Let's normalise talking about mental health.
To explore the stigma associated with mental health, break barriers around seeking support and understand experiences of those in the profession, our Norah Casey will be joined by guests including those from the INMO community, groups involved in the initiative, and mental health experts.
This series will give a platform to various opinions, testimony, and perspectives on mental health matters in the nursing & midwifery profession. Let's normalise conversations around mental health among INMO members, fostering a spirit of community and self compassion.
Through our research project to inform the “Let’s Talk About It” initiative, we learned of the key occupational, social and Covid 19 related stressors that exist in the nursing & midwifery profession, and the consequences these can have on the physical and mental health of nurses & midwives.
There is a degree of stigma around discussing mental health issues and certain barriers to seeking help when the need arises, such as a “just get on with it” culture and a lack of awareness of how to access support services.
In our shape this initiative survey*, 26% of respondents noted they adopt a “just get on with it” approach when feeling stressed, anxious or under pressure in work, as opposed to talking to a friend, colleague or manager. Less than 1% of our survey respondents said they would seek help from a professional.