How are you?
No, really, how are you?
We say we’re fine when sometimes we’re not.
It’s important to realise that it’s OK not to be OK!
As part of our efforts to raise mental health awareness and to help destigmatise situational and chronic mental health issues, Provincial Grand Lodge of Berkshire, in association with Mind for better mental health, has arranged a very special online event:
Wellbeing with Mind
It will be hosted on Monday 8th February 2021 from 12:00 – 13:00 and is open to all Province Members (past and present) as well as family members. To register for the event, please browse to the following link and enter your details:
There are many misconceptions about mental health. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, but hundreds of thousands of people still struggle. New research reveals that when asked, over three quarters of people would tell friends and family that they are “fine” even if they are struggling with mental health.
And while there has been a positive change in the way that mental health is viewed and talked about, research shows a persistent gap between the attitudes of men and women, with men consistently showing less favourable attitudes. Men are less likely to report their own experience of mental health problems and less likely to discuss mental health problems. And yet, men are three times more likely to take their own lives, with suicide being the leading cause of death in men under 45.
In a year unlike any other, a year that has raised so many challenges, seen many of us isolated from family and friends, worrying about health, finances and the future, it’s more important than ever to look after yourself. We want to encourage you to speak openly about mental health, to recognise if you or a member of your family are suffering from poor mental health and to know that you are not alone, you have a support network to turn to, to listen.
It’s OK not to be OK!
Wellbeing with Mind Webinar
The event is being coordinated by Mind and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro. Matthew Walker. Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and we are honoured to have their support in running this event and shining a light on such an important part of our lives and our wellbeing.
The event will be hosted and chaired by the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro. Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE. He will be joined by three speakers.
Stephen Buckley, Mind’s Head of Information and Adam Davidi, Mind’s Information Officer
Stephen and Adam will talk about:
- What is mental health?
- How to recognise the signs of poor mental health
- Why is there stigma around mental health and how can we help overcome this
- How to look after yourself and ask for help, with practical steps and signposting.
Stephen Sunnucks, Lived Experience Speaker
Stephen first experienced mental health problems whilst at the height of his extremely successful career. He’ll be sharing with us his personal experiences of poor mental health, how he sought help and now manages his mental health, and how his experiences changed his attitudes about mental health.
The speakers will be available for a live Q&A session during the event. Attendees are invited to post their questions in the Chat window or to privately message their questions directly to the host.
The event will be recorded and the link will be made available to anyone who cannot attend or who would like to watch the event again.
We would like to thank the Masonic Charitable Foundation and The Berkshire Masonic Charity for their help and support in making this very important event happen.