Lions and Spiders
“When Spiders unite they can tie up a lion” Ethiopian Proverb
Why have I chosen quote?
Today, I am helping out HEALTHY MINDS with an anti stigma workshop for volunteers at HOMESTART
Home-Start Halifax was set up in October 1999 after the North Halifax area was identified as having high levels of needs due to deprivation. In response to this, Home-Start could help parents improve their parenting skills, confidence and access other services both within the statutory and voluntary sector.http://www.homestartcalderdale.org.uk/homestart_calderdale
People who are fighting stigma and living with it. Spiders are ugly, creepy and don’t have many enduring qualities- in my head, I think a lot of people approach people who struggle with mental health issues as they would a huge spider.
The cool thing is nature dictates that there are always going to be more spiders than lions and united we can break the silence around stigmatising mental health.
MY MAIN MESSAGE TO HOME-START VOLUNTEERS IS THIS:
You are not just an organisation made up of staff and volunteers. Regardless of who gets paid money for their time and who offers their time- ultimately everyone within the organisation whatever your role is no less or more important than the other roles.
Your organisation and YOU, the volunteers who represent your organisation ,come into a family’s home when Mental Health is usually not so stable.
Your organisation can be the first port of call and who can sign post people to different support agencies
. Your role and the decisions that are made within the organisation can be the difference between the Local authorities becoming involved or to let the community and a family work through issues as a community should.
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This is my Monday boost and inspiration – Have a great day.Can’t wait to catch up with you later on.
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