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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is dedicating October as its Mental Health Awareness Month. We will be raising awareness of issues such as Bi-polar, self-harm, schizophrenia and depression. But did you know we are also a Mindful Employer and have signed up to the Mindful Employer Charter? Members of staff can expect that the Trust: 

  • Show a positive and enabling attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues. This will include positive statements in local recruitment literature.

  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection are briefed on mental health issues and The Equality Act 2010, and given appropriate interview skills.

  • Make it clear in any recruitment or occupational health check that people who have experienced mental health issues will not be discriminated against and that disclosure of a mental health problem will enable both employee and employer to assess and provide the right level of support or adjustment.

  • Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health problem will be more vulnerable to workplace stress or take more time off than any other employee or job applicant.

  • Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health issues.

  • Ensure all line managers have information and training about managing mental health in the workplace

 

Mental Health Month in the News:

Helping people on the road to recovery

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Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is helping more people to recover and live well with mental health. 

The Trust is the county’s main provider of local NHS mental health services – as well as providing community nursing and therapy services and running the county’s five community hospitals - and is coming to the end of a month-long awareness raising campaign focussing on mental health issues.

As well as helping people cope with the daily challenges of a range of illnesses, the Trust is committed to supporting people to get better, to recover, regain control and independence and to generally live well with mental health.

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NHS Trust commits to valuing equally mental and physical health

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As part of its Mental Health Month that has been running throughout October, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the county’s main provider of community and mental health services, held an event to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring mental and physical health issues are treated equally. On Friday, October 24th, just under a hundred of people, both healthcare professionals and members of the public, attended the Trust’s event, held at the Charles Hastings Education Centre on the site of the Worcestershire Royal Hospital.  

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Mums and mums-to-be given vital mental health support in Worcestershire

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Mums in Worcestershire are being offered a range of support to help combat episodes of depression, anxiety and low mood which can be prevalent during pregnancy and in the months after giving birth. 

A report released this week by the London School of Economics and the Centre for Mental Health suggested society was paying a “huge cost” for the failure to provide adequate mental health support to pregnant women and new mums. 

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County out-performing national average ensuring people detained under mental health act access ‘place of safety’.

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More people detained under the mental health act are being cared for in a specialist place of safety rather than a police cell in Worcestershire, bucking the national trend.

This week the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which regulates health services across the UK, has called for urgent action to improve access to and the operation of health-based places of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Shedding Light On Depression

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Almost 50,000 people in Worcestershire will experience mild to moderate anxiety or depression at any one time, which equates to 11.2% of the population. Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, and poor concentration. Depression often comes with symptoms of anxiety  

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Peer Support Film launched

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To celebrate World Mental Health day The Institute of Mental Health’s Peer Support Training Team is delighted to launch their long awaited tandem-inspired film, highlighting the concept of a shared journey. The film has been developed with fellow peers and colleagues from across the Country to promote the work that the training team is leading, in order to establish a national peer support network. Peer Support Workers bring their own experiences of recovery from mental distress within services to support and encourage other people on their recovery journeys.

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New Self-Help Online Library Launched to Support Well-Being

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Residents can now access a new self-help library which provides advice and guidance to help people manage their own well-being following the launch of an online resource this week. 

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the county’s main provider of NHS mental health services, has just published a series of self-help guides, which provide useful information for people living with a range of issues. They include people dealing with bereavement, anxiety, depression (including post-natal), low mood, or people struggling with alcohol or drug dependency. Click Here For More Information

Living with Schizophrenia: “It’s like a storm, you just wait it out until it passes.”

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Peter can spend hour upon hour locked away buried under a duvet, permanently attached to his lifeline – his earphones. 

Everyday Peter contends with the debilitating effects of schizophrenia. He believes strangers who walk past him in the street have it in for him, that he receives coded messages through the TV or newspapers, and he has to meticulously plan his day so his chores are completed by lunchtime, before the illness find its voice again.

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Living with Bipolar Disorder: “I'm Normal, My Horns Don't Pop Out at Midnight!”

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Jane is 54 years old, married, with one son. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder around 4 years ago and confesses she didn't know whether to laugh or cry when she found out.

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Worcester Helps to Lead the Way in Supporting Vulnerable Students

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Along with the University of Worcester we are helping to lead the way in a campaign to support students with mental health difficulties. The University, which was one of the first to establish specialist mental health counselling, is working with a number of partners on the Suicide Safer initiative, led by one of the foremost practitioners in early intervention, Professor Jo Smith, who works for both the University and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust. Click Here For More Information.

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