Mental health problems are common with an estimated 1 in 6 people in the past week experiencing a mental health problem such as depression and anxiety. Yet, there is still a significant stigma associated with mental health issues, with many people suffering without seeking help and support.
If you feel your mental health is not as good as it could be, then pharmacists, health champions and other pharmacy team members are available to listen non-judgementally and signpost you to resources that may help.
Pharmacists and their teams can help in a number of different ways. Many of the medicines dispensed within a pharmacy are for depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions. Your pharmacist can advise you about how best to take your medicine and what else you can do to feel better. They will ensure that the medicine you have been prescribed is safe with any other medicines you take and can advise which over the counter medicines you can take.
The pharmacy team can help to support lifestyle choices which can improve and protect your mental health, such as stop smoking, reducing alcohol, sleeping, keeping more active and eating healthily. Most pharmacies will have members of the team who are trained as Dementia Friends and can help older people with difficulties they may have, for example, remembering to take their regular medicines.
Mental health problems can happen at any time of our lives, and your local pharmacy will care as you recover.