Mind Your Health – Mini Mental Health M.O.T

mental health dayTo mark the 25th anniversary of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017, we would like to offer University of Portsmouth staff the opportunity of a Mini Mental Health M.O.T. with one of our Occupational Health Nurses.

Have you been feeling low in mood or panicky about things in the last few weeks or months? Are you struggling to keep going through the day without feeling tearful or worrying about things that may happen in the future? You may be finding it hard to carry on at work or even just get motivated to get up in the morning. Mental health problems affect one in four people and symptoms can come on so gradually that you may not have noticed the signs.  If you recognise some of the following symptoms, it may help to talk to someone about your feelings: changes in your appetite; thinking negative thoughts; finding it hard to concentrate; irritability or mood swings; not enjoying life as much as usual; trouble sleeping; perceiving things differently to others.

To make a confidential 30-minute appointment with an Occupational Health Nurse, please ring extension 023 9284 3187.  After seeing you, the nurse will be able to advise whether it would be helpful to access some further form of therapy or see your GP if medication may be indicated or need to be reviewed.  They will also be able to discuss with you the poor lifestyle choices that can influence your mental health and introduce more positive lifestyle choices – food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug and exercise is the most potent yet.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by your symptoms and need more urgent support please contact the University Employee Assistance Programme on 0800 1116 387 (free from a UK landline) to talk to a trained counsellor.

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