Understanding mental health requires a holistic approach; this approach recognises the giving and receiving of support, to be outward focused and to ensure inclusivity.
The Labour Force Survey showed that for 2016/2017, 0.5 million workers were suffering from work-related stress, anxiety and depression. While work-related stress is not technically a mental health condition, it can be debilitating and can lead to more specific mental health problems.
There is increasing awareness of the need to support people with mental health conditions in the workplace, but there is still a culture of fear and silence surrounding these conditions. Health and social care workers are at particular risk of mental health problems and burnout. The work can be emotionally demanding and professional ‘helpers’ often prioritise the needs of others over their own wellbeing and are reluctant to seek help.
The Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) and the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) are working together to raise awareness of mental health within the work environment and how it can be supported more effectively. This positive step of increasing the attention on mental health in general, and in the workplace in particular, is one that should work towards ultimately removing the stigma associated with the conditions. Our inaugural seminar in 2017 considered some of the challenges and solutions around mental health at work. This 2018 seminar focuses specifically on ‘caring for the carers’, more specifically how health and social care professionals can best be supported to ensure a healthy and satisfying career.
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Strand Palace Hotel
|13:45||Welcome, introduction & housekeeping
Dr. Roxane L. Gervais
|13:50||Mental ill health: A challenge for health professionals
Dr. Mike Isaac
|14:20||What works? Intervention studies with health and social care staff
Professor Gail Kinman
|14:50||Q and A|
|15:40||The first law of human dynamics: Why caring for the carers is essential
Dr. Caroline Elton
Key priorities and solutions - discussion with panel and audience
Mr. Nick Pahl, CEO SOM - Chair
Dr. Rebecca Torry, Retired Doctor, Bermondsey and Lansdowne Medical Mission
Panel: Speakers plus Jane Boulter, Occupational Health Nurse
A poster from the SOM on caring for carers will be available to participants.
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