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Mini Mental Health MOT

It’s Mental Health Awareness week 13 – 19 May and the topic of this year’s campaign is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. Mark Rowland, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation discusses in his blog why body image matters and why the Mental Health Foundation has chosen it as its focus for this year’s campaign.

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, the Occupational Health service would like to offer staff the opportunity of a Mini Mental Health MOT 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 these symptoms and are concerned, 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 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 such as overeating and the positive lifestyle choices that we could all make more of.

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