As well as acknowledging world mental health day, this week is also baby loss awareness week.

Greg Western, head of HCL Mental Health, has shared his experiences dealing with anxiety and his own mental health struggle, following the loss of his son 2 years ago at 32 weeks.

“Sadly, nearly two years ago, our son was stillborn at 32 weeks, and of course this had an impact on my mental wellbeing and mental health. Through his very sad loss, I sought out trauma therapy, which also led to me learning and dealing with anxiety that I had suffered with for years.

The therapy was fantastic, I ‘m now equipped with some brilliant tools like practicing mindfulness and meditation to help me when life gets a little bit stressful or I just feel anxious.

The way we talk about mental health has come a long way over the last few years, however there is still a stigma around it. You certainly don’t hide the fact if you have the flu, it shouldn’t be any different with mental health.

I do believe the perception of mental health is going in the right direction, and I’m sure things will only improve over the coming years. Only a few weeks ago I was on a stag do, and it was very freeing to hear men openly talk about their mental health experience – what a difference to ten years ago!”

HCL Mental Health has never been busier!

HCL Mental Health launched just over a year ago and it’s been a really exciting journey! With more Mental Funding from the NHS, our team are now busier than ever. Our team is growing, are we are looking for experienced recruitment consultants to join our team!

If you are a Mental Health Professional looking for a change in your career, your first locum contract, give Greg or any of our HCL Mental Health team a call for a chat on 020 7861 8777.

For any support regarding the loss of a child, there are a number of registered charities who are there to help.

Sands – Stillbirth and Neonatal Charity –  0808 164 3332

The Lullaby Trust – 0808 802 6868


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