World Mental Health Day 2019
At Kingsbridge Private Hospital, we believe in the importance of not only your physical health but also your mental health and wellbeing.
World Mental Health Day (10th October 2019) is a great day to show your support, with this year’s focus being on suicide prevention.
Mental health problems affect one in four of us, and range from common problems, such as depression and anxiety, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Yet people are still afraid to talk about them.
Our mental health describes how we feel and how well we can cope with situations that present themselves in our lives, which can change from day to day, year to year.
We are all different and something that might affect one person a certain way might affect another a completely different way. We all have times when we have low mental wellbeing, where we feel stressed, upset or find it difficult to cope. However, there are many ways in which you can take care of your own mental health as well as helping others.
Here are some things to think about when you are feeling down:
- Make time for the people you love and build strong positive relationships with them. A sense of loneliness and shutting yourself away from friends and family can produce negative feelings within yourself and can really affect your mental health. Use their support to talk about how you feel. Sometimes just speaking up and acknowledging your feelings out loud can really help.
- Learn something new or take up a new hobby. Maybe joining a cookery class or taking up a photography course. Whatever your interest, finding something you enjoy and can look forward to can really lift your mood, boost your confidence and give you a sense of achievement.
- Try relaxation techniques and mindfulness. Taking time for yourself, going for a walk in the fresh air, listening to music or enjoying a warm bath can really reduce stress levels after a busy day.
- Ask for help! If you ever feel stressed out, or really low, and especially if you are having overwhelming thoughts, you shouldn’t feel pressured to continue as normal. Talk to a counsellor, your GP, friends or family. They are there to support you and to help you focus on how you can feel better within yourself. Take your time and know that these feelings can and will pass. If you are worried about someone you know, encourage them to seek help, the Mental Health Organisation is also available to provide advice.
At Kingsbridge Private Hospital we provide a wide range of mental health care services to include Clinical Psychology. Our Clinical Psychologists specialise in providing psychological assessment and interventions to infants & their families, children, adolescents, adults and couples from mental health problem, such as depression or schizophrenia, to ‘cognitive’ problems such as problems with memory or perception after a head injury, a learning disability or dementia.
An initial assessment takes place where you work together with your psychologist and come to a shared understanding of the problem and discuss the more suitable type of therapy along with an approximate number of sessions required. Our skilled team of Clinical Psychologists provide psychological assessments for a range of issues and use effective, evidenced-based therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic or Family Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR).
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Our Diamond Club also focus on monthly health initiatives within the workplace in which we offer free talks and seminars around a range of topics for employees along with monthly newsletters and other benefits. So far, we have focused on Building Your Resilience, Moving More & Sitting Less and Preventative Health. All touch on mental health in some way as it is such a prominent topic in today’s environment.
'Nearly half of all adults feel as though they’ve experienced a mental health problem at some point in their life.' Dr Laura Ringland
Do you work in HR? Want to find out more about our Diamond Club? Interested in organising a talk for your employees on important health related topics?