Enhancing Wellbeing: Mental Health Support for Pharmacy, Optometry, and Audiology Professionals

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Bridging the Wellbeing Gap: Mental Health Support for Allied Healthcare Professionals in Pha...

Chloe Wilson-Moore

By Chloe Wilson-Moore

Bridging the Wellbeing Gap: Mental Health Support for Allied Healthcare Professionals in Pharmacy, Optometry, and Audiology

Let's face it, working in the fast-paced world of allied healthcare can be tough. Whether you're a pharmacist dispensing life-saving medications, an optometrist ensuring clear vision, or an audiologist helping people hear the world around them, the pressure can be immense. Long hours, demanding patients, and the emotional investment in every interaction – it all adds up. But here's the thing: taking care of your own mental health isn't just good for you, it's essential for delivering the best possible care to your patients.

We all know that feeling of being stretched thin. Maybe it's the worry about medication errors for pharmacists, the frustration of managing difficult patients for optometrists, or the stress of potential misdiagnosis for audiologists. These constant pressures can take a toll on our mental wellbeing, leading to burnout, anxiety, and even depression.

So how do we recognise the signs of workplace burnouts? 

Often, it manifests in ways we might not expect. Trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite or energy levels – these could all be signals that something's off.

Here's the good news- there are steps you can take to combat those feelings and build resilience. 

Let's talk about self-care as a Medical Professional!

  1. Exercise is a great way to de-stress, whether it's a quick jog or a yoga session.
  2. Mindfulness practices like meditation can help calm the mind and improve focus.
  3. Eating healthy foods fuels your body and brain for optimal performance.
  4. Remember to set boundaries – taking breaks, saying no to extra demands when you're overloaded – is crucial.
  5. Talk to friends, family, and colleagues – surrounding yourself with positive people makes a huge difference.

But what if you need more than self-care as a medical professional? 

Many workplaces offer Employee Assistance Programs with confidential counselling services. Don't hesitate to take advantage of these resources if they're available. 

Here are some additional options to keep in mind:

1. Pharmacist Support:  https://pharmacistsupport.org/i-need-help-managing-my/mental-health-and-wellbeing/

A fantastic charity for Pharmacy professionals to seek support with a wide range of things, which include mental health, exams, finances and many more. 

2.  Optometrist Support: https://www.college-optometrists.org/wellbeing

Again a phenomenal charity but this time specifically for Optometry Professionals. Useful resources and blogs that support everything mental health and wellbeing. 

3. Audiologist Support: https://www.audiology-worldnews.com/ 

Specifically aimed at Audiologist professionals where they can seek assistance with any regulatory changes within the industry, mental health support and to join a community within the same profession. 

Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. By prioritising your mental health, you're investing in a long and fulfilling career helping others. Take that first step today, and bridge the gap towards greater well-being.