Stress affects our physical bodies, though most of us don’t realise just how much. I came across this excellent article examining this link and explaining it in everyday language. What is your body trying to tell you? Counselling is a great way of exploring life and relationships so that you can reduce the stress in your life. Contact Joy for a free initial consultation.
This calendar is a lovely idea from Action for Happiness. Download it, print it out and take care of yourself this September.
Treat yourself as you’d treat a good friend (Kristin Neff)
Action for Happiness publishes mindfulness-based calendars each month on different themes. It doesn’t really matter about using the correct month, you could just choose a theme and follow it in whatever month you are in.
I came across this inspirational family who are showing how children (and adults!) can use the written word and drawing to express their feelings.
The Government has just published a Green paper on children and young people’s mental health. Green Papers are consultation documents produced by the Government. Their aim is to allow people to give feedback on Government policy. In this case, members of the public can have their say until 2nd March 2018.
It contains some helpful recommendations which will raise awareness of children’s mental health issues within schools. However, there are some disappointing aspects. For example, the four-week waiting target to access mental health provision is to be welcomed but it is limited to pilot areas.
Crucially, the paper does not include universal access to counselling services within every school. This is despite the fact that it is one of the Government’s own recommendations in its advice paper “Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future“. Wales and Northern Ireland currently provide this within their own frameworks.
Only 61% of schools and colleges provide essential counselling support. For more information, take a look at the BACP’s critique and response to the green paper.
Are you looking for some support specifically for the relationship between you and your child? Do you feel that your child is struggling and you would like to be able to support them better?
I am training in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and am now at level 2 of 3. I’ve found VIG to be a really helpful new method that has transformed parent-child relationships for a number of clients recently. Read my VIG page for more information on the method and about special introductory rates.
Source: Fluid Motion Theatre
Here in Basingstoke this month, arts are being used to explore topics such as “What is it like to have mental health problems?” This may be an opportunity to explore what it means to you, and have your experience and perceptions validated or challenged.
I imagine that everyone has heard about the recent revelations of Prince Harry’s struggles with bereavement following his mother’s death. Bereavement in childhood is complicated. Prince Harry’s trauma has also been exacerbated by intrusive media scrutiny and expectations. There are so many factors that impact our lives and experiences.
I found the letters in the article to be really helpful at raising the wider issues, including funding, culture, stigma, politics and pharmaceutical industry self-interests. Perhaps you will too.
Children’s and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition urges baby boomers to address needs of younger generation
Joy says, “There’s clearly a crisis in our country and something is going very badly wrong, especially for young people’s mental health. I wonder how we as a nation can start making changes to our fundamental view on life as well as our expectations of young people? The difficulties we face as a nation through community and family breakdown and ill-considered use of technology are things that trouble me deeply, particularly seeing their impact as I do.”