#WePMDs - Tuesday 17th October 2017 8pm (GMT Standard Time) Paramedics and colleagues mental health and well-being

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As an activity following world Mental Health Day on the 10th ofOctober @WeParamedics will be holding a tweetchat to discuss the mental health and well-being of Paramedics and others who work in the Ambulance service.

The chat will see what we can do to support ourselves and help to identify resources that people find useful. We will look at the international evidence of what is being done to support Ambulance staff, there is some great evidence from Australia and closer to home, for example the MIND Blue Light Programme. 

We are hoping to have some representation from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) Mental Health Group and the College of Paramedics on the chat.

Join us on 17th October to participate from 8pm, simply add #WePmds to your tweets to join in!

 

Links to helpful pre-reading & support

 

https://www.mind.org.uk/news-campaigns/campaigns/bluelight

https://www.beyondblue.org.au/about-us/about-our-work/workplace-mental-health/pes-program

http://www.theasc.org.uk/need-our-help 





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 #WePMDs transcript

 
@richki55
17 October 2017 20:00
I am in west yorkshire with a beer #wepmds
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:00
RT @WeParamedics: Welcome to our 3rd chat since resuscitation, let’s see where people are tweeting from tonight? #Wepmds
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:01
@WeParamedics I am in South #Yorkshire with a hot chocolate #WePMDs
@EEAST_research
17 October 2017 20:02
Kessingland Suffolk with a couple of dogs #wepmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:02
Hi Roger - If you add #wepmds to your tweets everyone in the chat can see them :) https://twitter.com/Rogie_The_Medic/status/920363844031016960
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:03
Hi #wepmds! We're @TASCharity The Ambulance Staff Charity, and we're national but based in Coventry, Warks.
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:04
@TASCharity in Coventry, ready for any questions about our services #WePmds
@ParamedicsUK
17 October 2017 20:04
@WeParamedics We are here with you all tonight! #WePMDs
@prehospit_al
17 October 2017 20:04
Its starting now, come and chat about wellbeing in the ambulance service #Wepmds https://twitter.com/WeParamedics/status/920330393932398592
@RhiRoderick
17 October 2017 20:05
#wepmds Maidstone here!
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:06
Guelph, Ontario Canada #Wepmds https://twitter.com/weparamedics/status/920363649654579202
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:08
@WeParamedics Sometimes its positively and amazingly rewarding and fulfilling! Sometimes not... #WePMDs
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:09
I was dx with PTSD in 2014 because of calls as a medic #wepmds
@Para_Fin92
17 October 2017 20:09
@WeParamedics #berkshire! #WePmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:09
Hi Ruairi, if you include the #wepmds in your tweets everyone can see and respond to them https://twitter.com/therevprev/status/920365895066750977
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:12
Are you able to access support? #WePmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:13
Hi Andy, if you add #wepmds to your tweets we can all see and respond :) https://twitter.com/andycollen/status/920367028912959488
@richki55
17 October 2017 20:13
I knew where to access support, but my best support came from workmates #wepmds
@EEAST_research
17 October 2017 20:14
recognising you need support and knowing where to find it before it becomes a problem #wepmds https://twitter.com/prehospit_al/status/920366541182562305
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:14
@WeParamedics #WePmds yes in Ontario we have PTSD legislation that makes external support more accessible. Internal is service dependent.
@andycollen
17 October 2017 20:14
@WeParamedics Ran out of characters! I get told off for forgetting every time ?? #WePMDs #luddite
@RhiRoderick
17 October 2017 20:14
@richki55 Me too - lot to be said for colleague support in these situations #wepmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:16
Hi Erin, if you include the #wepmds we can all see your tweets :) https://twitter.com/erinburrows/status/920367676320464896
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:16
@richki55 I hear this is one of the negative impacts of #hubandspoke model. Less informal 'mess room' chat time. #WePMDs
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:16
@WeParamedics For those in the UK, @TASCharity offers a range of support for present and past ambulance staff - keen to support you. #wepmds
@erinburrows
17 October 2017 20:17
@WeParamedics um guys, GBBO clash?! #wepmds
@ResPara_JB
17 October 2017 20:17
@WeParamedics In the south #Wepmds .... doing this during #GBBO #brave
@SarahHuggy
17 October 2017 20:17
RT @EEAST_research: recognising you need support and knowing where to find it before it becomes a problem #wepmds https://twitter.com/prehospit_al/status/920366541182562305
@therevprev
17 October 2017 20:17
@WeParamedics @DubFireBrigade Critical incident Stress Management #wepmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:18
@erinburrows Key issue highlighted by one of the team. record and then miss adverts #wepmds
@ResPara_JB
17 October 2017 20:18
@WeParamedics @SECAmbulance have a well-being hub starting up which can sign post staff to the appropriate support #Wepmds
@ParamedicsUK
17 October 2017 20:18
@therevprev @WeParamedics @DubFireBrigade Tell us more please? #WePMDs
@SarahHuggy
17 October 2017 20:19
@lizharrisFCPara @richki55 I don't think we should underestimate this loss, peer support vital for learning and informal debriefing #WePMDs
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:20
@prehospit_al @andycollen @DavidDPara @WeParamedics @matthewsyed #BlackBoxThinking I have a copy waiting in the wings... #WePMDs
@JonnyBrownett
17 October 2017 20:24
@erinburrows I have a dream that one day relief lines will be a thing of the past! I can only hope! ?? #wepmds
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:26
@ParamedicNat1 @WeParamedics @ToddDohertyMP Sounds great! What does this mean in reality please? #WePMDs @LeonBaranowski
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:28
@lizharrisFCPara @WeParamedics @ToddDohertyMP @LeonBaranowski #wepmds it's will help to develop a national language… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/920371009030705152
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:29
Not everyone will use their well-being services. @TASCharityreceice referrals for help from wellbeing services #WePmds
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:31
@SarahHuggy @WingsoChange Thank you ?? #WePmds
@dahrlenetough
17 October 2017 20:31
@JonnyBrownett @SarahHuggy How do we create the space and time for this to happen consistently? #unprecedented-demand #WePMDs
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:31
@TASCharity are currently developing a Stress/PTSD programme of support that will be rolled out uk wide #WePmds
@JonnyBrownett
17 October 2017 20:32
@richki55 It has actually been documented/evidenced as a recognised coping strategy ? Just don't get caught out of the crew room ???? #Wepmds
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:33
Some really good comments we are struggling to keep up with it all! #WePmds
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:35
@JonnyBrownett @SarahHuggy Need to look out for them too thou eh!? https://peerj.com/articles/3735/ #WePMDs @proftomquinn
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:35
Info in the weparamedics page about our services, but take a look at our website http://theasc.org.uk #WePmds
@richki55
17 October 2017 20:38
@erinburrows Having worked at at HEI probably not, but we did not support mentors well either #WePmds
@ParamedicNat1
17 October 2017 20:40
Very interesting #WePmds https://twitter.com/nwamb_kieran/status/920371448765730816
@proftomquinn
17 October 2017 20:41
RT @lizharrisFCPara: @JonnyBrownett @SarahHuggy Need to look out for them too thou eh!? https://peerj.com/articles/3735/ #WePMDs @proftomquinn
@richki55
17 October 2017 20:41
It was great to be involved with the @mindbluelight they have developed some great tools for us all to use #WePmds
@SarahHuggy
17 October 2017 20:43
RT @dahrlenetough: @lizharrisFCPara @JonnyBrownett @SarahHuggy Absolutely! 10 minutes to potentially prevent long term distress?? #WePMDs
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:46
How can ambulance services improve the provision they offer to support staff mental wellbeing? #WePmds https://t.co/Tflp1am9Vx
@prehospit_al
17 October 2017 20:48
@WeParamedics I'm a great believer in catching the horse b4 it bolts, so resilience training included in Uni/basic training. 1/2 #Wepmds
@EEAST_research
17 October 2017 20:49
I think that hits a nail on its head #WePmds https://twitter.com/dahrlenetough/status/920375911240884226
@SarahHuggy
17 October 2017 20:49
@YvonneOrmston @ResPara_JB @JonnyBrownett @dahrlenetough @NEAmbulance I think "it's ok to ask" might be the tag line of the night. #wepmds
@dahrlenetough
17 October 2017 20:49
@Kirsty_LLR @JonnyBrownett @SarahHuggy Agree we often stop at the first ‘fine’... #WePMDs
@EEAST_research
17 October 2017 20:51
Yes it really did. Much needed exposure i think?? #WePmds https://twitter.com/JonnyBrownett/status/920374387446046721
@proftomquinn
17 October 2017 20:51
RT @SuzanneRastrick: @WeParamedics Important that it's based in evidence and consistent across the service. #WePMDs
@TASCharity
17 October 2017 20:52
2... if you are interested - the more people who know about us the more we can help #Wepmds https://twitter.com/dahrlenetough/status/920375122938220544
@NWAmb_Kieran
17 October 2017 20:52
@lizharrisFCPara @erinburrows @DrMikeFarquhar @ParamedicsUK ... Pun not intended! #WePmds
@Kirsty_LLR
17 October 2017 20:53
@SarahHuggy @YvonneOrmston @ResPara_JB @JonnyBrownett @dahrlenetough @NEAmbulance ..... and ask again ..... #wepmds
@richki55
17 October 2017 20:53
RT @Kirsty_LLR: @WeParamedics #wepmds ... we need to create a great system & stop trying to make stuff that already exists 'fit'
@JonnyBrownett
17 October 2017 20:53
I think we need to look at ways to prevent burnout & wellbeing in ourselves. For me the gym & strangely CPD helps me! #WePmds
@lizharrisFCPara
17 October 2017 20:55
@SuzanneRastrick @WeParamedics Lots of inconsistencies across #Ambulance Services I'm afraid Suzanne. #WePMDs
@ViralKMH
17 October 2017 20:55
RT @lizharrisFCPara: #WePMDs Why #Paramedics leave #Ambulance Services... #workforce #retention https://t.co/GGHDOI47GC
@YvonneOrmston
17 October 2017 20:57
@dahrlenetough @RhiRoderick @ResPara_JB @SarahHuggy @JonnyBrownett @NEAmbulance #wepmds personal view but it should… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/920378317622136833
@WeParamedics
17 October 2017 20:58
some really good discussion that I am sure will continue. remember to check the transcript after and use it for your CPD #Wepmds




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