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“Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Mental Health Support”

In a world that often moves at a rapid pace, it’s crucial to prioritise our mental health. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health support can make it challenging for individuals to seek the help  they need.

This blog aims to break the silence and provide valuable insights into mental health support.

Within our First Aid for Mental Health courses in Huddersfield, we look at what provision there is locally to support others with their health & wellbeing.

First of all  we need to look at what mental health is, and who actually has it.

1. **Understanding Mental Health:**

Mental health is as important as physical health and encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By gaining a better understanding of mental health, we can create a more compassionate and informed support network. Everyone has mental health just like we have physical health

2. **Destigmatising Mental Health:**

   Stigma is a significant barrier that prevents many individuals from seeking help.. By destigmatising mental health, we can create an environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking the support they need without fear of judgment.

One reason for this could be due to the fact that mental health can very often be hidden and is certainly personal to the individual, and what we can’t see can sometimes be really difficult to understand in the world of first aid for mental health.

3. **Building a Supportive Community:**

   A strong support system is crucial for mental well-being. The importance of building a supportive community that encourages open communication and active listening is key

Historically, we had a kitchen table and no TV or Computer or mobile phones in sight. But what it did mean is that we spoke and we chatted about how our days had gone and what to do about any problems or challenges that people had.

That support network is sometimes missing now and that in turns makes it difficult to have those conversations.

We are all happy to say ‘morning, you ok?’ and expect the answer back of ‘ yes, are you?’ However that doesn’t encourage people to be open and honest about the situations they are feeling at the time.

4. **Available Resources:**

   Providing information on available mental health resources, including hotlines, counselling services, and online platforms is so unbelievably helpful. On our mental health first aid courses, our learners look and  explore different options and find the support that best suits varying needs. This is highlighted as a sign of strength, not weakness.

5. **Self-Care Practices:**

   Introducing self-care practices that can contribute to overall mental well-being is also a part we now sadly miss out on. From mindfulness and meditation to exercise and proper sleep, it is so helpful to share practical tips that individuals can incorporate into their daily lives. Empowering individuals to prioritise self-care as an essential aspect of maintaining good mental health.

6. **Encouraging Professional Help:**

   While a strong support system is crucial, sometimes professional help is necessary on some occasions and this could be GP, crisis team, A & E or Samaritans in the first instance. Discussing the benefits of therapy and counselling, emphasising that seeking the assistance of mental health professionals is a proactive step towards better mental well-being is something we should all be comfortable in saying moving forward.

7. **Sharing Personal Stories:**

Talking about personal stories or testimonials to humanise the mental health journey can be really useful as long as this doesn’t take away the initial fact you are there to support someone else. Although real-life experiences can inspire others to seek help and show that they are not alone in their struggles. Both Steve and myself have struggled, myself from the age of 5 to be honest, when my life was turned upside down and support in those days wasn’t heard of, and that is why we are passionate about supporting and teaching others with their mental health through our First Aid for Mental Health courses.


In conclusion, creating a culture of mental health support requires collective effort. By understanding mental health, breaking down stigma, building supportive communities, and accessing available resources, we can make significant strides in fostering a healthier and more compassionate society. Let’s encourage open conversations and be allies in the journey towards mental well-being. Together, we can break the silence surrounding mental health and create a world where everyone feels heard, supported, and understood.

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Saturday – Emergency First Aid 1 Day Courses

1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work on a Saturday

Purple Dog Ltd are now running the 1 Day Emergency First Aid at Work courses on a Saturday as well as during the week.

These courses are running at our training room in Deighton at Office 14,  Ingfield Enterprise Centre,
Cherry Nook Road, Deighton, Huddersfield, HD2 1JD from 9.00 AM-16.30 PM.

The course is for those working in low risk environments and if you are unsure what your workplace classes as, please feel free to use our first aid needs calculator found on the home page (at no extra cost to you)

The subjects covered on the day long course are

Recognition and treatment of:

  • Health & Safety and use of equipment
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • CPR on an adult, child and baby
  • Unconscious casualty
  • Seizures
  • Choking
  • Shock
  • Wounds, bleeding and the blood loss theory
  • Minor injuries
  • Being able to use an AED machine (Defibrillator)

The dates we have booked in at present are:




Costs per place is £72.50 +VAT with free WiFi, tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.

All tutors have done the job they are teaching you are about, so they can bring learning to life with real life experiences and they are able to answer any question you ask them in relation to first aid.

Unsure what your first aid requirements are? Purple Dog offer at no cost to you, a first aid needs assessment

Or want to find out more about your legal responsibilities: Click on the link   HSE First Aid at Work, your questions answered

To make a booking or for clarification with regards to this Saturday course or any other first aid course we deliver, then please call Iain on 01484 546780, or book through the website and you can also stay up to date with new course dates via our social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+.


Asthma kills 3 people a day

Did you know 3 people a day die from Asthma?

It is awful knowing Asthma kills THREE people a day.

To think that this is a condition and as such if managed means you can lead a full life, if you consider certain things.

How things have changed

When I was little… There were perhaps four of my fellow pupils in the whole of Meltham County Primary School who had hay-fever in the summer and one person who had eczema. Apart from that, there was nothing but the occasional outbreak of nit. No, I never had those little beggars either! We spent most of our time outside, I tried and failed to get on the big rock on the picture during play times. I have to say, it is a big rock. It was at least 18 feet high when you are 8 years old. Now it is actually about 2 feet high (erosion is harsh in Meltham). I was told that we had to play out, so we had to make our own fun (marbles, bike rides, hide and seek – ooh and kick can or ‘op it’)

Why I say things have changed

Now things are very different though. We can’t, won’t or dare not let our children play out and experience the dirt, bugs, coughs and sneezes that they need to get use to. This means that when something comes along that our bodies do not understand, our children struggle with it. It is because the immune system having a fit and starts to think it is being attacked, but it is not just down to the outside. Hands up those who have cream or beige carpets and feel the need to clean with all those fancy cleaning products? Again, you are getting rid of the basic bugs that help our immune systems to grow stronger.

Hold on! That is not a reason to stop cleaning. I am just saying that perhaps you need to have a look at all this constant cleaning. We had Fairy Liquid, Vim and Domestos with the Fairy Liquid bottle being very useful for Blue Peter craft activities. Dyson Vacs weren’t invented, I am convinced James Dyson would be outside playing and climbing and getting dirty and rather than thinking he wanted to kill all household bugs with a metal sucking machine. How old do I now sound?

Anyway, why this post? Well let’s get back to the start, the fact that three people a day die from asthma and this is a condition not an illness. I would like to offer some words of wisdom to help, as I deliver First Aid Courses.

How to avoid a trigger situation

For a start, don’t put them in a trigger situation. For someone who has asthma set off by cats:

  1. First of all do not wave your cat in front of them (It is wrong on all levels!)
  2. Make sure you know if they have daily medication, they have used it as they should
  3. Make sure they have their inhaler if they must have one and make sure it isn’t about to run out
  4. If the asthma attack starts, sit them down leaning slightly forward and give them their inhaler
  5. DO NOT ASK THEM QUESTIONS – they are struggling to breathe, so you talk
  6. Reassure and try and keep them calm.
  7. Finally if the inhaler isn’t working, call an ambulance straight away.

For more information, please ask your GP or visit NHS Choices for more information.

Now there is a bit more to it than this, therefore if you would like to know more more. Contact Iain on 01484 546780 to get booked onto a Family First Aid course or Paediatric First Aid course or you can go directly to our Purple Dog Ltd website

Hope you liked the blog, Helen x