Last week I was honoured to be asked to host an open discussion at the RAF Shawbury Hive for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Although the subject of mental health is getting more coverage now, especially in the armed forces it is still considered a taboo subject. The veterans seem to be leading the discussions around PTSD, suicide and the much more palatable term ‘mental fitness.’ This is all really fantastic and can’t be encouraged enough however as my husband is still serving I am still very keenly aware that there is still a code of silence behind the wire.
The fact of the matter is that serving personnel are worried about their jobs and what their peers will think of them. Spouses are concerned but don’t always know who to turn to and a lot of the time are under strict instruction not to breathe a word to anyone on patch. It’s because of this I think it’s really great that more and more stations like RAF Shawbury are getting on board with the conversation to help encourage those who are suffering to come forward and be helped.
Despite the theme for this year’s mental health awareness week being body image I decided to freestyle it a bit and came up with the topic of kindness instead, Kick Ass Kindness in fact. After all, it’s something that is free, makes both the giver and the recipient feel good and makes for a happier working environment as well as home environment. The other key point is that we could all be a lot kinder to ourselves.
If you would like me to facilitate a kindness workshop at your place of work then please do get in touch.