From Monday 7 October we’re asking you to join us in #MakingParityReality.
We want every patient’s mental and physical health to be given equal attention, across all health care settings, and you can help make it happen.
“Currently, people with severe mental illnesses die 15-20 years earlier than the general population,” said Tim Coupland, who leads the RCN parity of esteem project.
“We can all play our part in changing this by addressing people’s mental health with the same urgency as we do physical health and ensuring that people with complex mental health issues are supported to look after their physical wellbeing. We also need to consider how physical health issues affect our patients’ mental health.”
Tim and the rest of our parity of esteem group have been looking at how mental and physical health feed into one another and what nursing staff can do to make parity a reality. Our week-long campaign will share key insights and actions to help you make changes in your workplace.
Small changes, such as asking all of your patients this week how they are doing both physically and mentally can make a big difference. You could also set up a working group of like-minded staff to help make changes across your workplace, look in to opportunities for staff training, and identify community services to refer patients to.
“The current and ongoing inequalities between physical and mental health outcomes are completely preventable,” Tim added. “Nursing staff are in a unique position to address patients’ mental and physical health at the same time.”
Five ways to get involved:
- Visit our parity of esteem webpages to find out more and access campaign resources.
- Print off a poster to display in your workplace.
- Submit examples of how you’re working to deliver parity of esteem.
- Follow the hashtag #MakingParityReality on Twitter and post your own views.
- Join our Twitter chat at 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 October by following @TheRCN