Thursday, 1 September 2011

When the going gets tough.....

I spent a rainy Sunday afternoon with my sister at the Edinburgh festival watching Ruby Wax & Judith Owen's -Losing It . My Sister blogs brilliantly about it. The bottom line of the show is Wax's campaign to bust the stigma attached to mental illness which affects 1 in 4 of us.
Celebrities are not alone in trying to raise awareness of mental health issues. NICE, have recently released guidance aiming to improve the detection of common mental health problems in primary care, in particularly anxiety and depression. This obviously has implications for pharmacy.

At Barnton Pharmacy we are well equipped to talk to you about mental illness. We have a selection of self-help resources available, and a private consultation room where our pharmacists can discuss your condition with you in confidence. Should you require medication, we will discuss treatment options, and manage your expectations regarding side effects.

Here are some tips for maintaining mental well being. We hope you find them useful.
  • Keep physically active
  • Eat a healthy balanced diet
  • Quit smoking (we can help!)
  • Drink alcohol in moderation
  • Manage stress
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Value yourself and others
  • Talk about your feelings
  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Care for others
  • Do something creative
  • Take a break
  • Ask for help.


  1. Thanks super sister. Really important stuff. As our mate Rubes said, if your leg or stomach was sick, you wouldn't hesitate to get help, but when the organ in trouble is your head, it's different.
    There's more about the show on the British Psychological Society's website.

  2. It's only by talking about it and bringing it out in the open, we can craft to break the stigma