- When we talk about safeguarding, we refer to protecting the rights that we all have – the right to a life free from abuse, harm and neglect.
- Safeguarding measures seek to prevent abuse and protect a person’s health, wellbeing and human rights.
- We all have a responsibility to respond to and report any instances or suspicions of abuse whether that threat comes from another person or from potential self harming behaviours.
While it’s easy to assume that someone else will step in when someone we know is struggling, we all have a responsibility for safeguarding! All of us have the responsibility to step in and to step up when someone we support, know, love or work with is showing signs that they are struggling.
We also know that recognising the signs and symptoms that an individual is showing when they may be struggling with their mental health can be difficult. We know that it can feel uncomfortable to raise the issue for fear of upsetting that person, of saying the “wrong thing” or of making things worse. The truth is, asking if someone is ok, asking if they need help, offering to be a listening ear is the kindest thing we can all do for one another. If our intentions are good and we’re sincere in our willingness to listen it’s very difficult to say the wrong thing and anyone struggling with their mental health will appreciate that we tried.
So this Safeguarding week, we’re asking a very simple thing – for you to take a little bit of time to reach out to those who may be struggling or, if you’re struggling yourself to do one thing that could make a massive difference – ask for help! We have some tips around what to look out for in yourself and in others, some advice around how to support yourself and others and some useful links for information around self care.