In a study of 401 cancer specialists in the UK, 102 exhibited possible psychiatric morbidity and more than one in ten showed clinically important levels of depression. The study was published by Professor Chris Todd and his team at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and Christie Hospital, Manchester in Clinical Medicine in June.
Dealing with serious illness can be hard work and very stressful for all concerned. In the survey mentioned the respondents noted that talking with distressed relatives was one of the stress factors.
Of the respondents they found 102 with levels of psychological distress, 44 had scores indicating depression and 15 expressed suicidal ideas.
Coincidentally IntegrityNLPs first introductory workshop Applying NLP: An Introduction is based around this very issue. How can you be with people in an effective way without being overwhelmed by their suffering?
The day long workshop is at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle on July 18th and it’s free of charge to anyone working in a hospice in the Tyne and Wear area. Let me know if you are interested