Mental health and exercise
Physical health problems can often affect your mental health. The mind can’t function unless your body is working properly and the state of your mind affects your body. To work properly, your body needs regular exercise
Physical activity has many benefits, not only to you physical wellbeing but also for your mental well being.
Exercise can help in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses including Type II diabetes and osteoporosis. It also helps reduce the likelihood of contracting some cancers and can improve the immune system as well as lessening the likelihood of developing problems with memory and dementia.
Remember - Any exercise is better than none but don’t overdo it. Build more physical activity into your life gradually, and remember to enjoy yourself.
How can physical activity help?
Physical activity and exercise can also help you to:
- lose weight, especially fat
lower your heart rate and blood pressure so your heart doesn’t have to work so hard
reduce risk of heart diseas and improve circulation
reduced risk of falls and injuries from falls in older people
improve feeling of well being, reduce stress and feel more relaxed due to release of endorphins
improve concentration and focus increase energy levels
improve quality of sleep decrease anxiety and depression. -
Why should you take up exercise?
People take up exercise for many reasons:
For enjoyment – if you don’t know what you might enjoy, try a few different things
For social reasons - The companionship involved can be just as important as the physical activity
For the psychological benefits - it can help you to feel more competent, or capable and give you a sense of control over your life For physical health benefits
- It can also help to boost your self confidence.
Top tips for increasing your activity level
Exercise doesn’t have to mean leggings, lycra, gyms or aerobics. There are many other ways to increase your activity levels.
- Walking is free. - Take the dog to make it more interesting or take part in an organised walking group
- Park at the far end of the car park
- Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk
- Use stairs instead of escalators or lifts
- Exercise with others to make it more fun and sociable
- Take part in more structured exercise
- Try a new hobby like gardening or DIY
Our staff are stars!
We know that they are the cornerstone of the organisation and each year we recognise their dedication and commitment at our Quality Awards.
The Quality Awards is a celebration of our staff and the work they do on a daily basis to deliver safe, high quality NHS mental health services to our patients.
On 25 January 2018, we held the Annual Quality Awards. There were 12 awards handed out at the event, including Mental Health Advocate Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Chair’s Award and Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Devon Marston and Paul Kenny (pictured) won the Mental Health Advocate Award, an award presented to volunteers who have been true advocates for mental health in the community. Devon was a founding member of Sound Minds, a multi award winning charity which helps improve the lives of people recovering from mental health issues in South West London. Paul has helped run the Family and Friends Support Group for Wandsworth Early Intervention Team for over 9 years and also is an important member of FITT – the Trustwide Family Intervention Training Team.
Deaf Advisor, Hebert Klein was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless work at the Trust for the past 30 years and his continued promotion of deaf services across the service.
The Acute Care Coordination Centre (ACCC) was awarded the Chairs’ Award as a ground-breaking innovation that has transformed the way the Trust manages bed pressures, out of hours contact, emergencies and on call.
Team Manager Chloe Perkins was awarded the Chief Executives’ Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership at the award-winning Lotus Assessment Suite. This service was also the winner of the prestigious 2017 Nursing Times award for pioneers in mental health.
A full list of winners can be found below, and photos from the event can be found on our twitter.
- Mental Health Advocate Award – Devon Marston & Paul Kenny
- Quality, Innovation & Improvement Award – Sarah Cope, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
- Co-production & Partnership Award – Forensic PAMs
- Unsung Hero Award – Mohammed Aungraheeta, Staff Nurse
- Team of the year Award – Adolescent Outreach Team
- Employee of the year Award – Rob Bryan, HR System Specialist
- Clinician of the Year Award – Zoe Harvey Lee, Senior Occuplational Therapist
- Corporate Excellence Award – Liz Young, Senior Finance Business Partner
- Chief Executive Leadership Award – Chloe Perkins, Ward Manager Lotus Assessement Suite
- Lifetime Achievement Award – Herbert Klein, Deaf Advisor
- Chairman’s Award – Acute Care Coordination Centre
And it's not just us who thinks our staff are great. As a leading mental health Trust we have won, and been nominated for, a series of leading quality awards.
In November, we celebrated a very successful evening at the prestigious Nursing Times Awards 2017 and the London Health Innovation Awards, winning multiple awards.
At the Nursing Times Awards, the Lotus Assessment Suite won the 'Nursing in Mental Health Award' and our Wandsworth BACSS was shortlisted in the 'Care of Older People Award.'
The Trust's new Psychiatric Decision Unit, The Lotus Assessment Suite, was opened by Justine Greening MP in November 2016 and is an innovative new unit which helps to improve the overall experience of mental health patients in crisis; reducing the demand on A&E departments locally. The safe and calm environment allows staff to undertake in-depth and informed assessments od more complex patients who are experiencing a mental health crisis.
And our Wandsworth Behaviour and Communication Support Service (BACSS)Wandsworth BACSS also won an award - and extra funding - at the London Health Innovation Awards for improving depression in older people care homes.
This funding from the grant will be used to improve the management of treatment of depression in older people residing in care homes by teaching staff to improve their confidence and ability to identify symptoms of depression
In October, the Trust won the silver award in the European Digital Impact Awards for the 'Best use of digital to an internal audience' category, beating stiff competition from the private and public sector for the project to redevelop our intranet (inSite).
And the success looks set to continue as, in December, we were shortlisted for another national award in this year's National Children and Young People’s Mental Health Positive Practice Awards.
The Trust was also shortlisted in the Partnership Working/ Co-Production Category for the Debating Mental Health project, which ran November 16-April 17.The project, devised by SWLSTG CAMHS Participation Officer, Laura Tyrrell, was a partnership with the English-Speaking Union, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the London and South East CYPIAPT Learning collaborative and came about as a result of conversations with young people who said that mental health services are getting quite good at offering young people opportunities to be heard, but not so good at equipping them with the skills they felt they needed to access those opportunities and make the most of them. They decided that they wanted to improve skills including organisation, public speaking, persuasive speaking and were fully involved in the direction of the programme
Richmond and Barnes Hospitals Redevelopment
As part of the Trust's ongoing programme to modernise buildings and deliver more community services we have been developing options for our Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites.
Richmond Borough update
The Richmond Royal and Barnes Hospital sites are currently underused and their condition and design make them unsuitable for modern mental health services.
Due to the listed status of the Richmond Royal site and the age of the buildings on both sites, it is not possible to create an environment to suitably meet modern mental health care standards for our patients and deliver a good working environment for our staff.
All surplus funds raised from any sales will be redirected into our frontline services across the five boroughs we serve. In addition, some of the funds raised will also be invested into the building of our two new state-of-the-art hospitals in Springfield and Tolworth.
In December 2015, the Richmond Royal site was declared surplus in order to raise the funds needed to support our wider Estates Modernisation Programme. As a result the site was placed on the market in January 2017. We will be retaining a presence at Richmond Royal and intend to still provide high quality services from the site. Services and staff levels within the borough of Richmond will not be reduced as a result of the estates work and we are currently working with staff, patients and local representatives to establish some new locations within the borough for some of our services.
Inpatient services have not been provided at Barnes Hospital since 2013. The site is underused and its condition and design make it unsuitable for developing modern mental health inpatient care.
Following an initial stage of marketing to inform our options for the site, the Trust has been working with CPMG Architects to develop a vision for the site which could deliver new homes alongside improved healthcare facilities and provide land for a new school. The Trust will be retaining the Garden House and this will be used to continue to deliver existing services at Barnes Hospital and we are currently working with Richmond CCG to establish if other community healthcare uses could be placed on the site.
We held a public consultation on Friday 10 and Monday 13 November on the plans for the Barnes Hospital site. You can view the exhibition boards below and submit comments through our survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Barnesconsultation17
Barnes exhibition boards
Next steps in the Barnes Hospital consultation – November 2017 update
At the start of November we held a two-day consultation to display our initial plans for the future of Barnes Hospital. Unfortunately due to an issue with the Royal Mail, our newsletter publicising the consultation was not delivered with the intended two weeks’ notice.
We fully appreciate the high level of local interest surrounding the development of this site and the need to provide sufficient notice of consultation events. Therefore, in order to ensure as many local residents can view the plans in person and give their feedback, we are holding a further date of public consultation in December.
This is taking place on:
Thursday 7 December 2017 from 4pm to 8pm
Garden House, Barnes Hospital, South Worple Way, SW14 8SU
Representatives of the Trust will be on hand to discuss the plans with you and listen to your views. We look forward to meeting you.
If you would like additional information regarding the work taking place in Richmond borough then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.