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Posted: October 11, 2016

Photos of World Mental Health Day event

Bunches of purple balloons were sent floating over Swindon skies as staff marked World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October.

The event was organised to highlight awareness of the importance of recognising mental health needs.

Wendy Johnson, Interim Divisional Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Experience, said: "We work closely with Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust and so when we recognise patients with mental health needs we can ensure they receive the support they need."

But it was also a chance to make the point that it's also important for staff to look after themselves.

Louise Jurkiewicz, one of the Trust's two Mental Health Practitioners for staff, said "Making time to care for yourself must be a priority, not only to your own health and wellbeing, but also to being able to provide great patient care.

"The most important message is: don't be afraid to talk and ask for help.

"If you notice someone acting differently, ask how they are.

"The health and wellbeing of our staff is so important and we do all we can to support a work-life balance.

"Our staff have access to free counselling, stress management and a whole range of therapies to support their mental wellbeing."

Photos from yesterday's event

World Mental Health Day 2016 a 500

World Mental Health Day 2016 b 500

World Mental Health Day 2016 c 500

World Mental Health Day 2016 d 500

Further information

Please see also GWH celebrates World Mental Health Day.


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