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 …

Toward a new understanding of mental illness…

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Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing – for us …

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 …

Dealing with anxiety & mental health during a pandemic…

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Coronavirus can stir up all sorts of feelings, like fear, anxiety, or stress. A little stress can be helpful; it can be the motivator that keeps us self-isolating or washing our hands. But constant or high levels of stress can negatively affect our mental and physical health. Taking care of the mind is always important but doing so in the …

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 …

People Say Why Kindness Matters…

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A short video from the Mental Health Foundation with people sharing their thoughts on why kindness is important to them and the positive impact it has on other people as well as themselves.

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

Kindness…

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Here’s a short video from the Mental Health Foundation promoting this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week with kindness as the central theme. It’s well documented that being kind to others has a positive effect on our own wellbeing. What will be your act of kindness this week? https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=Qcyc68d6OAk&feature=emb_logo

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 …