Practitioner self-care and mindfulness

07 August 2019  Coordinator Connect

With R U OK? day coming up, MHPN would like to take the opportunity to remind practitioners about the importance of self-care. Also, to suggest coordinators consider organising a meeting on self-care.  

In the last two years, over 30 networks have invited speakers who specialise on self-care and mindfulness to give practitioners information and tips. These meetings have been very well attended. 

Below is a list of networks that have recently held meetings on mindfulness and self-care, which might give you some ideas for a meeting.

  • A Sydney CBD MHPN had a psychologist present ‘Training in Calm - Yoga stretches, meditation, mindfulness & CBT techniques’.
  • Wollongong MHPN invited a lecturer in Health and Social Wellbeing to present, ‘Are you showing compassion towards yourself?  The role of contemplative practice and mindfulness in protecting against compassion fatigue.’
  • The Frankston & Peninsula Transcultural MHPN invited two practitioners who practice mindfulness to present a session on ‘Mindfulness for clinical practice and self-care.’  
  • Brighton MHPN invited a psychologist to present ‘The Science Of Mindfullness’.
  • Practitioners from Townsville Mindfulness in Mental Health Network shared a few readings on mindfulness and related subjects, followed by a period of group mindfulness/meditation practice.
  • The Bayside South, Mentone – Chelsea MHPN invited a GP to present on ‘Mindfulness Based Interventions in Mental Health’.

Information about R U Ok Day? is here.  

Other resources:

Although written by the The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) this resource is helpful for all practitioners.

The Royal Australian College of general Practice (RACGP) resource may be helpful as well.

If you have any questions, contact your Project Officer for assistance.