Thoughts, beliefs and feelings video and transcript

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Thoughts, beliefs and feelings

This video gives general and practical guidance about mental health, and doesn't include targeted or personalised health or medical advice.

Thoughts, beliefs and feelings.

Imagine this...

You’re chatting with your manager and they say... “I’d like to catch up later”

Would you think: ‘I wonder what that’s about’

Or ‘I hope I haven’t missed a deadline’.

Or would you think: ‘Did I do something wrong?’

Or ‘Did I upset someone?’

We’re more likely to interpret something negatively if our mental health is in a poor space.

We can find all sorts of thoughts, beliefs and feelings descending upon us out of nowhere, and that’s natural.

‘I can’t cope’.

‘Best to avoid that difficult situation’.

‘If I’m not certain it’ll go well, it’ll go badly.’

‘People will judge me if I ask for help’.

These thoughts are one of the biggest barriers to finding help with poor mental health.

But there are people you can turn to for help. You could ask your manager for support, after all, that’s what they are there for.

But if this makes you feel uncomfortable... there are always other people you can turn to.

Like a friend, colleague… or your workplace might have an employee assistance programme.

We can all help our friends and colleagues with their mental health by being proactive. It can be as simple as sitting down with a friend or co-worker who might be struggling and saying “Is there anything I can do to make your week a bit easier?”

Because when we feel seen and supported, we’re much more likely to ask for help when we need it.

Watch the module 4 video for more ways to support someone with their mental health.

If you have questions about a mental health condition, talk to a doctor or qualified mental health care professional.