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Mental Health

Mental health is an area that the Trust takes incredibly seriously and aim to provide services to support colleagues as widely as possible. A number of schemes have been in place for some time but we are also looking at introducing new initiatives in the coming weeks. For a list of all those that are currently available, please see below:

Mental Health Resources

Mind- How to manage Stress

Mind- Mindfulness

Mind- Relaxation

Mind- Understanding Depression

Mind- Work and Mental Health

Stress Awareness

Please click here to access the Trust's Coping with Stress booklet.

Schwartz Rounds

These events allow staff the opportunity to participate in discussions to explore an agreed topic and how this may impact on their situation at work. Each round creates a safe space to reflect, share and analyse different areas of work and how these affect your psychologicial wellbeing. The aim of the meeting is not to problem solve or produce action plans, it is simply a time for discussion and sharing. 

Peer to Peer (P2P)

Introduced in 2016, P2P is a listening service for staff, enabling staff to share and get support from colleagues in a confidential environment, whether it’s work related or something else. There are a number of ‘listeners’ around the Trust who can be identified by their green P2P badge (pictured below) who have been trained in listening skills but are not acting as counsellors. Please feel free to stop them in the corridor for a chat any time, or to arrange a time and time that would be convenient in the near future. Alternatively you can email[email protected] or ring ext 86061 and speak to Sarah Crane to arrange to see someone.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a skill that can be learnt and you can choose how and when to apply it. Practicing mindfulness helps us to enrich our lives, and also provides us with the tools of effectively dealing with modern problems.

By practising mindfulness we strengthen the pre-frontal cortex of our brain that plays a vital role in what we call “executive functioning, “which allows us to do things on purpose, plan for the future, make decisions, and handle strong feelings more efficiently. As we practice mindfulness we strengthen areas of our brain that help us improve:

  • Recovery from stress
  • Emotional balance and maturity, being aware of our feelings but not basing all of our decision and behaviours solely on them
  • Improved communication and relationship skills
  • Response flexibility as we develop more flexibility in how we choose to respond to a situation rather than being dominated by unconscious reactions
  • Insight as we become more aware of our own thoughts, feelings and behaviours, as well as their consequences
  • Fear modulation
  • Intuition
  • Morality as we live more in tune with our ethics and values

Staff are able to attend a free 8 week Mindfulness course on site at the hospital on the below dates.

Course 3: starting 4th April for 8 weeks from 5:30-7pm in the Education Centre

Course 4: starting 6th June for 8 weeks from 5:30-7pm in the Education Centre

Course 5: starting 3rd October for 8 weeks from 5:30-7pm in the Education Centre

Further information

Be Mindful https://bemindful.co.uk/

Mindfulness MK http://www.mindfulnessmk.com

 

Take 5

This scheme allows you the opportunity to take a five minute break in a quiet space to collect your thoughts. This will be in the chapel and is available at any time for any member of staff to take a breather without interruption. Where possible, please ensure you notify your line manager if you are temporarily leaving the department.