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How Menopause Aware is your company?

One in 10 women has left work because of symptoms of menopause. This is unfortunate as companies lose women with great skills who have so much to contribute.

Court & Employment Tribunals where menopause is at the center is on the rise.
It has become increasingly important for employers to do what they can to become more aware and provide support around menopause.

Well done to the Harbour Energy team, the inspiring Mavis Anagboso, DEI Executive, David Leiper and Alison Macaulay for providing the platform and inviting me to do a talk on Menopause and how the company can support women going through it. Special points to the men who joined the webinar as we need our men to understand how debilitating Menopausal symptoms can be and how best to support us.

If you would like me to start the conversation on menopause at your company and how you can avoid costly litigation by supporting staff better, please get in touch. Women are a major part of the workforce and deserve to be supported so we can remain effective! ~ Dr Adaeze Ifezulike MBE

Davina MccallEdward Obi (MCIPD, TechIOSH) HR Business
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Adaeze Ifezulike speaking on Menopause at Harbour Energy
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A nation is only as healthy as the collective mental health of its people ~ Adaeze Ifezulike.

COVID has impacted mental health globally.
Join us as we discuss this important topic on Monday 18th January 2021.

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Help!! In search of role models!!

Live the life you've dreamed.

One of the things that intrigues and saddens me is the transition I note in the medical records of a young girl as she grows into womanhood.
Initially most girls attend the GP for simple coughs and colds. All is rosy. A little paracetamol makes everything alright. She is her parents’ cute little thing with no cares in the world. She skips about the clinic curious about everything, as healthy as can be. The snuffly nose is likely viral and not needing anything done other than paracetamol for a slight fever.

She attends again just as she starts puberty. She is with mum and suddenly she needs 6 months of antibiotics to keep her acne at bay. No matter how I reassure her that her spots are an expected outcome of growing up and nothing to worry about she is adamant that they are ruining her life and must be fixed ASAP.

Four months down the line, we are discussing contraception and she seems to have turned into this stranger who can barely smile. Her heavy and inexpertly applied mascara discloses that she is getting initiated into womanhood. Who is this male that will not let our little girl enjoy the simplicity of girlhood? I miss her innocence!

How can I tell her that it’s just too early to start ingesting all sorts of hormones?

How can I make her understand that this is the time to study and build a solid foundation for her future? I mention gently that she doesn’t have to feel obliged to have sex at 14 years but she looks strangely at me and huffs ‘I am the only one not having sex yet in my class!’

She visits me all the time now. She keeps forgetting to take her contraceptive pill, she can’t stand the contraceptive injection, ‘Wouldn’t it make me fat?’ She screams when I suggest it.

‘The coil then?’

‘No! I don’t want anything down there!’

‘What of an implant in your arm?’

‘Does it hurt?’ she asks fingering the tiny rod I have shown her.

‘No we will numb the area and pop it in. You won’t feel a thing.’ She is happy with that.

I ask about school.

‘They are nuts!’ She replies.

She attends again. I smile when I see her name on my screen. I call her into the consulting room. She walks in with ‘my boyfriend.’

‘Who?!’ I silently scream.

‘Where is mum?? Who is this boyfriend?’

I keep my questions to myself and force myself to listen.

The tests are back. My little no-longer-so little girl has Chlamydia! I am furious but cannot show it. I give them both treatment and sternly explain the importance of using condoms with new sexual partners.

I wonder again about school.

She is wearing her school uniform concealed under a jacket that looks like a man’s one. I notice it is creased and slightly too short and too tight for her. Does she look tired or is it my imagination? Has she been home at all? I wonder.

She attends two weeks later, unable to pee.

‘What’s wrong?’

‘It is so sore and I have got rashes all over my pussy!’

She has Herpes this time around. ‘Boyfriend needs to be treated as well,’ I explain as I pass a catheter to drain her bladder.

‘Stupid man! He left me! ‘Her Lips quiver as she tries not to burst into tears.

‘Sorry to hear that.’

I am silent as I finish up and remove the catheter.

She is back in three weeks. We can’t find her period!!

‘What of the implant?’

‘Oh I attended last month and took it out.’

‘Seriously?! But I thought boyfriend was at large….’

‘I have a new partner. He is so gorgeous! We are going to have a baby’ she explains excitedly.

I am completely stunned.

I prescribe folic acid and book an appointment for the midwife.

I feel foolish for asking about school. I don’t want to dampen her joy. Am I old fashioned? Have the times left me behind? At sixteen, I was neck deep into my Science books not necking with a bloke. The last thing on my mind then was having a baby.

She attends with her new bloke two weeks later. ‘We want a termination’ he explains. ‘We are not ready for a baby yet.’

She doesn’t say much. She clutches his hand as if it is her lifeline. I look at her and feel hopeless. Her mascara is smeared around her eyes that look so tired. She has been crying.

I need to be sure this is what she wants. She nods her agreement when I ask her directly. I desperately search for my little girl in the eyes that I look into. A stranger stares back at me. I arrange an appointment at the TOP clinic.

She returns not too long after. I anxiously look at the corridor as I let her into the consulting room. Surely she is not alone, is she?

She cries her heart out. I offer tissue after tissue. She has symptoms of mild depression. I counsel her. I recommend ‘Beating the blues’ ‘mood gym’ or what about a nice book at the library? ‘I don’t know where the library is,’ she replies.

I am about to suggest more but she cuts me short, impatiently.

‘My friends say I need antidepressants.’

Your friends!!? Are they doctors by any chance?

We reassess next week. She is adamant that only tablets will fix her mood. She will cut herself if I don’t do something.

‘Cut?’

She rolls up her sleeves and shows me tiny shallow cuts on her arm.

‘Why?’ I ask, ‘what will you do in summer when it’s time to wear short sleeves? How will you hide your self inflicted scars?’

I refer her to the psychiatrist.

She is started on medication.

It’s been twenty years.

My little girl has turned into a bitter hardened woman with alcohol as her closest companion.

We are trying to save what is left of her liver.

‘Please stop drinking so much,’ I plead.

‘Why?’ She spits.

I am on a home visit but there is nowhere to sit.

Clutter all over. I can easily count up to 10 empty bottles of beer.

‘What of work?’ I ask desperately hoping for a tiny ray of sunshine.

She laughs at my stupidity.

Her ‘friends’ come in.

‘Please leave now,’ she asks as the two men sweep off clutter from the sofa unto the floor so they can sit.

The three of them light up their cigarettes laughing at nothing. They seem like zombies.

I want to scream at them, to leave my little girl alone but as I open my mouth to speak, I gulp in smoke, I choke. My eyes burn. I feel like they are receding into the distance. I can still see them laughing but I can’t hear any sound. Am I going crazy?!

I run out into the street and greedily inhale some fresh air.

Sadness engulfs me. Longing for what should be threatens to overwhelm me.

When the call comes, I am not shocked. ‘We found her in a pool of vomit,’ says the police man. She may have choked on her own vomit, they think.

‘We need a doctor to come and PLE,’ he asks.

I find a reason not to go. I have a migraine. I plead with my colleague to go.

I want to remember her as she was many years ago. Bubbly, full of life, excited about everything… Not stone cold, covered in vomit.

RIP my little girl.

What can we do to keep our young girls from sliding into these patterns?

Where are the fathers?

Where are the mothers?

Where are the big sisters?

Where are the big brothers?

Where are the leaders?

Where are the heroes and heroines our girls can look up to?

It is indeed an epidemic of lack of decent role models.

How many more of our young people shall we lose before we find the role models?

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Dr Adaeze Ifezulike is a Family Physician/GP who is passionate about healthy lifestyles, weight management, optimising sexual health and wellbeing particularly among women and youths. She is the author of ‘Medicine abroad: compulsory for medics trained outside the western world’ https://amzn.to/2tUCdX6 and ‘Understanding contraception’, an Amazon Best seller.

The Impact of Mental Health on Organisation Culture & the Emergence of Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health: What You Should Know

Mental health is a term that is often misused and taken for granted. But the reality is that mental health has a tremendous impact on our personal and professional lives. In this blog, we’ll explore the effects of mental health on organisation culture and the emergence of mental health in the workplace. We’ll also discuss some disturbing facts about mental health in the workplace and what you can do to help. So read on if you’re looking for information about mental health and how it affects your life, career, and organisation!

What is meant by “mental health”?

Everyone experiences occasional ups and downs, but if you notice any changes in your mental health – such as mood swings, negative thoughts or feelings, or decreased productivity – it’s important to seek help. Mental health disorders can vary in severity and range from mild to severe. So if you’re worried about your mental health, here are some things to remember: – if you notice any changes in your mental health – such as changes in moods, thoughts, or behaviours – please seek help!

The definition of mental health

Mental health is a state of well-being that can be affected by many things. First, it’s important to understand the definition of mental health so you can identify when something is off balance or concerning. In addition, it’s essential to be open about your experiences with mental health so that others can support you in times of need. Finally, it’s important to keep track of your symptoms and signs to identify when something is off balance or concerning. By doing this, you can get the help you need and return to living a healthy and happy life.

The four components of mental health

Mental health is a delicate topic that can be difficult to talk about. But it’s important to do so if we want to help those in need. Here are four key components of mental health that everyone should be aware of: emotional, behavioural, environmental, and social. Each of these can have a significant impact on your mental health. For example, if you have difficulty regulating your emotions, it can negatively impact your mental health and well-being. Likewise, if you have a problematic relationship with your environment, it will also impact your mental health. The key is to work together as a team to maintain a healthy mind and body. Understanding each component is the first step in maintaining good mental health!

Mental health in the workplace 

Mental health is an important topic that deserves to be talked about more. Unfortunately, it’s one of the many issues that can lead to increased absenteeism and reduced productivity. This is why it’s so important for businesses to create an environment that is inclusive and supportive for all employees, no matter their mental health status. In addition to providing resources and support, it’s important for companies to create a culture of understanding and respect. By doing so, they can help employees feel comfortable and supported in their workplace. With proper training and awareness, businesses can help employees navigate through the challenges of mental health in the workplace.

Mental Health in the workplace – what you can do to help

Mental health is an important topic that deserves our attention. Not only is it vitally important for those with mental illness, but it’s also important for the workplace. Understanding mental health can create a more positive and inclusive environment for all. Here are four things you can do to help support mental health in the workplace:

1. Promote a healthy work-life balance.

2. Encourage employees to take breaks and use their vacation days.

3. Provide access to mental health resources, such as counselling and employee assistance programmes.

4. Encourage employees to discuss mental health issues and create a supportive environment openly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the symptoms of depression and other mental illnesses?

If you’re feeling down, have mood swings, or feel like life is not worth living, it might be time to see your doctor. Depression and other mental illnesses are often diagnosed with symptoms that vary from person to person. But some of the most common symptoms include fatigue, loss of appetite or excessive eating, poor concentration and motivation, irritability and anger management issues, sleeping problems (insomnia or restless nights), withdrawal from social activities etc. If you’re noticing any of these symptoms, it might be time to seek professional help.

What can I do to improve my mood and overall well-being?

One of the best things you can do to improve your mental health is to get active. Exercise releases endorphins, which are hormones that make you feel good. In addition, a nutritious and balanced diet will help boost your moods as it contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that work together to create a healthy brain. Finally, spending time with loved ones and friends who make you happy – they’ll be able to bring out the best in you!

What is mental health?

Mental health is the state of being mentally well. It refers to your emotional well-being and includes your thoughts, feelings, moods, emotions, and behaviours. Mental health problems can affect any aspect of your life – inside and outside the home. However, you don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental disorder or suffer from severe symptoms for it to be a mental health problem.

Is it okay to talk about my mental illness with friends and family?

Being open and honest about your mental health with loved ones is important. By doing so, you can provide support in difficult times and help them understand you better. Be frank and open about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences when discussing mental illness – this will enable them to provide support more quickly if needed.

How can I deal with stress and anxiety?

There are many ways that you can deal with stress and anxiety. One of the best ways is by practising breathing exercises. When you’re stressed or anxious, your body releases cortisol – this hormone makes you feel tired and increases your appetite. To counterbalance this, practice deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help calm your mind and reduce cortisol levels.

Conclusion

Mental health is an important topic that deserves attention and recognition. As a society, we need to be more understanding and sensitive to the needs of those who suffer from mental health problems. No one is immune to mental health problems, and understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health problems can help you get help sooner. If you ever need to talk to someone about your thoughts or feelings, remember to contact your local medical practice for assistance. We hope this blog post has helped you learn more about mental health and that you will take the time to read and share it with your friends and family.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. 

Gratitude Themed Story and Craft Session

My children’s book ‘Myra the grumpy puppy and wise old Dimple’ continues to inspire children to journal their thoughts and practice Gratitude.

Gratitude and journalling are important tools for mental resilience and even adults can benefit from these skills.

I am excited to join the #Westhill #libraries #Aberdeenshire as they engage the children in a #gratitude themed #Story and #Craft event.

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New Book Alert

Gratitude was a concept I had a ‘head knowledge’ of.

I knew of course that we are all supposed to be grateful and say ‘thank you.’

But I thought you were grateful when things went well or you got what you wanted🤷🏻‍♀️

It took me a long time to realise that GRATITUDE IS A CHOICE!! 💡

When I actively started PRACTICING Gratitude, it literally changed my life!

When gratitude stops being a ‘head concept’ and became a ‘heart concept’ there is no stopping the individual! ✈️

I saw things happen to me that I never dreamt of as I actively sought out things to be grateful for.

Gratitude for EVERYTHING… yes even for the unpleasant times…that I had experienced those toxic energy levels and knew it wasn’t for me.

Yes some things had been hurtful but thank God I went through it all, took the lessons and could now make better choices💃💃💃

As I saw this work for me, I believe it was a divine moment when I realised that if we could help our young ones focus on gratitude, a lot of the mental health issues they face will become extinct.

Helping our young ones see how fortunate they are, the average child has more now, than ever before yet they are so unhappy 😭😭

I believe getting children to have an attitude of gratitude will go a long way to boost their mental health.

Studies have shown that journaling helps mental health. So I thought, why not get the children journaling and thinking daily of things they are grateful for. Pushing for the half-full rather than half-empty mentality.

Gratitude is a lovely emotion that attracts other lovely things to it. The more grateful you are, the more you attract things to be grateful for 🥰🥰What’s not to like?

So friends, I am very excited to introduce my new book which will officially be launched on 27th August….Exactly one month today💃💃💃

The book is a storybook and gratitude journal for children that introduces the concept of gratitude to young kids. The children will be able to follow the story of a grumpy puppy called Myra as she transitions from grumpy to grateful.

This book will help all parents, teachers, children’s clubs and caregivers raise positive, mentally stable and happy children by establishing in them an attitude of gratitude.

Balanced happy children will give you the caregiver peace of mind💖💖

MYRA THE GRUMPY PUPPY

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