How are you helping your mental health?

World Mental Health Day (WMHD), held on October 10th, will once again combat the stigma surrounding mental health, this year raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

As First Practice Management (FPM) Group is disability confident we believe this as an important cause to support, which is why we’re looking at little things you can do to help improve your mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation is working toward a world with good mental health, and ending the inequalities that face people who experience mental health problems, living with learning disabilities or reduced mental capacity.

Tea & Talk has been used by the Mental Health Foundation over the past years as an easy way for people to get involved with WMHD. It is a great way of getting together with friends, family and colleagues to have a cuppa and it can be a positive avenue to discuss mental health, perhaps for the first time.

We wondered if this is something you do regularly anyway. Do you and your staff take time out of your day to have a cup of tea or coffee and relax?

An ex Practice Manager told us about ‘comfort coffee’ that used to be held every morning at 11am in a practice she managed, which is something we are going to adopt at FPM too.

This idea was started by one of the GPs there, Dr Sally Blackburn, who said it was good to have a milky coffee - not just for your bones, but also for your mental health. She believed it would be of benefit to take 10-15 minutes to just sit and switch off after a busy morning at work.

What do you and your staff do already to take a break from work? Here at FPM we would love to see and hear about what you do to help your mental health, and if you’re doing anything special to raise money or awareness for WMHD.

If you’re holding an event, whether you keep it within your staff area of the practice or get your patients involved, it could be used as an example of showing your practice is ‘caring’ as part of The Five Key Questions for CQC.

We will be tweeting photos of our ‘comfort coffee’ on the 9th and would love to see what you have done at your practice to help support this cause, or if you and your practice staff taking a break. You can tweet your pictures to @firstpractice.

For more advice on what you can do to help staff with mental ill health, check out our advice in ‘Mental ill health... it’s not just patients who need support’.


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