Mental Health

Within the Occupational Health team, we have 2 Registered Mental Health Nurses (RMNs)

Kelly Merriman: 17 years experience working in a variety of Mental Health care settings, including Adult Medium and Low Secure Units, Acute Admissions, Psychiatric Intensive Care and Child & Adolescent Secure Services.

Nicky Rickett: Dual Qualified – RGN / RMN has spent many years working in the Head & Neck Unit in QA Hospital which has developed her understanding of the significant impact physical health can have on Mental Health and Vice Versa.

As well as supporting staff, individuals and managers through Management Referrals, we also offer interventions, such as Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP®), Stress Management training and Wellbeing Days/Mental Health Awareness Training.



The Wellness Recovery Action Plan® or WRAP® is an evidenced-based self-help tool designed to promote wellness. It is a process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. It was developed in 1997 by a group of people who were searching for ways to overcome their own mental health issues and move on to fulfilling their dreams and goals. It is now used extensively by people in all kinds of circumstances, and by health care and mental health systems all over the world to address all kinds of physical, mental health and life issues.

WRAP® was created by Mary Ellen Copeland, an author, educator, and mental health recovery advocate in the USA.

WRAP® has been studied extensively in rigorous projects and is listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

WRAP® will help you:

  • Discover your own simple, safe Wellness tools
  • Develop a list of things to do everyday to stay as well as possible
  • Identify upsetting events, early warning signs and signs that things have gotten much worse and, using Wellness tools, develop action plans for responding at these times
  • Guide you through the process of developing a Crisis Plan or Advance Directive
  • Introduce you to Post Crisis Planning

WRAP® is for anyone, any time. It will support you in being the way you want to be and doing the things you want to do. Please see for further information.

Within Occupational health we discuss with an individual whether a WRAP® would be useful in management of their health condition, whether it is mental or physical or if it would be useful to promote and help them to maintain their overall wellbeing. We also offer WRAP® as a group session.

We provide an initial template/booklet but reinforce the importance of WRAP® being a live document and that they can go off and be as creative with it as they like – giving the examples of photographs and drawings.

For external clients we provide sessions for up to 10 staff members per group. We are also available to offer Team WRAPs looking at how teams can remain “well” and cohesive.


Stress Management Training:

This is designed to look at what stress is and how it may manifest emotionally, behaviourally, physically and mentally. It reminds staff the importance of looking after themselves – knowing what their limits are and how they can retain their resilience. It assists staff to think about what keeps them well and who their supporters are in this.

Stress management is delivered by occupational health and is bookable via contacting the department on 02392 283352. It can be booked for teams of up to 15 people. Handouts are provided on stress management and workplace wellbeing.


Management Referrals for Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

Examples of referrals to Mental Health Nurse Practitioner include:

  • Complex mental health cases
  • Mental health cases with long term history of re-occurring mental health problems
  • Mental health cases with a history of being an inpatient in Psychiatric Units
  • Mental health cases with a history of psychotic episodes
  • Cases involving addictions, substance abuse for example alcohol and drug misuse
  • Cases relating to complex eating disorders for example anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other related eating disorders
  • Work related stress and anxiety conditions


Workplace Wellbeing/ Mental Health Awareness Training

Mental Health Awareness Training raises awareness of ill-mental health (particularly stress, depression and anxiety), provides tools and guidance for daily wellbeing-management, and aims to remove the stigma surrounding mental health. Mental Health is a serious subject. It also encourages employees and managers to discuss Mental Health in the workplace.


Useful Resources – locally and nationally

Connect to Support Hampshire

A community website for people living in Hampshire.



We Work For Better Mental Health. Let’s Make A Difference Together!

Mind is a mental health charity in England and Wales. Founded in 1946 as the National Association for Mental Health, it celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2016. This provides information for managers supporting staff with mental health issues.


Mental Health Foundation

The Mental Health Foundation was founded in 1949. It is a British charitable organisation that provides information, carries out research, and campaigns to improve services for people affected by mental health problems.


Off The Record

Off The Record is a registered charity and has been supporting young people from Havant, Portsmouth and the surrounding areas since 1977. It is an independent organisation, not to be confused with other agencies across the country that may have a similar name.
The volunteers offer support to young people. They work within an ethical framework for volunteers, using counselling skills as well as Youth Access guidelines of good practice and Hampshire Safeguarding Board policies and procedures.
Off The Record welcomes any young person in difficulty, whatever their circumstances, and each year receives many contacts from young people. They will also offer some support for parents/guardians.


Hampshire Youth Access

Hampshire Youth Access (HYA) is a partnership of 12 leading agencies providing counselling, information, advice, and support to children and young people aged 5 to 17 across Hampshire.

They also give advice and information to anyone concerned about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing.

By working together, they are able to share experience and best practice. This means that they are in a good position to help improve outcomes for children and young people.


Solent Mind

Solent Mind is a registered charity providing a wide range of high-quality services to support people with mental health problems across the Southern Region.


No Health Without Mental Health: a cross-government outcomes strategy

There is a clear link between mental and physical health. There is an urgent need to strengthen both the provision of mental health care to people with physical illness and the quality of physical health care provided to people with mental health problems in general hospitals and primary care.