CEO update by Sue Brown
The launch by National Voices of their Ask Me How I Am report got me thinking about mental health. The report highlights many of the issues that ARMA has raised in relation to MSK. Mental health and MSK are not separate. Living with a long term painful condition which restricts your mobility is clearly going to have a psychological as well as a physical impact. Which is why ARMA has made mental health a priority … Read this article
There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and the Every Mind Matters Mind Plan can provide NHS approved personalised advice on positive steps people can take to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood. Get Your Mind Plan here.
The Better Health Every Mind Matters platform includes practical tips and videos … Read this article
As we all struggle to manage extended weeks of lockdown, it is more important than ever that you care for your mental wellbeing. If you are looking for some advice on how to keep your mental health in shape, visit Osteopathy for Health for some tips on how to help improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
No Health Without Mental Health: Why mental health is all of our business
by Brendon Stubbs
20 November 2019
Our annual lecture 2019 explored the links between MSK and mental health, the implications for how we commission and design services and how we work with individual patients. Everyone has a role to play because mental health is all of our business. Brendon Stubbs is Head of Physiotherapy, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation trust and NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Institute of … Read this article
Designing care for people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain
by Jenna Collins, Marketing and Communications Manager, Q Labs, The Health Foundation
In September 2018, the Q Improvement Lab (part of the Health Foundation) and Mind embarked on a year-long collaboration to understand how care can be improved across mental health and persistent back and neck pain.
The Q Lab and Mind have recently shared the first insights from this work, drawing on the … Read this article
Guest blog by Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
Having a musculoskeletal condition increases your risk of having a mental health problem, and people with a mental health condition are more likely to have a range of MSK problems. Yet the way services for both are organised and the ways professionals in each are trained offers little recognition of the overlaps between them.
Mental health and MSK conditions share some common traits and challenges. Both are complex … Read this article
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is very much on my mind as I write this during RA Awareness Week. Yesterday I attended a roundtable discussing the NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) and RA. Rheumatology doesn’t get a specific mention in the plan, but there is plenty of content on related issues. There is mention of chronic pain, for instance, which is very relevant to ARMA and to RA. Access to integrated pain services is something ARMA members have identified as a priority … Read this article