“Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle” ~ source unknown
This summer, like the majority of the world, I was both shocked and saddened to hear that Robin Williams, the outstanding actor and comedian, had taken his own life.
One of the discussions triggered by the news of Robin’s death was the wider issue of mental health. It was unfortunate, to say the least, to hear a few insensitive and ill-informed comments about Robin: ‘he had everything that he needed’, ‘he had all the money, why would he take his life?’
From what we know about mental health, it does not discriminate – it is an illness; it covers a wide spectrum, including anxiety/stress as well as severe depression.
The statistic from Mind UK is that, at any given time, one in six employees is suffering from a mental illness.
Therefore, even within a small Early Years setting, there could be a member of staff who […]