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David Wilmott responds to Centre for Mental Health report ‘Reaching Out’

Cygnet's Director of Nursing, David Wilmott, responds to new analysis from the Centre of Mental Health's publication Reaching Out which looks at ways of improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness and highlights how new investment has been used around the country to improve outreach services.

Stacey Chishiri

8 tips for dealing with loneliness at Christmas

For so many, Christmas is a time of cheer, celebration and spending quality time with loved ones. Yet for others, the reality is quite different. It can either bring about feelings of loneliness or exacerbate them. Our Occupational Therapist at Cygnet Hospital Derby, Stacey Chishiri, offers some valuable advice and tips for anybody who may find themselves in that situation.

Anna Kowalska

Nursing Support Workers Day

Thursday 23rd November is a very special day for so many who are often unseen and unheard. Nursing Support Workers' Day celebrates the essential roles that NSWs play across all health and social care settings, improving service user experiences all year round. In our latest blog we are delighted to share the experiences of Anna Kowalska and Melanie Knees, two of our Nursing Support Workers at Cygnet Hospital Beckton.

Ollie White

Celebrating Disability History Month

From 16th November to 16th December 2023 it is Disability History Month. In our latest blog Ollie White, Home Manager for The Orchards, writes about his neurodiversity, how it affects him and the challenges he has overcome.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying Week, an event which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people.

Caleb’s Journey

Read Caleb’s blog about his experience at Cygnet Adarna House through to the present day where he is looking forward to progressing into community living, and taking on an expert by experience role within the service.

Finding Your Calm

Stress can actually be good for us. It can help us focus, increase productivity and contribute to a sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, self-esteem and general well-being. However, too much stress like too much of anything, is not a good thing. In this article two of our Occupational Therapists write about important ways we can help our minds and our bodies to stay calm in the face of stressful moments.

Dr Jon Van Niekerk

‘There is a message behind every strand of hair’ – the importance of Movember

Movember is an annual event during the month of November that raises awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. In this blog Dr Jon Van Niekerk, Group Clinical Director, writes about the importance of Movember and why he will once again be growing a fresh moustache over the course of the month.

My role as a Multicultural Network Ambassador

Our latest blog is by Emmanuel Amogbon, a support worker at Cygnet Acer Clinic, who writes about his new role as Multicultural Network Ambassador at the service and about the activity's he helped organise to celebrate Black History Month.