We at Choice Care fully support Mental Health Awareness Week. This year's theme is anxiety - with the Mental Health Foundation saying that ‘Anxiety is a normal emotion in us all, but sometimes it can get out of control and become a mental health problem…it’s important that we recognise and respond when we feel anxious, so that our anxiety doesn’t become overwhelming.'
At Choice Care, our colleagues and our PBS Team help the people we support -and each other - to combat anxiety. Some of the ways this is done is through support sessions, skill building, and spaces to connect and share.
We spoke to the PBS team who said:
'The PBS team help identify coping skills which align with the individuals’ preferences - this can include breathing techniques, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness.
We also promote meaningful activities and quality of life, placing at the heart of our work what is important to the people we support. Support sessions are offered on a 1:1 basis and residents take the lead and share their thoughts and feelings with a practitioner who listens actively, is supportive, and non-judgmental.
We support the staff team through individual and group reflective practices, debriefs, and support sessions.'