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Mental health awareness

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 Electronicjuice (RPS).

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Pharmacists can help improve mental health, but not under current structuresSubscription


For pharmacists to make a difference in mental health care, there must be a push to provide appropriate training and resources.

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Recognising and managing body dysmorphic disorderSubscription

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A range of symptoms can indicate potential body dysmorphic disorder. Pharmacists should know how to have conversations about this condition and provide advice about the available treatments.

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Antisocial personality disorder: diagnosis and managementSubscription

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Patients with antisocial personality disorder often present with substance misuse problems and comorbid mental health problems. Pharmacists can support them by improving medicine adherence and advice on how they can take their medicines safely.

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How to demonstrate empathy and compassion in a pharmacy settingSubscription

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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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Suicide: how to recognise the warning signs and deal with disclosureSubscription


The risk factors for suicide, and the psychological frameworks and practical tools to use when dealing with disclosure of suicidal ideation.

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Olutayo Arikawe: BAME representation, health inequalities and overcoming shynessSubscription


A minute in the company of the public health services advocate.

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'Like a hug from everyone who loves you' — how MDMA could help patients with traumaSubscription


When combined with intensive psychotherapy sessions, MDMA — commonly known as ecstasy — has elicited impressive results in phase II trials and a global phase III study is just beginning.

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The right frame of mindSubscription


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.

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Mental health first aid for students needing support

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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Putting insomnia to bedSubscription


An estimated 30–50% of the population will experience insomnia symptoms at some point in their lives and, in the UK, insomnia rates steadily rise with age. With a 2% increase in sales of over-the-counter sleep aids during 2017, pharmacists are seeing more patients with insomnia symptoms. Here we discuss the health implications of not getting enough sleep and what can be done to help people drift off.

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Health anxiety: currently trendingSubscription


Do pharmacists have a role in reducing the side effects of ‘Dr Google’?

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Give all pharmacists access to NHS-funded mental health support, RPS says

All pharmacists should be able to access NHS-funded mental health support, the Royal Electronicjuice has said.

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Government issues first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of fluoxetine

  The government has issued the first serious shortage protocols to combat shortages of the antidepressant fluoxetine.

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Majority of pharmacists need support managing stress at work, survey finds

More than 60% of pharmacists need support with stress at work, a survey carried out by the charity Pharmacist Support has revealed.

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Pharmacist Support expands counselling service with funding from Boots

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.

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We need to talk about severe mental illness, RPS Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire event hears

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.

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Daily use of high-potency cannabis increases risk of psychosis by four times, study finds

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.

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Social media use linked to poor mental health in young people, APPG finds

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.

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One in four bipolar patients not receiving effective treatment, study finds

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.

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GPhC to review impact of fitness-to-practise process on pharmacists' mental health

The regulator is looking at how its fitness-to-practise procedure impacts the mental health of pharmacists who are under scrutiny.

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Pharmacists should work in emergency departments to help tackle winter pressures, NHS says

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.

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