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Pharmacists encouraged to ‘take action’ on the profession’s mental health


By Carolyn Scott

22 May 2020

With pressures on pharmacy teams reaching a peak during the coronavirus pandemic, the charity Pharmacist Support is encouraging everyone working in the profession to check in on their own wellbeing and that of colleagues, to have more conversations around mental health, and to ‘take action’ when needed.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, Pharmacist Support has launched ACTNow, a campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of wellbeing.

ACTNow, which will run until the end of August, encourages people to: Allow time for wellbeing; Consider the needs of your colleagues, and Take action.

Posters, tips, learning modules and videos are available at WellbeingHub.PharmacistSupport.org, and more content will be added.

Pharmacist Support Chief Executive, Danielle Hunt, said: ‘We know that those in the pharmacy profession are always there for others. Here at Pharmacist Support we want to be there for them.

‘Now more than ever, we feel we all need to work together to support the profession through this challenging time. We’re delighted therefore that so many organisations have already partnered with us to share our ACTNow message and resources.’

Sponsors for the campaign are Alphega Pharmacy, the Pharmacists’ Defence Association and Well.

Services from Pharmacist Support are available free of charge and include an information and enquiry service; financial assistance; debt, benefits and employment advice; a stress helpline (Listening Friends); home visiting; addiction support (Addiction Support Programme), and the Wardley wellbeing service.

To ACTNow, visit WellbeingHub.PharmacistSupport.org.

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