It's okay not being okay...
Muted is a registered charity formed to provide information, support and knowledge of Depression and other mental health problems that effect Men and Women.
The Charity was founded and is run by a team of people, who have experienced, worked with and studied the effect of mental health and are committed to help people overcome or cope with their situations and conditions.
We provide one to one support to people suffering from mental health problems as well as those caring for or living with someone that is suffering. All information and conversations will always remain totally confidentially. If you or someone you know would benefit from support or require further information on how we can help please contact us.
In addition, we provide support in the workplace by giving presentations regarding mental health and facilitate tool box talks to provide both education and support to the whole workforce. If you, your employer or your business would benefit from then please let us know. There is no cost for the service, just benefits to your workplace.
Mental Health problems are more common than you think...
If you are worried about someone or your own mental health there are some things to look out for...
No interest or inspiration - a lack of interest in things that previously passion about such as sport, hobbles, maybe work or even sex.
Feelings - Feeling low, withdrawn or worthless.
Sleeping and Relaxing - more than normal and struggling to get out the bed in the morning. Finding doing things such as watching movies or just reading difficult and becoming restless and agitated.
Eating and Drinking - a loss of appetite. Drinking more alcohol than normal, particularly when feeling low or isolated.
Physical - lack of energy. More aches and pains than normal and back pain can often be a result of depression.
Focus - finding it difficult to focus on tasks such as projects at work or jobs at home.
Isolating - opting to stay home when previously enjoyed socialising.
Improving your Mental Health...
We would say this bit only because we know it helps. Talking to a mate. colleague or us can make a big difference. You will be surprised who has also experienced similar situations or feelings.
Visit your Doctor
Its an important step to take particularly if your are really struggling or have been for a long time. We know its not easy but you will not be judged and your Doctor will understand and can help. They meet with people every day struggling with their mental health
Prescribed by your Doctor and can really help in many cases. Whilst there is still a stigma attached to taking 'happy tablets' there really shouldn't be and well monitored course can really make a positive difference.
Its not all about tears, tissues and lying down on a couch. The right counselor for you can help you process your thoughts so you can manage and put things in order. Counselling can be arranged via your Doctor or you can go private.
Can sound scary especially if you don't currently do any but it can be one of the most beneficial methods.It doesn't have to be full on power lifting or even a gym membership. Just a walk, gentle jog or a bike ride are good enough, particularly to start with. Physical activity can also bring added benefits such as socializing and fresh air.
A good healthy diet can improve your mind especially when its a long side physical activity. Reducing or quitting alcohol and smoking will really help.
The support we have received from this charity has been very well received by our workforce. Although a voluntary charity the Hucknall Rolls-Royce site have had been pleased with the support that Muted have provided. They have provided us with a mixture of support (Tool Box Talks and Shop Floor Walks) which has helped us raise the awareness of Mental Health itself and the support available. The approach has gone down well as the volunteers have shared their personal journeys and have an ultimate aim to make it OK to talk about Mental Health.
The site were so grateful for the support that some employees decided to take part in one of their fundraising events “A Sponsored Fire Walk” to raise funds for the great work they do.
Muted took part in our in Diversity & Inclusion guest speaker series at our Pentland Nottingham site and had a huge impact! They brought a difficult subject to the fore, with honesty, warmth and good humour.
They candidly shared their own personal journeys to encourage others to do the same, and left quite a lasting impression on the business as a whole. We are still in contact with Muted today and plan to role this out to other sites, to reach out to as many people silently struggling, as possible.
Thank you to the guys from Muted for volunteering their time and helping us to raise awareness of Mental Health issues.
I went through a very difficult time and was left on my own. I was isolated and felt suicidal. I was referred to Muted and being able to speak to someone that understand how I felt and cared enough to maintain contact me really help. I’m doing well now, still some things to sort but I in regular contact with guys so even if I feel a little low sometimes there is always someone to talk to.
Ron - Mental Health Sufferer