Mental Health

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Middlesex University

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By Jennifer Springham @jlspringham2 Joint Appointment: Lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development Lead, My Care Academy. Recently it was University Mental Health Day, a national awareness day for student mental health jointly developed by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisers Network. Students, staff and student unions in higher education institutions were encouraged… Read More

Eating disorders: how and why all nurses should care

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By Helen Hewitt @helen_mhns Helen is a third-year mental health nursing student at Middlesex University, currently in the process of completing her extended essay which focuses on the challenge of maintaining therapeutic relationships while delivering care within eating disorder settings. It is concerning to see someone that we care for showing signs of an eating disorder.… Read More

A fresh look at your New Year’s resolutions

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By Helen Kehoe  @Helsbels88 Joint Appointment lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development lead, My Care Academy As a mental health nurse and lecturer I often have interesting conversations and debates with both students and colleagues about how we can support service users and ourselves to make and maintain healthy life choices. I then began to… Read More

Make one change?

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. The new year had hardly begun, and we were bombarded with “What is your new year’s resolution?” We can decide to make changes to our lives that will have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing at any point… Read More

Deafness and mental health

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By Nina Thomas @ninathomasart Nina is a founding member of The Film Bunch – their mission is to improve access for deaf and hard of hearing people to mainstream short films, and a trustee at StageText, an organisation that aims to make theatre and culture accessible to D/deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. A performance of… Read More

A different perspective: The assessment of the risk of suicide

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Supporting staff to feel confident and competent when working with service users who are suicidal is essential. The Trust’s ‘Keeping the Patient Safe’ learning sessions provide staff with the time and space to refresh their knowledge and skills as well… Read More

Mindfulness and self-care

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By Jennifer Springham, @jlspringham2 Joint Appointment: Lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development Lead, My Care Academy.  Last week was self-care week, and although we should be looking after ourselves all of the time, it was a helpful reminder for me to check in with myself and evaluate my own strategies for keeping well. Particularly now… Read More

The stigma of mental illness among mental health professionals

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By Jennifer Springham, @jlspringham2 Joint Appointment: Lecturer in Mental Health and Practice Development Lead, My Care Academy.  I was really inspired reading Mandy Steven’s blog addressing the stigma of mental illness for those working in mental health services. We all have our own narratives and life experiences, and being a mental health professional doesn’t make us exempt… Read More

Risk assessment: Not a tick box exercise 

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By Suzanne Traynor @Traynors Associate Professor Mental Health (Practice) at Middlesex University & My Care Academy. Supporting mental health staff to develop their skills and confidence in the assessment of risk is a core requirement for all Trusts. My Care Academy (MyCA) in partnership with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust have developed a bespoke training… Read More

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