Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Mental Health – An Important Question For You

Many of my blogs are light hearted, bizarre or whatever; but NOT today. 

This is Important and I hope that you will stay with me for a couple of minutes while I am talking passionately about something I care about.  In fact we should all care about this as one in four of us will need mental health therapy sometime in our life.

AND…

I am hoping that somebody reading this will consider training to be a therapist in the field..

Mental Health.

All over the news this morning and in the newspapers there are reports about the Mental Health services here in the UK.  I am not at all surprised and have a lifetime of working in several areas of health. 

More about that in a moment.

Paul Farmer, the chief executive of ‘Mind’, the charity that has led a review of Mental Health services says that there are “thousands of tragic and unnecessary deaths” with many more lives ruined as people struggled to get the healthcare they need.

What is the size of the problem?  

 About two million people a year are seen by mental health services and Mr Farmer thinks this needs to increase by a third.

This will include an expansion of talking therapies (such as cognitive behavioural therapy – CBT) to treat 600,000 more people a year70,000 children offered help and 30,000 more mothers with post-natal depression.

The report is being accepted by the Government and Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England pledged to commit extra £1billion to mental health.

About 400,000 of those offered extra therapy will be people with long-term physical conditions such as cancer or arthritis struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship problems as a result of their illness.

Maureen Baker, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs said “That we would like to ensure every GP practice has easy access to trained mental health services such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and other talking therapies”.

So how many people do you know who have?:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression,
  • Phobias,
  • Addictions,
  • Panic Attacks,
  • Eating Issues
  • Pain
  • IBS
  • Low Self-Esteem

That list is tiny -the funny this is that I am always at a loss where to stop with issues that can be helped with Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.    It doesn’t matter – the point is that so much of health is related to what is going in our mind.

So why my interest – why am a passionate about this?

I worked in nursing for 34 years  and was always interested in the connection between the physical and mental approach to recovery from disease of surgery.  It was easy to see that people with a positive mindset recovered quicker than those that  were negative.  Easy to see but in the everyday life of the ward impossible to research. 

That was just one notable observation – but there were many more but not enough time to research and verify them.

How things have  changed though – I am now involved through my work with a hypnotherapist – indirectly in  the mental side of health rather then the physical.

I left nursing in 1996 to set up a web design and marketing company (a long story).  The companies I most liked working with were health related for obvious background reasons. 

Then I met Adam Eason – a Hypnotherapist who was also training new hypnotherapists.  As we worked together I got to video his hypnotherapy training for use on our website. Adam’s teaching on the Hypnotherapy Training course taught me so much more about the physical / health approach to care.    It is research based and his hypnotherapy is based around Cognitive Behavioural Therapy the whole approach significantly follows my nursing psychiatric training.  

I have seen so many of Adam’s students develop into Hypnotherapists and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapists.  They are now in a great position to help with this new mental health initiative to provide additional therapeutic resources.

My reason for writing this blog post today is to ask you a question.
What are you doing in your life?
Could you train for a really worthwhile career as a Hypnotherapist or Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist?

Many of the hypnotherapists I have met have trained because they have used hypnotherapy for their own issues.  Adam Eason originally started his career because he had a physical condition (psoriasis) which was treated with hypnosis. 

Physical condition – mental solution – How interesting is that?

If you want my guidance at all – I can tell you, just how wonderful it is having a career that really helps people. There is a massive MASSIVE need.  You will get so much out of your work if you can help individuals – nothing is more rewarding.  Just take my word for it.

What is great is that you can start to train TODAY

Please do take a look at http://aecollegeofhypnosis.uk and get your prospectus for Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD) course or if you are already a hypnotherapist then there is a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist (CBH) course.

If you get a prospectus and have further questions – you will find my contact details in there – do please feel free to call me to talk about this as a career.  Just take a look – it might be a call for you to do something new and really worthwhile.

England Won Rugby and Cricket One Day Match and Arsenal Won

England Won Rugby and Cricket One Day Match and Arsenal Won

What a weekend.  I love my sport and there it all was – a weekend made for me.  England Rugby, England One Day Cricket Match AND my team Arsenal playing Bournemouth – BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT –  I missed it all.  I’ll come back to that in a minute.

I had a great weekend though videoing module 5 (Fifth Month) of Adam Eason’s Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma course.  The way that the diploma course is organised is that the students attend a monthly weekend for 10 months.  That means that students can fit the training into their working lives.  Until I was involved in this training I didn’t realise what a great model it was.  The students come back each month and really get to work well together – even skypeing and working with others on the course in between sessions.  Great friendships made and a relaxed way to learn.

My involvement with the course is to video the tuition so that we are able to make the classroom content available for anyone wanting to study on our Platinum Membership site.

I just love the contact I get with the students and tutors monthly.

However as mentioned above this weekend had a mass of sports fixtures which meant I was missing out on downing pints of beers with mates and generally being tribal.

So it made me smirk to myself as Adam started talking about ‘Parts Therapy’ therapeutic techniques.  It would take too long here to explain in any detail, but in essence there are behaviours — such as smoking — that people would like to give up but they continue because there are things they actually like about smoking. Parts therapy tries to provide alternative compensatory benefits to the part of you that is keeping the behaviour going, .  Not a great explanation but that is not why I mentioned it.

I was smirking because I was sitting there with my own interpretation of the parts therapy.  Part of me thought it was great to be at the diploma weekend because of the reasons above, BUT there was a LARGE part of me that wished I was elsewhere this particular sporting weekend.

Anyway for me there was a WIN, WIN, and WIN and recordings I know I will enjoy watching.  So there is some compensation I will enjoy the replays.