Mental Health – When the Shoe (or the football boot) Is on the Other Foot

As the 3rd Round of the FA Cup kicks off this weekend, you might notice something strange about the kick off times…

The usual kick off times of 15:00 or 12:30 and 17:30 have been replaced by times that all feature an unusually placed odd minute.

15:01, 12:01 and 17:31 are the kick off times for this Saturday’s FA Cup games, and the campaign, which is being organised by the FA, in collaboration with Public Health England and Every Mind Matters is intended to give fans, footballers and everyone else a rare and valuable 60 seconds to consider their own mental wellbeing.

The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, is leading the campaign and it has certainly had the desired effect on the team here at Court Enforcement Specialists.

We are frequently encouraged to consider the mental wellbeing of the debtors and individuals we come into contact with, and this is something that we pride ourselves on doing to the fullest extent, but what about the mental wellbeing of our enforcement agents?

Who considers the effects of the job on them?

The nature of our work is often highly stressful and sometimes harrowing, meaning that the impact can be long lasting.

We’re often told not to take work home with us, but how can you not ‘take it home’ when it has made such a lasting impression.

Whether it’s the things our agents see first-hand, or the words and actions that are actually used against them, there are plenty of reasons why our agents may need time to look after themselves mentally.

We’re probably looking at more than 60 seconds, but it’s a start.

We often find ourselves wondering exactly how we can continue improving the image industry, in the face of widespread negativity towards our agents and the work that they carry out.

Stereotypes, misunderstandings and misconceptions all feed the beast that is public perception, and that beast can cause problems for the mental wellbeing of those working within the industry.

The FA Cup campaign is brilliant for allowing people the time to stop and think.

It has got us thinking...

And thinking leads to talking, which is the most important thing to do when it comes to mental health.

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