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We all need to look after our mental health, especially when pressure at work can make it worse.

The people we often turn to for help are no different. We know that 90% of primary care staff experience workplace stress and 40% of the GPs we recently surveyed said they were experiencing a mental health problem.

When primary care staff feel well and supported, they can provide the best possible care for their patients. 

Supporting the people we rely on

Working in healthcare doesn’t make it any easier to find the words to talk about your mental health at work. In fact, it can make it harder. It needs to be ok for health care staff to talk about their mental health. Like anyone else, they need and deserve support.

We asked a group of people working in GP surgeries to talk about their own experience of mental health problems.

Simon's story

Dr. Simon is a GP in a busy inner-city GP practice. After appearing in our film, he blogged for us about what steps he and his employer have taken to help manage his mental health at work.

Read Simon's blog

Looking after your mental health at work

Taking steps to look after your wellbeing can help you deal with pressure, and reduce the impact that stress has on your life.

Even though there are likely to be things happening at work or in your life that you can't control, we have some suggestions for practical steps you can take that might help.

Managing stress

If you often experience feelings of stress, you might be at risk of developing a mental health problem, and stress can also make existing problems worse.

Read our information on managing stress at work

Wellbeing

Mental wellbeing describes how well you cope with day-to-day life. You can take steps to improve your wellbeing, whether you have a mental health problem or not.

Read our information on improving your wellbeing

Tips for relaxation

Exploring relaxation can help you look after yourself when you’re feeling stressed or worried. There are lots of ways you can fit relaxation exercises into your daily life.

Read our relaxation tips

Other sources of support

There are a number of resources that GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals can access for their mental health and wellbeing.

The NHS GP Health Service can provide counselling, CBT and over therapies to GPs and GP trainees in England and the Health for Health Professionals Wales provides face-to-face counselling for all doctors in Wales.

The British Medical Association also provides a counselling and confidential peer support for all members.

Join our campaign

We want everyone with a mental health problem who visits their GP practice to get the support that best suits their needs. We also want the people working in GP practices to feel well and supported.

We're campaigning to make sure that the mental health of both patients and staff are better supported.

If you work in a primary care service and you'd like to find out how you can get involved in our campaign, email the team: [email protected]

 

Find out more about our campaign

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