An exciting opportunity has arisen within MCH Psychological Services for an enthusiastic Band 7 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist to become part of our growing team.

The successful candidate will have a keen interest in working collaboratively with children and their families and with partner agencies to promote positive outcomes for children and families, both within Minds Matter and Isle Listen, the two initiatives provided by MCH. The role will offer core interventions as well as specialist psychotherapy interventions to children and adolescents and their families, as well as consultation to the team. They will working alongside the therapeutic team and other agencies to provide the best quality of care to support mental health and wellbeing on the Isle of Man.

The successful candidate will be offered regular 1:1 line management as well as individual, team and therapeutic models clinical supervision, whilst also having an opportunity to join clinical case discussion meetings, peer supervision groups and regular academic learning events.

For more information regarding this role please contact Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive, on (01624) 679544 or email andrea@mindsmatter.org.im. Closing date for applications will be Friday 9th October 2020.

An Oxford University study released in October 2019 demonstrated a clear link between happy workers and productivity. 

With this week being International Happiness at Work week, it got me thinking about why this is so important. We often discuss with organisations we work with, the importance of creating a constructive culturewhere good health and wellbeing are high on the agenda as this creates the opportunity for people to be their best, their happiest self. With this thought, we wanted to share a ‘How To’ of 5 ways that you can be happier at work: 

  1. Celebrate your successesTake the time to acknowledge a job well done and give yourself a pat on the back. It doesn’t have to be a huge accomplishment either, even small goals, milestones and progress made against a bigger goal are worth celebrating.  Reflecting on a successful job completed builds confidence
  2. CollaborateWorking together with people to achieve a shared goal makes us feel connected, supported and strengthens relationships with our colleagues. Social interaction is an important facet of our wellbeingLearn something about your colleagues; What are their interests? What sparks their passions? – Why not get inspiration from those close by
  3. Learn something newTake the time to master a new skill, develop ourselves or acquire new knowledge – All will help to enhance our sense of self-esteem.
  4. Find your motivationUnderstand how your personal values and beliefs align with those of the organisation you work for, whether it is a cause, a service or a product, find a way to connect with it and make it the thing that gets you out of bed in the morning.
  5. Leave early: Every now and then take a break, get a coffee or enjoy your down time, holidays and weekends. With many of us still spending at least some time working remotely, it is important to set clear boundaries and look after our own wellbeing. 

#islelisten #workplace #happinessatwork #internationalhappinessatworkweek #happinessatworkweek #isleofman #remoteworking

 

Last week marked the start of a new school year, which means that it’s the start of a new and exciting time for the Isle Listen team to get stuck in with our school sessions. 
 
We believe it is important that the community, including children and young people are equipped with skills and techniques to help them deal with any stressors, or things that make them feel nervous or anxious in their day to day life. This is more important than ever, with going back to school being different to previous years, and we were so excited to deliver this on an even bigger and better scale! 
 
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, our team were out in full force and we ran a variety of sessions across 3 different year groups within QEII. We ran PSHE lessons for Year 7 exploring change and the challenges moving from year 6 to year 7. In the sessions we discussed how our confidence comes from our preparation and the importance of talking openly and honestly whilst going through change to support their mental wellbeing.  

With the Year 9’s we ran a new ‘quick fire’ style session in the school hall. We laid out 4 ‘stations’, each with a different coping strategy exercise set up on them. They had 8 minutes per station and moved through all 4, learning along the way an introduction to: 

We chose to do this because we know not everybody will cope with stress or feeling nervous or anxious in the same way, so the idea behind having 4 different strategies is that they may resonate with at least one of them and give them a go in their own time. 

Last, but by no means least, we ran sessions for the new Year 12’s from Castle Rushen, Ramsey Grammar School and QEII on ‘Adulting’. This was focussed on the changes you go through in life and how to handle those transitions as best as possible. In these sessions they were presented with a range of difficult scenarios that they may come across and discussed how they might manage these to create the best possible outcome for all involved. 

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the sessions, it was great to see the teachers getting involved too! We had so much fun putting together and delivering these sessions and over the first 2 days of the new school year, we had an input with approximately 540 students, and we can’t wait to build on that over the coming year! 
 
#backtoschool #backtoschool2020 #islelisten 

 

Across the globe, someone will take their own life every 40 seconds, and this year, the World Health Organisation estimates that could increase to 1 every 20 seconds. 

How many of these deaths could be prevented if individuals either have access to community services or feel able to speak up earlier on about how they were feeling? Before whatever issue those feelings stem from is able to take hold? 

The idea behind World Suicide Prevention Day is to raise awareness, commit to change and to take actions that begin to improve education around and understanding of how we can help to change that opening statistic.  

Firstly, we need to relinquish the idea that dealing with suicidal ideation is purely the responsibility of health professionals and charities 

Yes, in a crisis situation you should absolutely still call 999 or a local Crisis Intervention Team.  

However, when it comes to intervening prior to that point, it’s the responsibility of all of us that are able, to be aware of some warning signs and to do our best to support friends and family that are struggling. It can often be difficult to recognise when someone may be straying close to the edge, and often when someone close to us takes their life we think that we should have known, we analyse every interaction and thing they said and convince ourselves that we should have picked up on something. But we can’t spend our lives constantly assessing people’s behaviour on the basis that they might be considering suicide.  

What we need to do instead is foster an environment and communities that allow people to feel able to ask for help. Just 10 or 15 minutes every couple of weeks or so to sit with or call your friends and ask about how each other is getting on, what you’ve been up to and how you’re feeling about things. This helps to create that open culture and normalise discussing emotions. (Guys I’m talking about you!)  

If you can pick up issues when they begin, we can work through that problem before it has a chance to grow.  

This point highlights the importance of early intervention services and being able to access them. Over 75% of suicides occur in low income areas, often with insufficient access to statutory services. Private therapy or counselling can be pricey and this is often a huge barrier to people being able to engage with them. Local charities do their best to bridge the gap, triage and signpost to appropriate services, but often lack resources to keep up with demand. Every area is different, and you should check what is available to you and the people around you.  

Some Potential Warning Signs: 

We can’t recognise every sign; even mental health professionals may not pick up on suicidal ideation if the individual is intent on completion and doesn’t want to reveal their intentions. However, most people will try to ask for help. Not with words, but through actions and behaviours.  

If you are worried about someone, don’t push them to discuss something if they’re obviously very upset or uncomfortable. However, you should ask direct questions if you can.  

While a “Yes” response to these questions doesn’t necessarily mean someone is at imminent risk of suicide, they are obviously an indicator that something is amiss and the person is willing to acknowledge they need help.  

If a suicidal plan is disclosed and the person has the means to act, assume that the risk is imminent and act immediately; dial 999 or 111 (UK First Response Service) and ask for option 2. Don’t put yourself at personal risk, especially if this person is not well-known to you, but do ensure that help is sought straightaway. 

If the person is having suicidal thoughts but has no active plan, signpost appropriate help (GP, Counselling, Helplines) and establish who they can speak to for immediate support (friends, family, colleagues). Isolation is an important risk-factor in suicidality.   

If you do help someone who is feeling suicidal, remember you too may need support. 

If you or someone you know is struggling, these are just a handful of services available: 

Crisis Response and Home Treatment Team IoM (CRHTT) – +44 1624 642860 

Samaritans – 116 123 (free) or 0330 094 5717 (local charges) 

Emergency Services  999 

SANEline – 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm–10.30pm every day) 

SHOUT – Text: SHOUT to 85258 (free 24/7)  

Oliver Chambers decided at the start of 2020 to shake himself up, set himself a challenge and raise money for an excellent cause. 

Unfortunately, coronavirus restrictions meant he had to change his plans to take part in the Manx Mountain Marathon and the Wicklow EcoTrail 50- mile run. However, the 24 – year old from Douglas would not be defeated and has now set his sights on completing one of the toughest challenges the Manx landscape can present. 

On Saturday 29th August, Oliver will tackle the infamous ‘Bob Baxter’, a route of between 50-60 miles that covers 37 hills for a total of over 11,000 feet of elevation. 

The challenge is named in memory of the popular local fell runner who first completed the course in 1975 in a time of 14 hours and 55 minutes. He knocked 2 hours off his time the following year. 

According to the MFR website only a handful of athletes have completed the ‘Bob Baxter’ since then, and the record of 11 hours and 35 minutes, set by Colin Donnelly in 1982, still stands today. 

Through sponsorship for his incredible efforts Oliver plans to raise £1000 for local charity MCH Psychological Services, formerly known as Manx Cancer Help. MCH provides free, timely psychotherapy and counselling services for people with cancer or another life limiting diagnosis.  

The charity’s experienced, professional team are also behind the Isle Listen project – a community based positive mental health initiative, launched last year. 

Oliver said,” MCH have been doing amazing work for many years now, providing a service which has been underfunded on the Isle of Man. More recently, this service has expanded with the introduction of Isle Listen – the fantastic team has been helping young people be more mindful of their mental health and how to cope in times of difficulty. They also train employers to be more aware of work-related stress and employee wellbeing”. 

If you would like to support Oliver’s fundraising please visit his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oliver-chambers1 or call MCH on 679544. 

 

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Each of our art workshops have a specific theme, tailored to build self confidence and positive coping strategies in young people.

Peel Centenary Centre: Masks – What we show on the outside and what we are on the inside can be different. Make your own mask that shows what you are like to other people and what you see yourself as.

Jurby Community Centre: Rollercoaster – Life has lots of ups and downs, a bit like a rollercoaster. Create your own rollercoaster that you can ride through your life.

Morton Hall, Castletown: Portraits – Every person is a little bit different. Make a self-portrait that represents you and all the things that are unique about you.

We’re sorry but our summer workshops have now finished.

Our sessions are filling up fast and so with limited spaces available, don’t hesitate to book on one of the Island-wide sessions to see the physical & mental benefits of PLAY going hand-in-hand.

We’re sorry but our summer workshops have now finished.

MCH Psychological Services is a local third sector organisation with over 35 years of providing evidence based psychological support on the Isle of Man. Isle Listen is a new initiative based upon early detection of need and low level interventions to support wellbeing. 

This is an exciting full-time opportunity for an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has previously worked with child and adolescent populations, to be clinical lead for Isle Listen and MCH. Experience in the provision of mental health care to adults with chronic illness would also be welcome. The job will suit a wide range of expertise in the area of psychological treatment: Integrative, CBT, third-wave (e.g. ACT, DBT) as well as work with families and young people. 

You will be expected to have exceptional communication skills and will coordinate all the clinical work as well as providing supervision and guidance for our multi-disciplinary team. You will lead in evaluation, audit, service development and research.  

The MCH mission is to provide a safe and empowering working environment in which compassion, curiosity and empathy are key. We will consider part-time working and less experienced candidates with career development ambitions.  

For further information please contact Andrea Chambers, Chief Executive or to apply in the strictest confidence email andrea@thecentre.im 

Closing date Friday 24 July, 2020 

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Manx Telecom helps to keep us connected 

 

We’ve seen another great example of Manx Telecom’s commitment to our community recently. They’ve very generously gifted 6 mobile phone contracts to the Isle Listen team, and our colleagues in MCH Psychological Services, meaning we can all continue to provide telephone and online support to our existing clients and all new referrals received during the past few challenging months. 

This has helped us so much at a time when our services are needed more than ever, but fundraising activities have been suspended. 

 

Thank you, Manx Telecom! 

We’re so grateful to have received recent donations from a variety of companies and organisations, helping us support people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

With our traditional fundraising activities suspended since March, this fantastic financial support has been more important than ever. 

A huge thank you to the following: 

 

 

 

 

Children and young people are benefiting from an important new initiative recently launched by an established mental health charity on the Isle of Man.

MCH Psychological Services (formerly Manx Cancer Help) has changed its constitution in response to identified needs and can now provide mental health education and support for school pupils as well as the specialist therapies they provide for people with cancer.

The Isle Listen initiative focuses on prevention and early intervention work aimed at improving the emotional wellbeing of our children and young people- a pilot year supported by the Scheinberg family and the Elizabeth Clucas Trust is already underway in 2 secondary schools and will begin shortly in their associate primaries. Plans are in place to roll out the initiative across the Island in subsequent years, subject to funding.

The Isle Listen team deliver age appropriate workshops and assemblies covering issues that can affect mental health and wellbeing – and specially trained mentors provide a listening service for young people who are struggling to cope with low level stress and anxiety, with referral to other agencies where necessary. The framework has been developed, and all training delivered, by accredited mental health clinicians who also provide supervision for the mentors working in schools.

The launch event highlighted the negative or positive impact that environmental factors can have on mental wellbeing with mood lighting, effects, images and sound designed by Bold Consultancy, with technical expertise supplied by ELS Isle of Man.

Lloyds Bank International and Parent2Parent generously sponsored the launch at the Villa Marina, which was attended by around 120 people and included an engaging and informative Q & A with members of the Isle Listen team.

Andrea Chambers, CEO of MCH Psychological Services said “ A huge thank you to all who made the launch event possible and I must also pay tribute to the passion and dedication of the Isle Listen team in bringing this initiative to fruition despite numerous challenges over the past 18 months”

The potential scope and future of Isle Listen is reliant upon community engagement and substantial funding. Anybody with an interest in supporting the initiative through corporate sponsorship or a fundraising event is very welcome to contact jessica@il_backup.test or call 679118.