Prioritising student mental health
Thursday 9th March marks University Mental Health Day – a day focused on bringing together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority. On this day Pharmacist Support will be running its annual ACTNow wellbeing campaign and working alongside pharmacy schools across Great Britain to help highlight the importance of wellbeing. Across the day, we’ll be sharing a host of resources that encourage individuals to:
- Allow time for wellbeing
- Consider the needs of others
- Take action
Through the campaign the charity wants to increase awareness of issues impacting wellbeing across the sector. In our 2019 market research 53% of student and trainee respondents told us they wanted help managing their work/life balance and 43% with managing wellbeing. Our recent joint workforce wellbeing survey with the RPS, revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of student and trainee respondents rated their mental health and wellbeing as poor or very poor.
We want to remove the stigma surrounding mental health and wellbeing in pharmacy and to encourage and inspire mental health and wellbeing conversations. Our aim is to work collaboratively with pharmacy schools (supporting those at the start of their career) and organisations across the sector to enable this cultural shift to happen, to improve the wellbeing of our pharmacy family and deliver on the aspirations we set out in our 2020-2025 strategy for an empowered and resilient workforce.
ACTNow & sign up today!
We’re encouraging pharmacy schools and students to ACTNow and to reach out and join us on this journey – to equip themselves with information and tools to better support one another, and to improve the systems, processes and environment for those studying and working in a healthcare setting.
- STUDENTS – Want to receive a Student ACTNow wellbeing toolkit? Click on the button below:
- UNIVERSITIES wishing to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your Uni ACTNow toolkit
You can access lots of different resources to help you with anything you might be struggling with. It makes you feel like you're not alone.2022 Student ACTNow campaign participant