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Mental Health Support

We know that working within the perioperative environment is extremely rewarding but can also be stressful and bring unique challenges. This is even more apparent now, in these exceptional times, as we live through the Coronavirus crisis. It has been widely reported that the virus is taking its toll on the mental health of many healthcare professionals. 

Poor mental health amongst nurses and the effect it has on patient care is one of the most talked about issues in healthcare. Working within the perioperative environment is an extremely rewarding profession but we know that it can sometimes bring challenges. That’s why we have been looking at new ways to support our members.

Challenging Behaviours

It is important to understand and acknowledge that bullying exists in the workplace.

Bullying can be professional and personal. We have prepared a document for AfPP members that aims to provide an understanding of the characteristics and behaviours of both the bully and the victim. It also aims to give you some tools with which you can fight back so you can stop yourself from being bullied. 

As an AfPP member you are able to access the document here.


All AfPP members have FREE access to a 24/7 anonymous online mental health and wellbeing service. The multi-award-winning service is provided by Togetherall and is designed to help you get support, take control and feel better.

AfPP members can go to Togetherall for support with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues – from anxiety, depression, isolation and stress, to relationship problems and lifestyle challenges. Togetherall provide safe, anonymous support with a supportive community, information and self-help resources, and trained healthcare professionals online at all times.

For more information on the services offered by Togetherall please see the short video below or the document at the bottom of the page.

If you’re struggling with mental health issues or experiencing a tough time, don’t hesitate to join Togetherall:

  • 95% of members reported feeling better as a result of joining Togetherall
  • 73% shared something for the first time. Whatever you’re going through, Togetherall is there to help.
  • 55% of people who self-identified as isolated when they joined Togetherall felt less isolated after joining the community.

As an AfPP member you are able to sign up to access Togetherall here.

Access for members is quick and easy. Please use the login box in the right hand corner. Alternatively you can join AfPP by calling 01423 881 300. 


Looking after your mental health and wellbeing is vital. Good self-esteem can help us cope when life takes a difficult turn. There are a range of things you can do to improve your mental health and wellbeing. We have suggested some ideas that may help you in the document below. 

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