Mental health and Wellbeing

Everybody has mental health, just like they have physical health. The two, whilst separate parts of us, can also affect each other. Mental health is the mental and emotional state in which we feel able to cope with the normal pressures of everyday life.
Our mental wellbeing is important, because it influences not only how we think and feel about ourselves, but also how we think and feel about other people.  It affects our outlook on a situation or the environment around us. We want to support our staff to achieve positive mental health and wellbeing, and also for you to know where you can access support for the times when you feel you need it.

We want everyone to know that it’s OK to not be OK.

1 in 4 adults will experience a common mental health problem.

It’s completely normal and you may have felt like this at some point in your life as a result of day-to-day problems, such as work stress, car troubles, caring responsibilities or arguing with friends or family. Other times, these feelings can be triggered because of a more significant event, like someone close to you dying, relationship breakdowns, physical health issues or financial worries. Sometimes it’s not clear what the cause is.

We are all unique, and we therefore cannot compare ourselves to others.  What one person can cope with, another cannot – that’s just being human, we’re all completely different.

Accessing Support

Being mentally healthy and living well is important to every single one of us, whether we are living with a mental illness or not. People access support for a variety of reasons, including preventative! It’s an excellent idea to try and do things that mean our mental health stays positive, rather than reacting to it once it’s already dipped low and needs building up again.

If you, or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to ask for help and support. Talking might not be the solution but it’s always the starting point. For many people, talking to friends, family, or colleagues is a good option. Sometimes though, it can be easier to talk to someone who doesn’t know you. There are a range of completely confidential options available, and we’ve listed some below in case you want to get in touch privately:

Our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), Vivup,  is available for all employees.

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Getting help right now

If you’re having more extreme thoughts and feelings, or you’re considering taking your own life, you should speak to someone as soon as possible. Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your options include:

  • Booking an emergency appointment with your doctor
  • Visiting your nearest A&E department or calling 999 for life threatening emergencies.
  • Vivup – 0800 023 9387 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
  • The Samaritans – 116123 (24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
  • CALM (for men) – 0800 58 58 58 (5pm to midnight every day).
  • Papyrus HOPEline UK (for young people under 35) – 0800 068 4141, 9am – midnight every day of the year (weekends and Bank Holidays included) or text 07786 209697.
  • CALL Mental Health Helpline For Wales (a confidential listening and support service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year) – Call 0800 132 737 or text help to 81066.
  • Shout (a confidential text service open 24/7) – text SHOUT to 85258.
  • Speak to a Mental Health First Aider in work.


Mental Health First Aiders

We have a number of Mental Health First Aiders within Denbighshire Leisure, who will respond and support you in the event of a mental health crisis, or if you don’t feel comfortable talking to a member of your team about your issues.

Sian Bennett
Head of Active Communities
01824 712710, sian.bennett@denbighshireleisure.co.uk
Ian Olson
Commercial Manager
01824 712375 / 07887 711303, ian.olson@denbighshireleisure.co.uk
Steven Baldwin Commercial Manager
01824 712378
Sara Gray
Catering Manager
01824 712308, sara.gray@denbighshireleisure.co.uk
Dafydd Howatson
Group Food & Beverage Operations Manager
07810 417988, daf.howatson@denbighshireleisure.co.uk
Leah Thomas
Welsh Language PR, Communications & Media Officer
01824 712705 / 07909 686495, leah.thomas@denbighshireleisure.co.uk

Mental Health: Online help and advice

You can find a lot of information on mental health as well as help, support and advice on managing a range of issues at:

  • Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/
  • Time to change: support for employees
  • Mental Health Foundation: Your mental health https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/
  • NHS https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/mental-health-services/
  • Hafal https://hafal.org/

Specific support

If you or someone you know needs support with a specific issue, the below might be useful:

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