Mental health in the pharmacy profession


To mark Mental Health Week (10-18 Oct), the AJP and PSS hosted this exclusive webinar event to address the mental wellbeing of the pharmacy profession 

Topics including stress factors for pharmacists as health professionals and as small business owners were discussed frankly during this event, recorded on Tuesday 13 October 2020.

Kate Carnell AO is the inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, has served as ACT Chief Minister, formerly CEO of beyondblue, and has also been a pharmacist. 

Curtis Ruhnau is PDL NSW Director, the PDL representative on the Pharmacists’ Support Service, and a partner in Emerton Pharmacy. 

Kate and Curtis shared their personal journeys with mental health issues, as well as information and tips on how pharmacy professionals can manage their own mental health and wellbeing, and in turn look after the communities they serve. 

The round-table discussion was moderated by AJP editor Chris Brooker; panelists also responded to questions from webinar participants.

Many thanks to our excellent panelists and attendees. 

This video includes discussion about suicide; if you or someone you know needs help the following 24/7 support services are available: 

Lifeline 13 11 14  https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Suicide Call back Service 1300 659 467  https://www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au/

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums 

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978 https://mensline.org.au/phone-and-online-counselling/mensline-australia-online-counselling/ 

Organisations mentioned in the webinar offering mental health education and services:

R U OK? https://www.ruok.org.au/ – a conversation could change a life (also: ‘find help’ page https://www.ruok.org.au/findhelp and ‘how to ask’ page https://www.ruok.org.au/how-to-ask)

Mental Health First Aid  https://mhfa.com.au/ – pharmacy-specific training courses available

NOTE: FREE Mental Health First Aid training for pharmacists and pharmacy support staff in bushfire-affected areas, to support communities affected by the 2019-20 bushfires – https://my.psa.org.au/s/training-plan/a110o00000A62EM/mental-health-first-aid-bushfire-affected-australians 

Pharmacists’ Support Service 1300 244 910 https://www.supportforpharmacists.org.au/ – The service provides a listening ear over the telephone to pharmacists and pharmacy interns and students. They also receive calls from family, friends, colleagues and pharmacy staff who are concerned about a pharmacist. 

Click here for a full list of mental health resources including crisis services 

Webinar brought to you by the AJP and PSS.

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