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can be defined as:
state of physical, social and mental well being’ (Mentality, 2004)
body are inseparable and our physical health is very important for our
overall sense of wellbeing. Our mental health can be affected by our physical
health and vice versa and this is why it is vital that we take a holistic
approach to recovery.
many ways we can all promote and protect our physical and mental health:
regular and balanced meals is important for physical health. Eating
well need not be too expensive. Information about healthy eating can
be found at 'Weight Wise'.
This site provides information and practical advice about how to monitor
what you eat and how to eat healthily.
out recent research linking food and mood at this site.
- Healthy Eating and
Depression - is also a valuable source of information about diet
and its effects on mental health.
regularly has a huge impact on physical health. Not many people know
however, that exercise can also benefit your mental health:
boosts the release of endorphins in your brain promoting feelings of
well being and reducing stress
- The effect
of exercise on our mood is instant
is fun and provides a diversion from negative thinking
provides an important source of social contact and is an easy way to
meet new friends
can promote a good nights sleep
can be free!
Health Foundation also produces this helpful guide.
complementary therapies also have ideas
which some might wish to investigate.
In both Cambridge
and Peterborough there are a range of opportunities for physical activity.
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many aspects of physical wellbeing that are general to the whole of Cambridgeshire.
operate a walk-in service where you can call in and see us without
making an appointment. Please contact the office to find out when
this service is available. We are currently unable to accept referrals
via e-mail, or to enter into a dialogue on e-mail.
are interested in stopping smoking there is expert help locally at
Camquit - the Cambridgeshire
Stop Smoking Service.
They are at The Mill House, Brookfield 's Hospital, 351 Mill Road,
Cambridge, CB1 3DF, (0800 018 4304 option 3); The Oak Tree Centre,
Oak Drive, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 7HN (0800 018 4304 Option 4) and
Unit 16 E Space North, 181 Wisbech Road, Littleport, Cambs, CB6 1RA
(0800 018 4304 Option 2) and also we have an extended hours service
on 0800 018 4304 Option 1.
Telephone : 0800 77 66 00 (24hrs)
Textphone: 0800 917 8765
Offers advice and information about drugs. You can call 24 hrs a day,
every day - calls from landlines are free and will not show up on
your phone bill.
Brookfields Hospital Site
351 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3DF
Telephone: 01223 723020
The service offers a range of support services for adults with substance
misuse issues, including advice and information, needle exchange,
open access services (including complementary therapies), prescribing
services, group work, counselling support and one-to-one dedicated
key work support.
rest and sleep
are a service user of Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation NHS
Trust then you will receive a Physical Health Assessment on admission
or will be supported in accessing suitable health checks via your
GP or other primary care or community based services. The Trust promote
the use of the Rethink Physical Health Check, a tool designed to help
you identify any physical health needs that you might have, see the
promote the use of the Rethink Physical Health Check, a tool designed
to help you identify any physical health needs that you might have,
see the following links - Rethink document
and CPMHT Guidelines.
are a mental health practitioner and need guidance on supporting people
with their physical health needs see the following link.
can be a vital part of treatment for many people with mental health
problems. If taken regularly medication can work well, often in conjunction
with other therapies, to help people live the kinds of lives that they
want to lead. Unfortunately many medicines for mental health problems
have side effects that can affect people’s lives and so it is
important that people are fully informed and educated about their medication
so that they can manage their own medicines and find the ones that are
best for them.
information here in this document,
from Fulbourn Hospital Pharmacy Department, provides some questions
you might want to ask to make sure that you are fully informed about
website - Choice and
Medication - offering information about medications used in the
mental health setting to help people make informed decisions about treatment.
Launched in 2008 the website is the result of a successful collaboration
between the United Kingdom Psychiatric Pharmacy Group (UKPPG), the Pharmaceutical
Schizophrenia Initiative (PSI) and the National Institute for Mental
Health in England (NIMHE).
information on psychiatric medication click on the following links:
Off Psychiatric Meds
of Health Publications
16 June 2009