National Voices and Centre for Mental Health have been speaking to people with long-term physical conditions and found they need more help and understanding from health professionals to support their mental health. They have launched a report and campaign called #AskHowIAm.
We are proud to work alongside National Voices and support this campaign calling for compassionate conversations at all points of contact between healthcare professionals and people living with long-term conditions such as lupus. We are asking every healthcare provider – nurses, doctors, and allied healthcare professionals – to properly, meaningfully ask people how they are feeling.
And we are asking system leaders to make the necessary service changes to enable these vital conversations to take place, as well as to equip all healthcare professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively support the range of emotional and mental health needs those living with long-term conditions may experience.
The report shows the impact long-term conditions can have on people, their relationships and jobs; what helps; what support is already available and works; and what needs to change to better emotionally support people living with long-term physical ill-health. We are aware that in many places clinicians are supporting people with their mental health, but it is not always the case that emotional wellbeing is brought up.
You can read the full report here – www.nationalvoices.org.uk/publications/our-publications/ask-how-I-am