Pharmacists in community settings should be enabled to holistically support people with mental health problems when starting out on their medicines, according to a new report published by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).
Image: Self Portrait 15, painted 27th June 1991 from The Self Portrait Series by Bryan Charnley. © James Charnley and SANE (www.BryanCharnley.info). Described by the artist as: "An extremely complicated picture as I feel I am closing in on the essential image of my schizophrenia."
For pharmacists to make a difference in mental health care, there must be a push to provide appropriate training and resources.
Showing kindness and compassion is central to the delivery of patient-centred care and can help make better use of the short time pharmacists have in consultations.
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Steve Hemsley speaks to Asta Prajapati, the first mental health pharmacist to be awarded £350,000 to develop a medication adherence tool for patients with bipolar disorder.
Queen’s University Belfast School of Pharmacy have formed a student-led mental health and well-being team to help safeguard the health of every student.
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As one of the most common paediatric psychiatric disorders, pharmacists and healthcare professionals need to be aware of the symptoms of depression and be able to assess children and young people who may be at risk.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) can be an added stressor to an already challenging job in pharmacy. Corrinne Burns caught up with pharmacists living with symptoms of the condition to find how they manage them.
Pharmacist Support — a charity working for pharmacists and their families, former pharmacists and pharmacy students to provide help and support — has announced that it will be able to offer personal coaching to more pharmacists after expanding its partnership with Boots.
The average life expectancy of people with severe mental illness is 15–20 years shorter than those without and, to change this, we need to do things differently.
Use of high-potency cannabis on a daily basis increases the risk of psychosis by four times, and in some cities the risk is more than nine times higher, according to a study published in The Lancet on 19 March 2019.
Over a quarter of young people who spend three or more hours per day on social media have symptoms of mental illness, according to a parliamentary report.
Patients with bipolar disorder are not being prescribed effective treatment and some patients are receiving drugs that could make their symptoms worse, a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry has suggested.
The regulator is looking at how its fitness-to-practise procedure impacts the mental health of pharmacists who are under scrutiny.
Pharmacists should be included in emergency departments and 7-day pharmacy services should be introduced in hospitals to help tackle winter pressures, NHS guidance has said.
Funding for mental health services will grow as a share of the overall NHS budget and the government will focus on preventative public health, Chancellor Philip Hammond has pledged in his Budget announcement.
The number of antidepressants prescribed in Scotland has risen by almost 3 million items per year over the past decade, new figures show.
Community pharmacists in Dudley, West Midlands, have become part of a network for vulnerable patients with mental health conditions who are at risk of self harm.