The Mental Health Foundation which promotes good mental health and who instigated #MHAW16 has produced a new report which calls relationships the “forgotten foundation of wellbeing”:
Writer and Political Economist Will Hutton also put it well in an article for the Guardian: ‘We are social beings, and the building blocks of happiness lie in looking out for each other, acting together, being in teams and pursuing common goals for the common good’.
Not only are these connections important for us as individuals; they are important for us as a society, as they promote cohesiveness and a sense of community. Many of the pressures we face today like exams, work stress and financial worries undermine our sense of wellbeing. Young people, especially, are under stress because of the competitive climate we have in schools and in the employment market and because of the shortage of affordable housing.
But a phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear that can affect anyone. These fears can have an incapacitating effect on someone and have a detrimental effect on their life and mental health, something which was featured on Radio 2 recently.
Not only is the experience itself horrid and terrifying, but it can make you feel out of control and overwhelmed leading to stress, anxiety and depression.
Many people with phobias will go out of their way to avoid a situation where they might have to face their fear. This avoidance technique, which at first seems effective, can significantly impact how they live their life.
Social Phobia, which covers a range of fears, can be a specific situation like public speaking right along the scale to completely withdrawing from any social contact. BYHP works with a number of young people suffering with Social Phobia conditions like travelling on public transport, communicating in large groups and attending a job interview.
As reported in the Observer on Sunday, a survey of 300 GPs in England has said that care for children with mental health problems is ‘woefully inadequate’.
Young people with anxiety and depression are missing out on treatment because there is rationing of care and they are not considered to be priorities. Even young people who are self-harming sometimes have to wait months to be seen ‘with risks to their health and well-being’ (Norman Lamb Mental Health Minister in the Coalition Government).
This is at a time when more young people are experiencing mental health problems as a result of family breakdown, increased pressure in schools and worries about the cost of higher education. According to the survey conducted by the charity Stem4, one GP said that ‘young mental health problems are a time bomb waiting to explode.’
Here at BYHP we are aware of the pressures faced by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) with increased demand and consequent longer waiting times. NHS England has promised an extra £1.4 billion nationally to support Mental Health Services for young people, but this will take some time to feed through. We have 2 qualified Counsellors and one Trainee Counsellor here at BYHP and at present we see 8 clients aged between 13 and 25 years.
We are currently developing our service and can receive referrals from schools, Social Care, CAMHS and from young people themselves and their families.
If you feel you or someone you know could benefit from a trained counsellor’s help please contact us for more information or to book an appointment
01295 259 442
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Ros Jones MBACP - Wellbeing Practitioner
Mental Health Awareness Week is with us again; does it feel like a year since we had the last one? What difference has it made to you, has it raised your awareness and sustained your awareness or did it come and go?
Reading moving stories of those who are brave enough to share their personal struggles with ill health can be very moving and yet, what impact does it have on society when we still hear of the stigma surrounding mental health.
I was wondering what to blog about to mark the occasion next week and I read an article on the Mental Health Foundation website https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/ which is setting a challenge.
How good are your relationships? Can you improve them? They are asking everyone to prioritise their relationships and make a relationship resolution.
Could you invest more time in being with friends, family and colleagues and listening to them, actively committing to building good relationships?
Try it and see and then see if you can keep it going all year; Mental Health Awareness should be with us all year not just for one week, after all, we all live with our own physical and mental health even if we are not thinking of it.
Let us actively support someone who we know needs a helping hand; one person, one gesture, is sometimes all it takes to make a difference. #MHAW16
Today is Time to Change’s #timetotalk day 2016
Mental wellbeing is as important to all of us as physical wellbeing so why is there still a stigma attached to mental ill health? Why is it that so many people are feeling anxious, depressed and lonely and are not able to tell anyone? Suffering with dis-ease is nothing to be ashamed of and is definitely not a weakness.
Statistics say that 1 in 4 of us will suffer with mental illness at some time in our lives; how would we want to be treated? Our young people are often isolated with no one to turn to for help or advice and are fearful, keeping their problems to themselves.
Let us break the silence that shrouds mental illness.
Let today be the day to open up and talk. For our young people, BYHP offers a counselling service, time to talk, not to be judged, time to explore feelings of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, loss and lack of self-worth.
Maybe Time to Change is about time to change attitudes towards mental health.
Let us all challenge the stigma surrounding mental health and have that difficult conversation today; the first step is the hardest.
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