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Self-care for mental health practitioners all year round

16/12/2020
In previous years, articles about self-care for mental health practitioners have been popular with our readers. Throughout 2020, we included a self-care tip from specialists and mental health organisations in each edition of MHPN Connect.
 

Practitioner self-care and peer support are popular practices and topics among our mental health clinician participants and enews readers. In 2020, we included a clinician-specific self-care tip with each monthly edition of MHPN Connect Enews to promote self-care as a year-round activity.

The self-care tips are by and for mental health practitioners or respected organisations who champion self-care for practitioners. We have collated the 11 self-care tips for our readers in this article for ease of access.

FEBRUARY

"Find a like-minded professional or group of professionals to do the journey with. People who can energise, support, celebrate and be there with you in the hard times".

— Robyn McKinnon, MHPN Network Coordinator, Launceston Perinatal and Mental Health Network, Tasmania

MARCH

"Self-care does not have to mean being selfish or doing less, in fact, caring for self means you have the ability to do more!

Taking a moment to stop for a cuppa or a quiet sit can literally change the pace of your day. "

— Caroline Raphael, MHPN Network Coordinator, Lismore Mental Health Network, NSW

APRIL

"One essential self-care practice for practitioners during this time could include connecting with each other regularly through online platforms. Perhaps starting a Facebook group or WhatsApp group, where practitioners are able to share ideas, resources, and create opportunities to debrief the difficult times or celebrate the wins."

— Sean Tonnet, MHPN Network Coordinator, Byron Bay Family & Relationships Network, NSW

MAY

"Growing Self Leadership: Turn your attention inwards. What sensations, images, feeling or thoughts do you notice right now? Notice how you feel towards that part of you? Treat that part like a person. Give that person inside you some compassion and comfort."

— Dave Williams, MHPN Network Coordinator, North Shore Internal Family Systems Network, Sydney

JUNE

MHPN acknowledges that COVID-19 restrictions present a unique set of challenges. Self-care resources for practitioners are available, here are just a few:

 JULY

"Try making a timetable for each day, including some exercise, enjoyable activities and relaxation".

— Coronavirus (COVID-19) Practitioner Self-Care Tips, Phoenix Australia, 2020

AUGUST

"First and foremost, it is important to have regular, good-quality supervision. Supervision has the very real potential to improve and maintain wellbeing, increase skills and enhance reflection".

— Ann Evans, InPsych, 2015

SEPTEMBER

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and Black Dog Institute are among several partners who have created The Essential Network (TEN) app for health professionals.

TEN is an e-health hub and app which connects health workers to specialist mental health advice and triaged support to ensure access to the help they need when they need it most. It’s been designed by health professionals, for health professionals.

OCTOBER

"Become familiar with the literature on occupational risk for psychologists and pursue continuing education on these topics".

— American Psychological Association

NOVEMBER

"As it is, some of the tasks of our daily lives are indeed self-care activities, but others need to be added to our everyday routines. Others which when undertaken as a self-care activity and done with that as the intention, have the potential to sustain our overall health and wellbeing".  Read more...

DECEMBER

The Pandemic Kindness Movement is a self-care initiative by and for mental health clinicians across Australia. The movement aims  to provide health workers with resources that offer support they need. Learn more...