Mental Health Awareness Week (10 May – 16 May)

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, the PDA is taking this opportunity to call on employers to raise awareness, engage and understand mental health so that positive changes can be achieved in the workplace. The PDA also wants to take this opportunity to signpost members to some of the places that offer help and support.

Tue 11th May 2021 The PDA

Mental Health Awareness Week is about raising awareness and promoting better mental health. It is known that mental health will affect one in four people at some point in their working lives and that people with mental health problems can also suffer discrimination in the workplace.

The PDA can offer help to members who feel that they are being discriminated against by their employer due to their mental health. The PDA can also help if members feel that their workplace is unsafe or if they are not being given adequate breaks.

Pre-reg and student members can register for the PDA’s online workshop titled ‘Get Mentally Prepared!’. This is a FREE member event, register here.

The PDA’s charity partner, Pharmacist Support gives pharmacists access to additional services including:

  • Wardley Welbeing Service with resources to help you manage your wellbeing
  • Counselling and peer support
  • Financial assistance
  • Specialist advice on debts and benefits
  • Addiction support.

To access these services please visit or phone them on 0808 1682233.

The PDA also collaborated with Pharmacist Support to produce a two-page factsheet that contains seven tips to managing wellbeing in the workplace. Download the free guide here.

Daniela Rusalim, Vice President of the PDA NAWP Network, said: “As a pharmacist, mental health awareness has never been more important and I welcome the increasing acknowledgment of the importance of wellbeing in the workplace and in everyday life. Good mental health allows us to thrive, to form meaningful relationships and helps us be more resilient to challenges.”

The PDA would urge anyone who feels that they need support to contact one of the many organisations that can help. A full list of the range of charities that offer support, including specific help for parents, carers, those experiencing domestic violence or addiction problems, can be found here: Get help from a mental health charity helpline.

Get involved

  • Students and pre-regs members can register for the Get Mentally Prepared! workshop here.
  • For more information about the PDA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Networks, and to join one today, click here.

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Membership is FREE to pharmacy students, pre-regs and for the first three months of being provisionally registered/newly qualified.


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