How Neil overcame his needle phobia
Neil Martin, Rehabilitation Therapy Services Supervisor at Broadmoor Hospital at West London NHS Trust, talks about his needle phobia and why he changed his mind and had the Covid-19 vaccination.
"From an early age, I’ve always had a massive phobia of needles. My fear has often prevented me from going to the dentist, giving blood and having the flu jab. It has also made parts of my role difficult. I was also apprehensive about having the vaccination because of my doubts about its safety and efficacy, including how quickly it was made available and unknown side effects."
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“A big thing for me is to keep active. I love running, walking, being outdoors when I can. I try and eat as well as possible but I’m addicted to sugar and snacks. It's all about the balance of course. During the lockdown, I dusted off my keyboard and took up learning to play from grade 1. I saw improvements but I’m sure I drove my neighbours mad but they were too polite to say anything Staying connected to people is important to me and having a drink and chat is always “therapeutic”.
During Covid-19 and the lockdown restrictions I was distracted with academic work and home renovations that took months so I was completely preoccupied. Being locked down had benefits for me in that it allowed me to slow down, rest a bit and focus on priorities in life such as keeping healthy, staying connected and doing things that bring me joy. It became even more important to keep active and have supportive routines.
Masa Milenkovic, Senior Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner has helped the most health and social care staff at Keeping Well over the past year.
"Over the last year I have been involved in working alongside Keeping Well service and have worked with many people who have come for psychological support. I found it rewarding being able to support frontline and keyworkers who were going through many overwhelming changes and needed a space to reflect and focus on their own wellbeing.
Knowing that I worked in a service that offered this was inspiring and gave me a sense of unity when working in the NHS and going through a pandemic. I hope for the service to continue providing this very needed support to people who are doing very difficult work."
Noreen, Keeping Well occupational therapist shares wellbeing advice tips to mark Mental Health Awareness Week
Noreen, our Occupational Therapist discusses how COVID-19 has impacted mental health and ways you can use this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme of nature to help improve your wellbeing.
London NHS therapist shares how Keeping Well service was a ‘lifesaver’ during Covid-19 lockdown
Massimo Pamitsch, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for the Ealing Talking Therapies Service shared his experience using the Keeping Well Service, watch and listen to his story.