Open Letter to the Prime Minister

Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Mental Health I see that business leaders and unions have called for mental health to be given the same weight as physical first aid in workplace legislation. An open letter asking Theresa May to prioritise manifesto pledges to act on mental health has been signed by some of Britain’s biggest employers, including Royal Mail, WH Smith, Mace, Channel 4 and Ford, as well as the Unite union. I reproduce the letter in full here, Kate. Date: 18 November 2018 Dear Prime Minister, Re: Amendment to the Health and Safety at Work [...]

April 18th, 2019|Mental Health|

Mental Health: ‘We Need to be More Honest’

J's Story 'In 2014 I went to the GP after suddenly getting panic attacks, which wasn’t very ‘me’. I began to show symptoms of anxiety, but I assumed this was down to me putting a lot of pressure on myself as after the summer I was going into my GCSE year at school. In that summer, I witnessed a suicide, something that haunted me, but that I never spoke about. I began to hallucinate, thinking the man I witnessed ending his life was with me. I suppressed these thoughts for over a year and never really spoke about [...]

April 16th, 2019|Mental Health|

Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy? When you hear the words 'occupational therapy' what’s the first thing that springs to mind? For many, the first question is "what is occupational therapy?" In this post I am going to be breaking down occupational therapy, explaining what it is, who benefits from it, and where it is carried out. If you would like more information have a read of our occupational therapy page. When you google ‘occupational therapy’ the first page to appear is the NHS website. The definition on this website states: ‘Occupational therapy aims to improve your ability to [...]

April 11th, 2019|Occupational Therapy|

Conversations with Kate: Vocational Rehabilitation

Q: What is Vocational Rehabilitation? A:  Vocational rehabilitation is essentially a process to enable an individual to work. More specifically, it is a planned and guided course of action to provide the means by which a person with illness or disability can work. As occupational therapists, we deliver vocational rehabilitation. However, we define ‘work’ in a much broader sense than is generally used in everyday language. ‘Work’ is any form of productive activity within a given community, paid or unpaid. Thus, a ‘worker role’ may entail volunteering, childcare, self-employment, employment and so forth. At KMA we know that [...]

April 3rd, 2019|Vocational Rehabilitation|