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Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance

You may wonder why a mental/emotional well-being service is interested in antibiotic resistance?

We are interested in all things which can negatively impact mental well-being. The World Health Organisation (WHO) in July 2020 wrote:

  • Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.
  • Antibiotic resistance can affect anyone, of any age, in any country.
  • Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but misuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is accelerating the process.
  • A growing number of infections – such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhoea, and salmonellosis – are becoming harder to treat as the antibiotics used to treat them become less effective.
  • Antibiotic resistance leads to more extended hospital stays, higher medical costs and increased mortality.

All of these can contribute to stress for people and impact well-being, including mental well-being.

The wee video and tips sheet is all about helping raise awareness of the challenge so we can all take steps towards reducing the risks of antibiotic resistance.

This piece is not saying we should not take antibiotics. Sometimes we need them. They do save lives.

It simply seeks to support what others are doing, which means we protect antibiotics so when we do need them, they are still there for us in a practical way and explore what else we can do to help reduce the spread of infections.

"The world urgently needs to change the way it prescribes and uses antibiotics. Even if new medicines are developed, antibiotic resistance will remain a major threat without behaviour change. Behaviour changes must also include actions to reduce the spread of infections through vaccination, hand washing, practising safer sex, and good food hygiene." WHO

We want to thank NHS Healthcare improvement Scotland for their support in creating this tips sheet and video.

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