Do my life experiences affect my mental health?

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It is important to look at the wide range of social, economic, family and emotional factors that interact with our genes and our biology. These factors can make us more or less likely to develop a mental health problem. This is the case for common mental health problems like depression, anxiety as well as severe and chronic mental health problems …

Learning Disabilities Week 15th June 2020…

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Learning Disability Week 2020 will take place online from 15th to 21st June. The theme is the importance of friendships during lockdown. You can get involved by visiting Mencap’s website on: https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2020#involved

Our MHA Week Initiatives…

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Our clinical team and patients involved themselves in a variety of initiatives throughout May 2020’s Mental Health Awareness Week. One of the stand-out projects was the creation of a large painted mural that we positioned outside the hospital. Thanks in particular go to our Occupational Therapy Team and our Psychology Team who worked closely across all our wards, engaging with …

New Members of our Social Work Team…

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We’re delighted to have Ian Velev and Mike Hobson join the hospital team. Ian qualified as a social worker in 2012 and has worked in a variety of roles progressing from the front-line practice to management level at residential and supported living accommodations designed for people with established mental health diagnoses.   Mike has been a qualified social worker since 1992 …

Kindness research briefing

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When you think of “being kind” what comes to mind first? Maybe you think about a friend or family member who you know you can rely on for comfort and support, maybe you think of a neighbour who always makes an effort to be friendly when you cross paths, or maybe you think of those who volunteer to help in their communities. Here’s a research briefing from the Mental Health Foundation as it supports …

Kindness Matters Guide…

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Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health. Kindness could be built into business decisions, government policy, and official systems in a way that supports everyone’s mental health and also reduces discrimination and inequality. But that can start by individual commitments to showing kindness in our words and our actions.  The Mental Health Foundation has written this guide to show the positive impact helping others can have on your …

Get involved this Mental Health Awareness Week!

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Some great ideas here from the Mental Health Foundation on how to get involved this week. This link takes you to their site where you can download a free Supporter Pack along with guidance on how to host a virtual fund raising event. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/get-involved

Mental Health Awareness Week May 2020…

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Today marks the start of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness. Given the extraordinary times we’re living through with Covid-19, expressing our concern, care and love for others through acts of kindness can make a big, positive impact in someone’s day and in how they’re feeling. Throughout our hospital we have various events planned each …

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th May 2020…

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We’re getting ourselves prepared for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. From Monday 18th through to Friday 22nd May we have a number of activities planned throughout our hospital that will engage our patients and colleagues. This year’s theme is kindness. This year, due to the pandemic, we’ll be keeping safety front of mind;  all activities will be held within …

Avril McAlees – our new Forensic Psychologist…

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We’re delighted to announce that Avril McAlees has joined Shrewsbury Court Independent Hospital as a Forensic Psychologist. Avril brings over 20 years of experience as an HCPC registered Forensic Psychologist working in both inpatient and outpatient services, in general psychiatry, with those diagnosed with anxiety, depression, psychosis, and personality disorder.  Avril has worked with people across the age range, from adolescents to …