Let's Get Talking
Hey Rebels! How are you all doing? Long-time no speak.
But what better moment to kick start the conversation than on “Time to Talk” Day? Organised by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, today is dedicated to talking, opening up and spreading awareness about mental health.
Whilst living alongside daily social pressures and the continual stresses of the pandemic, it is important that we stop to acknowledge our emotions and feelings and talk about mental health. However, busy days and long working hours can make it difficult to put time aside to do this. Whether that is speaking openly to a family member, or journaling, it is super beneficial to have a mental health strategy in place that works for you. But did you know your workplace can help with this too?
So, us lot at Tiny Rebel decided to do just that and bring conversations around mental health to the forefront of our wellbeing strategy by creating our ‘Tiny Rebel Mental Health First Aiders Team’. The amazing individuals who make up our team are here to support those that need it, whilst also meeting as a team regularly to be their own support network.
St John Ambulance Cymru recently came to the brewery and delivered their 2 day Mental Health First Aid training course to our most recent cohort, meaning our Tiny Rebel Mental Health First Aiders Team is now 9, including these brilliant people:
(We don’t think anyone’s seen Paul jump so high in his life!)
Our objective is to have at least 10% of our workforce fully trained as Mental Health First Aiders by the end of 2022 so we can continue to create a workplace environment where employees feel heard, supported and comfortable talking about their mental health. Every Tiny Rebel employee is offered Mental Health Awareness training too which we hope will help to normalise some of these issues even more.
As today is all about talking, let’s rewind to our collaboration with ‘So Let’s Talk’, a non-profit organisation that provides preventative and holistic sessions with the aim to get people talking and positively change the culture within the hospitality industry. We teamed up to create two Low/Non Alc beers; SpeakEasy a 0.5% IPA and 86 The Silence a 2.5% Pomegranate Radler, to promote mindfulness and provide an opportunity for hospitality professionals to put themselves first. With every can purchased, it directly feeds back into providing education, events, training and activities on all aspects of mental, physical and financial health for those inside of the hospitality industry.
“After everything that has happened over the last two years, the industry needed our support! It wasn’t that hospitality businesses didn’t want to work with us, it was that the budgets weren’t there due to the challenging two years we’d had as an industry. So we wanted to give venues something that we could profit share on! It made sense for it to be beers but we wanted to provide a mindful option that hospitality professionals could enjoy after their shifts/ on their days off. So we reached out to the team at Tiny Rebel and we loved everything about you and your willingness to support meant that it was an easy choice for us.” - Paddy from So Let’s Talk
If you want to learn more about the work of So Let’s Talk and the resources available to you, the links are below:
If you or someone you know has a mental illness, is struggling emotionally, or has concerns about their mental health, getting help can be the most important first step to feeling better. Use these resources to find help for you, a friend, or a family member.
NB: In an emergency, including threat to life, you should always call Emergency Services on 999.
Telephone NHS (non-emergency medical number)
NHS home page - www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx (for information on health, including mental health issues and where to get further support)
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (call free any time, from any phone) https://www.samaritans.org/
Mind - Infoline 0300 123 3393 (for information and signposting – 9:00-18:00, Monday to Friday) https://www.mind.org.uk/
Community Advice and Listening Line (C.A.L.L.): Emotional Support and Information, available 24/7
Call 0800 132 737 or text ‘Help’ to 81066
Shout Crisis Text Line UK: Text support for anyone in crisis in the UK, available 24/7. Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258
We hope this blog has helped you guys identify where you can find resources and support for your mental health, whether you are in the hospitality sector or not. Together we can beat the stigma, it all starts with a conversation, so let’s keep it going…