around.

More help on the Smartcard. Keep it in your wallet.
www.nspa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSPD-smart-card.pdf

NEED SUPPORT?

Samaritans – call 116 123
free anytime day or night

Release the Pressure
Call 0800 107 0160
Chat online www.mentalhealthmatters.com/our-services/helpline-services/time-online/

CALM — call 0800 585858
free 5pm till12 midnight

NHS non emergency:
Call 111

Contact your GP

Download Stay Alive app at prevent-suicide.org.uk

Get back in balance

It's OK to talkWe all think we know people who never seem to lose control. But the truth is those people don’t exist.

The reason they seem to take it all in their stride is that they know how to react, how to get back in balance, get a decent night’s sleep and go again the next day.

Odds on they’re using some of the ideas on the back of the NSPA smartcard.
www.nspa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSPD-smart-card.pdf
(If you’re feeling wired right now try the three minute time-out below.)

Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 which proves just how serious not dealing with this stuff can be.

 

3 minute time—out

This will lower heart-rate and blood-pressure and help put you in control.

Minute 1. Deliberately refocus attention. Change position or stop moving. Perhaps close your eyes. Ask yourself:
what is happening to me right now?

Minute 2. Now you’re aware of what’s going on and how you feel. focus on your breath. Follow the air in and out of your body.

Minute 3. Move awareness back out again like the lens of a camera getting wider. Slowly take ln the world.

Get on with your life. You’ll make a far better decision now than before the time-out.

NEED SUPPORT?

Samaritans – call 116 123
free anytime day or night

CALM — call 0800 585858
free 5pm till12 midnight

NHS non emergency:
Call 111

Contact your GP

Download Stay Alive app at prevent-suicide.org.uk

#wspd16 #ItsOkayToTalk

Life out of control?

It's OK to talkA little stress is healthy but too much is too much.
When life feels out of control, it’s not unusual to feel down or have suicidal feelings — many men do. What matters is not letting it drag on.

Stuff happens

We can’t control what happens to us in life. You just need to look at the news headlines to know that. But we can control how we react to it. That means recognising when you’re feeling out of control and doing something about it.

This card will show you how. Keep it in your wallet.
www.nspa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WSPD-smart-card.pdf

Why it matters

As well as making you miserable, long-term overload will increase your risk of serious disease including cancer, heart disease and high-blood pressure.

It will lead to poor decisions which will make you less effective at work and at home and will even follow you into bed, disrupting sleep and your sex-life.

Tell us why parks in South Ashford matter

Victoria ParkSouth Ashford Community Forum (SACF) are asking for your help in telling a parliamentary committee why parks in South Ashford matter.

South Ashford Community Forum (SACF) is considering submitting evidence to the Inquiry into the Future of Public Parks being undertaken by the Commons Select Committee for Communities and Local Government (CLGC).

CLGC Chair, Clive Betts MP, has said: “Whether it is kicking the ball about with friends, joining a parkrun, walking the dog or just relaxing with a paperback, people value their local parks, but with councils under enormous financial pressures and with no legal obligation to fund and maintain public parks, these precious community resources may be at risk. (more…)

Big Boys Do Cry

We're in your cornerA new initiative has been launched by Ashford Samaritans, supported by Ashford Borough Council, which aims to reduce what has been called the ‘silent epidemic’ of men’s suicide within the borough.

Men are almost three times more likely to take their own lives than women and more middle-aged men are killed by suicide than by cancer, heart disease or traffic accidents.

The campaign, Big Boys Do Cry, aims to break down the barriers preventing men from seeking help when it seems there is nothing left to live for. (more…)

Domestic Abuse Service Integration Consultation

Kent County CouncilBackground:

Domestic Abuse Support Services in Kent are currently funded through a mixture of commissioned services, grant funding and charitable funds. The landscape of service provision varies across the county with different levels of support available in different areas of Kent.

The three largest commissioned services are Women’s Refuges, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) and Floating Support. Refuges and Floating Support are commissioned by Kent County Council, and these contracts come to an end in 2016. The IDVA service is partnership funded, with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) holding the contract. This contract is also due to end in 2016.

Proposal:

We are proposing to integrate these existing services into a single service, to be delivered by service providers working together within partnership and subcontracting arrangements to improve client journeys and provide clarity on where to go for support.  This will ensure consistency of support available wherever a client is living.  The proposal includes the introduction of a central referral process to ensure those accessing the service can be referred appropriately at their first contact.

Have your say:

Please have a look at the Consultation Document, the summary of the proposed service and the draft service specification.

You can have your say by using the online questionnaire or by sending in a paper version which may be downloaded below.

The consultation closes on the 15th of July 2016

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