It’s Mental Health Week this week, and local Community Interest Company Rotundus are putting plans in place to improve the knowledge and support of mental health issues throughout South Wales.
Starting as a conversation between founder Dave Beadle and a friend, Rotundus has evolved from a Facebook group for men to openly discuss mental health to a physical organisation offering male-specific support and most recently, thanks to Lottery funding, courses helping both men and women to overcome anxiety and live their lives with more confidence. ‘The very real need for an extra service spanning the gap between identification of anxiety and other mental health issues and treatment by GP referred services, which can often be approximately 20 weeks is something we identified very early on’Dave told us ‘Resources for tackling problems on a personal basis and within the corporate setting is something we are excited to be offering. Recent funding has started to turn our dreams of helping people into reality’.
Every week, 84 men and 28 women take their own lives in the UK. Staff at Rotundus are making it their mission to make sure people affected by anxiety, stress and depression in South Wales have somewhere to turn and discover coping strategies long before they become part of this statistic. Through workshops, 1-2-1 phone support, peer-group support, public speaking, corporate training and even walking groups, Rotundus is aiming to provide a service that can work for everybody. Although delivered very differently throughout these various methods, the message is always the same - creating resilience to manage mental ill-health and well-being positively.
Stress in the workplace costs the UK economy £34 billion every year, and that is purely the amount attributed to reported mental health issues, not the physical side effects of stress. Working to help clients cope in both their corporate and home environments simultaneously to positively manage mental health issues, Dave believes Rotundus has the formula to produce lasting positive outcomes for clients, ultimately saving businesses a lot more than the investment they make in the training.
One of the first elements Rotundus started was a blog where Scott Hughes offered to share his very personal journey of suicide and how he is now an advocate for talking out so others know they are not alone.
Workshops and support groups are one thing, but what is really important to Dave and the other members of Rotundus is the very real differences they are making to people’s lives.
Dave shared some of the feedback he has received since starting Rotundus ‘those who have attended workshops and have been part of Rotundus’growth has been really positive, I have been personally told that my story has helped others to stay strong and even alive. For me, this is the most powerful feedback I have ever received.’
Being a not for profit company, all proceeds from corporate workshops and courses can be ploughed straight back into the business, making the number of people they can help and the breadth of services offered more extensive month by month. ‘It’s an exciting time for us, and seeing our ideas come together to help others has been very rewarding’Dave explained.
Rotundus will be holding Beating Anxiety workshops in Blaenau Gwent, Rhonda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan in upcoming months, visit their website,to find out when. Dave will also be one of four speakers at Speaker night in Cardiff on 21st November in conjunction with My Discombobulated Brain - focusing on speakers relaying their real-life experiences - book your ticket at rotundus.co.uk/intro
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