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On average, 1 in 4 people will experience some kind of mental health issue in the course of a year. However, of these, only a relatively small number will be diagnosed with a serious and enduring mental health problem.
Volunteering has been shown to be beneficial to the mental health of individuals. It can improve overall mental health and also help to protect from mental health problems.
The Mental Health Foundation lists the following as someof the benefits of volunteering:
Supporting a volunteer with a mental health issue mostly follows the same methods of good practice as in all volunteer management. Here are some tips:
- What impact this might have on their work and the adjustments they might need (e.g. for some people, medication may make early morning starts difficult).
- Plans about what to do if someone becomes unwell, e.g. keeping the placement open for a period and ways to keep in touch etc.
- Discuss disclosure (i.e. what they want other staff and volunteers to know) and respect this decision.
- You can advertise opportunities; showing the range of volunteering roles out there and challenging myths about what volunteering can be.
- You can reach out to and involve current volunteers; providing an opportunity for people to share their experiences - good, bad or indifferent.
- It reaches people who aren't quite ready to join in, and for them to read about others who've faced similar circumstances and experiences and overcome them or stuck with it despite the challenges, can encourage others to take that first step.
- Producing the newsletter creates enjoyable volunteering roles for people who enjoy writing, art and photography.