Mental Wellness and Leadership Resources – Apps, Articles and Aids recommended by WEMski faculty member Dr Kate Baecher

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Mental Wellness and Leadership Resources.  Following an unbelievable week both on and off the slopes in Livigno, WEMski 2019 came to a close with a spectacular Mountain Top Party.

Although we might have left the snow, sun and skiing behind, the lessons learnt during the week will last for a long time. Clinical Psychologist Dr Kate Baecher has compiled a list of resources for our delegates, but we thought that these tools could be super helpful for someone in need, so we’ve turned her suggestions into a short blog post about Mental Wellness and Leadership Resources so they are available publicly for anyone who might need them…

Websites: 

PTSDUK – PTSD UK exists to share information and raise awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – to help everyone experiencing PTSD.

Phoenix Australia – Phoenix Australia is Australia’s primary research and training centre on all things trauma. You’ll find heaps of information including guidelines for treatment, support for families, friends and carers, and specific information for military and emergency services. And if you like a good lit review, you’ll find some great ones here.

Centre for Clinical Interventions – This website has some great resources on all sorts of mental health concerns, from procrastination to perfectionism. It also features lots of digestible information which includes modularised self-help workbooks.

Black Dog Institute – Another fantastic organisation offering a variety of resources on symptoms and tests.

Mind – Mind created the ‘Blue Light Programme’ to help specifically support those serving in the Emergency Services. They’ve created a fantastic guide to help you through your working day and beyond.

Mental Wellness and Leadership Resources Apps: 

High Res – perfect for military personnel and families. This app can assist in managing the daily stresses of military life, deployment, the transition to civilian life and post-service. It tests your physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions to stress and helps to adjust your response in real time by using the stress management tools in the app. This is done via psychological resilience and mental fitness exercises; and a resilience self-assessment.

PTSD Coach Australia – learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. The app features valuable information on PTSD and treatments, tools for screening and tracking your symptoms, as well as a schedule-tool that allows you to manage all your self-care, health appointments and activities.

Things to listen to: 

The RAW Medicine Podcast – Episode 7: Stress and Moral Injury with Brenton Queen.

TEDxHouston – The Power of Vulnerability, Brené Brown.

Social Media Groups:

Tea and Empathy – a closed Facebook group for mental health and support.

All Corps Signs – a military FB support group for mental health.

Mental Wellness and Leadership Resources Tools:

BMA – Wellbeing Support Services ‘Burnout’ Questionnaire. A confidential questionnaire that enables you to screen yourself for symptoms of burnout.

Mayo Clinic – Job Burnout: How to spot it and take action. A great guide covering symptoms, risk factors and consequences of burnout.

British Medical Journal – Optimising sleep for night shifts. A quick visual guide on how to prepare your sleep schedule for a night shift, as well as how to reset yourself after it’s finished.

Training:

ASIST 11 – Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. A two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. Participants will learn how to recognise when someone is having suicidal thoughts and help them to create a plan to support their safety.

Mental Health First Aid England – MHFA is a training course which teaches people how to identify and help someone who may be experiencing mental health issues.

Articles: 

New measures to deal with GP Fatigue announced today‘, by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Wellbeing Help‘, by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Doctor/Medic specific resources:

Royal Medical Benevolent Fund – The RMBF provides support to doctors and their families at all stages of their career and into retirement – from financial support to befriending schemes for those feeling isolated or in need of some help.

NHS Practitioner Health Programme – The NHS PHP is a free and confidential service for doctors and dentists facing mental health and addiction issues. They offer a wide range of services including new technologies and online resources.

Medical Students’ Mental Health – The medical school at Dundee University created a website to share information about mental health – it’s a great read for anyone in the early stages of their career.

General Medical Council – Supporting medical students with mental health conditions. The GMC has created a document tailored towards medical schools so that they can, in turn, support students with mental health conditions.

Military personnel specific resources:

All Call Signs – All Can Signs is a communication app, run by volunteers, that allows serving personnel and veterans to speak with someone via their online ‘chat’ service. Their vision is to utilise technology and the power of the community to improve the mental health of the military community.

Veterans UK – A government-run initiative that administers the armed forces pension schemes and compensation payments for those injured or bereaved through service. The also provide welfare support for veterans of any age.

Veterans with Dogs – this group is the first of its’ kind in the UK; helping Veterans with PTSD and other mental health conditions cope better with their symptoms and lead increasingly more independent lives using the help of a four-legged friend.

Combat Stress – turning 100 this year, Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for Veterans’ Mental Health. They offer a free helpline, treatment programmes and centres and a peer support group.

Surf Action – these guys make use of the coast to support military personnel and their families, especially those affected by PTSD, with physical injuries or struggling to re-adjust to civilian life. They run ‘Surf Clinics’, Residentials and a Buddy System, as well as a whole host of other projects.

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There is also a self-care flow chart and a pocket-sized handbook of the ACCE model which includes self-care work and a collection of other mental health information. If you are interested in getting a copy, then email the office (operations@extreme-medicine.com) to request yours.

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What is WEMski? 

WEMski is a week of learning focused on mental health awareness on both a personal and team level within the medical community. The timetable features a whole host of inspirational faculty and content created with extreme environment specialist Dr Kate Baecher, looking at the clinical psychology of leadership and teamwork in a variety of stressful working environments.

Join us and experience WEMski for yourself. Be part of something amazing and take your extreme medicine career to the next level.

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WEMski – be part of something out of the ordinary! 

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