Mental health is moving up the news agenda, and thankfully more people than ever before are aware of and talking about mental health problems. But somehow ‘therapy’ can still have a bit of a stigma attached to it, and people can still be nervous to admit when they need help.
According to the World Health Organisation, one in four people globally will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
Closer to home, mental health charity MIND’s research shows that one in six people in England report experiencing a ‘common’ mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. Six in every hundred people suffer from anxiety, three in every hundred experience depression, more than four will have PTSD and two or more will have a serious phobia.
The overall number of people with mental health problems does not seem to have changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. And, of course, the figures all depend on whether people are aware of or are seeking help for their problems. Worryingly, figures suggest that only approximately one in eight adults with a mental health problem is currently receiving any treatment.
Of course, many people may have symptoms of mental health issues which they readily dismiss. One study * showed that teens in the 2010s (compared to the mid-1980s) were 38 per cent more likely to have trouble remembering, 74 per cent more likely to have trouble sleeping and twice as likely to have seen a professional for mental health issues. College students were 50 per cent more likely to say they feel overwhelmed, and adults were more likely to say their sleep was restless, they had a lack of appetite and everything was an effort.
Your mental health and wellbeing underpins everything you do, and can have a very tangible effect on your physical health and wellbeing too. Some issues might make it difficult to feel motivated to eat healthily or exercise, or the idea of change may make you anxious. We can offer mindfulness and counselling services to help you to overcome the barriers which are stopping you from feeling your best. The OneWellness specialists are available to listen and help you discover ways to deal with emotional issues, and the demands and expectations of a busy modern life.
There’s no denying that everyone can benefit from therapy in some way, even those who feel they have strong mental health. Having someone listen to you, and be there to help you tackle issues, big and small, is a wonderful experience. So, if you need an ear, you know where we are.
Contact the team on 01423 568 212 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book an appointment, or learn a bit more about our therapy sessions.