This year has been an interesting year for weather, from terrible floods to wonderful heat waves. Do we have to accept that from now on weather systems are going to become more unstable? If we do, how on earth will all this weather affect mental health?
The 2013 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has caused renewed concern among both clinicians and health policy makers. Climate change is continuing at an increasing rate. This guest editorial describes how climate change might affect global mental health and proposes three things that psychiatrists from every country could implement to respond appropriately to this urgent and severe global threat. These responses are mitigation and adaptation strategies for mental health services, and the integration of sustainability into training.
Could our current mental health care system be too ‘deficit’ focused? I believe there is much to be gained by broadening the management options that mental health services offer to include asset-focused social prescribing.
This is an interactive poster about a transdisciplinary and sustainability project in which I am involved - the Aquaponics Garden at the Basin View Masonic Village. This project addresses a global 'wicked' problem, lack of social cohesion/disconnectedness, from a loc
NHS Change Day is coming soon on the 3rd March. There are many opportunities to make a pledge for sustainability or get your team to sign up to something sustainable. Have a look at the website gto get some ideas...
One principle of sustainable health care is patient empowerment. Empowering patients to manage their own mental health is a key factor in reducing burden on services and therefore reduced use of precious resources, but how do we acheive this?
This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.
The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.
This poster from the COT Annual Conference 2014 explores two Recovery Support Centres in Sussex, Bluebell House in Burgess Hill and the Lighthouse in Hove. It briefly mentions 'triple bottom line' benefits of their recovery approach.
Ben Whittaker, Jennie Hallett, Adele Huxley and Renee Harvey
Has anyone ever organised a litter picking event with patients? Our unit is next to a stream and community park which is often very littered. I have some interest from a few patients to try to maintain these areas for the local community. I'm guessing I could approach the local council but I'm not sure where I would stand with insurance etc. If anyone has any advice I would be really grateful. Thank you.