Mental Health Awareness Week

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors
Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy.

Working in mental health services can be stressful and at times just getting through the day is the best we can manage. However the reality is that unless we take care of ourselves, we will not be able to manage our work with patients.

Therefore, taking care of our mental health and wellbeing is essential and using #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek to reflect on our own mental health needs as well as reviewing how we provide support to others can be a good starting point.

We know that one in four of us will experience mental illness and this awareness week can give us the opportunity to start up conversations about mental health with our colleagues, friends and family as well as thinking about our own wellbeing. Having the space to talk and be listened to can be a huge support and being able to share your feelings with others can be the first step to getting the support needed.  Despite all the recent positive media support for mental illness it is still a challenge for mental health staff to come forward and admit they are experiencing mental health difficulties. However, having these conversations could be the first step to getting the support needed.

Elefriends is a supportive online community, managed  by Mind and offers great support to people struggling with mental health difficulties providing a safe place to “listen, share and be heard”.

This week the Mental Health Foundation will be running a campaign to focus on body image and how we feel about our bodies. More that 30% of all adults have felt stressed by their body image and appearance to the point where they felt unable to cope. Follow the conversation on Twitter  using the hashtags  #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek  #BeBodyKind



To support #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek  @mycareacademy will be tweeting throughout the week sharing resources and tips to support mental health awareness. Follow and share with your colleagues and friends.



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