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Abi Clarke from MISS (Miscarriage Information Support Service), First Aid for Mental Health

At OSi we realise the importance of not only effective mental health workplace strategies but also the benefits that well planned effective approaches can bring to charities and peer support groups.

That is why for the last few months the dedicated team at MISS the Miscarriage Information Support Service have undergone level 1 and 2 training in Mental Health First Aid.

It’s been a pleasure to help this team develop skills they can apply in their roles

We are pleased to open our blog to Abi from MISS to explain a little about what they do.
“My name is Abi Clarke and I am Chairperson/Founder of the charity, MISS (Miscarriage Information Support Service).
MISS is a support service for women and men who have suffered a miscarriage,
As well as Director for events management and wedding planning business, AC Weddings & Events.
MISS has two monthly support groups, a 24/7 phone service and active social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.
We have also recently started support for “Next Pregnancies”.
I approached Brett Townsley, Director from Omniscent Safety Innovations as we were keen to study and learn about Mental Health First Aid.
Brett was also highly recommended by local businesses and colleagues.
We were particularly interested to do this for our members, telephone service and support groups.
I am delighted to say that myself, Anna Rist and Claire Taylor have passed the Level 1 and 2 training.
MISS highly recommends Omniscient Safety Innovations ltd,
This training – plenty of case studies and life experiences as well as explaining how it relates to MISS. We enjoyed the role play and learned on areas we need to improve”
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The Sam Lobban Trophy by Liam Cronin

We have opened up our blog to our guest Liam today.

Liam has gone above and beyond in trying to help remove mental health stigma and raising funds to support CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) & Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA).

We have been able to provide Liam with donations for the raffle and continue offering support for the event. If you can help in any way please see the bottom of blog for contact details.

“My name is Liam Cronin and I am the organiser behind The Sam Lobban Trophy.  A sevens style rugby tournament hosted annually in Aberdeen at Aberdeen Wanderers RFC home ground, in order to raise funds for Mental Health Aberdeen MHA.Sam was a great friend of mine, he was an incredible individual and a truly amazing friend. Sam sadly passed away in 2018 following a battle with his mental health.  Male suicide and mental health is a big issue that can’t be ignored any longer. It’s unacceptable that so many men are dying from suicide on a daily basis.

I wanted to do something to not only celebrate his life but also try raise awareness and funds in his name.As Sam was a big rugby fan and an exceptional player, I felt it was only right to organise a rugby tournament in his honour.

The event grew in its second year due to the massive amount of support shown through sponsors and donations.

Special thanks to all those that have made this possible; Aberdeen Wanderers RFC, Russell Gibson Financial Management, Mental Health Aberdeen, Specialist Valve Services.

Being able to include the Mental Health Aberdeen logo on the team shirt, really helped to bring home what the day is all about.

An incredible total of £3000.04 was raised for Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA). Which in turn is the equivalent of 75 individual counselling sessions.   

This year I’m looking to expand tournament further, including bringing more teams to the tournament itself. 

On the event day we hope to have a food area, beer tent and music. As well as providing a family friendly area for the younger spectators followed by a raffle to finish it off.

The selected date is the 25th of July. The event starts at 12pm and the first kick off will be 1pm. 

It was decided that moving forward with this tournament that Mental Health Aberdeen (MHA) would be the chosen charity partner. MHA played a massive part in the success of last year’s event.

As this is a local charity it means all the money raised in Sam’s name will go back into the area and help those in need. This year marks Mental Health Aberdeen’s 70th birthday, so please join me and help make this year’s tournament a success and help raise as much funds as possible for this fantastic charity and help make it a special birthday. 

For regular updates on this year’s tournament please visit the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/540414649888934/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1578649455207873

If you wish to make a donation for the raffle or would like to hear some more information about the day or sponsorship packages available, please email myself at thesamlobbantrophy@gmail.com 

If you sadly can’t join us on the day or simply wish to make a donation, please do so using this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/slt2020

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read this blog.

I hope you can join us on the day and fingers crossed we get good weather! Please remember that it’s ok to not be ok.

Liam”

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Guest Blog From Mike Scotland

At OSi we believe that effective workplace solutions for mental health should include effective ways

for employees to communicate concerns or issues.

Peer support groups are an effective tool that’s why we are collaborating with the fastest growing energy peer support group ManUp SpeakUp.

It’s for that reason we decided to open our blog to a very special guest Mike Scotland.

Mike is the founder of the group, we welcome him to explain the importance and reasons behind starting the group.

 

“manUP speakUP is a community to TALK, to HELP, to LISTEN and to SHARE

Allowing members to become a part of the movement to eliminate the mental health stigma,

within the Offshore/Oil & Gas/Maritime and Energy industries.

Not only does “manUP speakUP” use engagement with it’s members as a tool to eliminate the stigma attached to mental health,  everyone at manUP speakUP promotes engagement with their employers, to promote a change in behaviours of everyone to reach the same end goal

An end to not talking, a route to opening the door to the future of good mental health”  Mike Scotland 

 

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Addition to the Team Mike Scotland ManUP SpeakUP

We are proud to announce the addition of a new associate to our team

Mike Scotland will be joining us to provide unique bespoke workforce engagement safety sessions and safety coaching

Dedicated to improving the culture of health and safety within the Offshore & Energy industries.

Through innovative and unique presentations, along with practical and hands on approach both onshore and offshore

Over a decade of experience in training & coaching, in both sports and offshore safety environments.  Assisting individuals to achieve their goals or improve their performance.

Mike has received multiple safety awards for his work,  recognised for his efforts during “International Men’s Day 2019.”

Founder of manUP speakUP, the fastest growing mental health support organisation. With a reach to 50 countries world wide.

Mike and his team support over 700 hundred members in the Offshore, Maritime and Oil & Gas industries with members openly saying, “This group has saved my life.” manUP speakUP was also recognised as most inspiring business in 2019 alongside Equinor and Gathimba Edwards Foundation.

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The Omniscient Safety Innovations Team Are Going To England!

We are getting ready to make a trip…

Can we be of help to you?

Offering a wide range of services from First Aid for Mental Health to all aspects of Health & Safety.

We will be visiting the South West of England at the end of the month, if we can be of assistance please get in touch.

 

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Safety That Matters

It’s great that once again Omniscient Safety Innovations highlighted by another safety organisation for our innovative approach to workplace Safety

Get in touch if you would like to improve your safety performance and mental health strategy at work

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OSI At The Sports Personality Of The Year Awards

What an incredible evening for the Omniscient Safety innovations ltd team at the SPOTY awards 2019.

OSI got to witness the amazing arrival of the awarding trophy. By Gareth Thomas with Dame Kelly Holmes after the monumental journey across the UK.

Gareth spoke eloquently about the battle we face to remove stigma of mental health issues, and how we all have the capability to be inspirational.

At OSI we could not agree more, That’s why we believe effective workplace strategies for mental health are so critical.

Well done to all the winners, nominees and all those involved in such a brilliant event

#mentalhealthmatters
#mentalhealthatwork
#workplacesafety
#veteranowned

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Talks with Aberdeen Councillor on the importance of early intervention for mental health

We are extremely happy to reveal we have recently been working with Aberdeen Council.

Discussing delivery of mental health strategies and how to educate on the importance of early intervention.

We recently delivered Mental Health training at Aberdeen Townhouse, to a group of individuals including council staff and local Mental Health support group leaders.

Providing the group with confidence and knowledge to identify the signs and symptoms of mental health issues.

Brett Townsley, Director at OSI and veteran of the UK Armed Forces Intelligence exploitation force said:

“Mental health training enables you to feel more equipped to reco