MENTAL WELLNESS

JUNE 2021

Mental Health Intro

LETS GET TALKING VIDEOS   

Myths about Therapy
Mindfulness for Mental Health

 

MENTAL HEALTH & CARERS ( dO AN INTRODUCTORY VIDEO ON STATISTICS/MH STIGMA)

One in 4 of us suffer with our mental health . In the care profession, this is estimated to be 1 in 2 according to research. Please see below some general information on the most common struggles experienced by carers and care workers.

MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA IN THE CARE SECTOR

Tackling Mental Health Stigma in the care profession is one of the top  issues for CNI. It is likely that due to the responsabilities  in our  carer role we feel we cannot ever not be at our best. However,  this is not realistic. It is  imperative to take care of ourselves before supporting others, especially in times of crisis.

 Talking about our mental health, acknowledging our experiences and accepting help when needed  is the way forward.

 


Easy Relaxation

The 5 Ways of Wellbeing: Mental Health Ireland

                      (do a vimeo video with 5 headings)                               

1.KEEP LEARNING- Learn something new, start a course

2. BE ACTIVE- Walk or Cycle, Exercise, join a Fitness Challe

3. NOTICE- Be Mindful and in the Present Moment

4. CONNECT- Join a club, become a volunteer, connect with friends & family

5. GIVE- Give back , thank others

 

   Anxiety, Stress, Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Post Traumatic Stress disorder

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One in 4 of us suffer with our mental health . In the care profession, this is estimated to be 1 in 2 according to various research studies. Please see below some general information on the most common struggles experienced by carers and care workers:

Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.

Common signs of anxiety:

. Excessive worrying. Feeling Agitated, Restlessness, Fatigue, Tense Muscle, Difficulty Concentrating, Trouble Sleeping, Panic Attacks

 

Stress

Stress can be short-term or long-term. Chronic stress can take a serious toll on the body over time and have long-lasting health effects.

  • Changes in mood, Difficulty sleeping, Digestive problems, Dizziness, Feeling anxious,Headaches
  • Low energy, Muscle tension, especially in the neck and shoulders
  • Physical aches and pains, Racing heartbeat

                                                                                       

Burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress.

 

Physical Signs of Burnout
  • Feeling tired and drained most of the time.
  • Lowered immunity, frequent illnesses.
  • Frequent headaches or muscle pain.
  • Change in appetite or sleep habits.

Emotional Signs of Burnout

  • Sense of failure and self-doubt.
  • Feeling helpless, trapped, and defeated.
  • Detachment, feeling alone in the world.
  • Loss of motivation.
  • Increasingly cynical and negative outlook.
  • Decreased satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.
Behavioural Signs & Symptoms of Burnout
  • Withdrawing from responsibilities.
  • Isolating yourself from others.
  • Procrastinating, taking longer to get things done.


Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue can take a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional toll on people who experience it. Common symptoms of compassion fatigue include:

  • Chronic physical and emotional exhaustion, Depersonalization,Feelings of inequity toward the therapeutic or caregiver relationship
  • Irritability,Feelings of self-contempt, Difficulty sleeping
  • Weight loss,Headaches, Poor job satisfaction

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after a very stressful or distressing event. It can also develop after a prolonged traumatic experience.

The types of events that can lead to PTSD include:

  • serious road accidents,violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
  • prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect, witnessing violent deaths
  • military combat,being held hostageterrorist attacks,
  • natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis
  • a diagnosis of a life-threatening condition, an unexpected severe injury or death of someone close
 
 

Mental Health Leaflets & Posters for your Workplace

Get in touch via info@carersnetworkireland.com if you would like some mental health leaflets & Posters for your organisation.

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