During Mental Health Week the Pharmacists’ Support Service is encouraging all pharmacists to take some time to review their own mental health and wellbeing
Mental health is not just the absence of mental illness, PSS reminds pharmacists. It is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
President of PSS, John Coppock, says ,“As pharmacists we are not always good at taking our own advice and we often omit to attend to our own health and well-being.
“In the current pharmacy environment we must all take steps to maintain our mental health by managing stress through a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise; a healthy diet; adequate sleep and ensuring sufficient time for relaxation and pleasurable activities with our friends and loved ones.”
The Pharmacists’ Support Service is a service which focuses on the mental health and well-being of Australian pharmacists, interns and pharmacy students.
PSS is just a phone call away and can help pharmacists who are stressed, concerned about their mental health or need a listening ear. The PSS telephone is answered by volunteers who are experienced pharmacists or retired pharmacists who have undertaken training in crisis support counselling.
Anonymous and discreet support is available by phoning 1300 244 910 between 8.00 am and 11.00 pm (EST) every day of the year.
PSS is a service established by pharmacists for pharmacists and a tax-deductible donation is an investment in the mental health of the pharmacy profession. Donations to PSS can easily be made using a credit card via the “Donate Now” button on the PSS website or facebook page.