Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours, and teaches patients to develop the coping skills necessary to successfully deal with the issues they may be facing.
An innovative new pilot partnership has been rolled out across Lancashire in a bid to tackle emergency incidents involving people with mental health issues.
Aimed at reducing demand while ensuring that people get the right assistance at the first point of contact, the Mental Health Response Service (MHRS) will see police officers working in conjunction with dedicated NHS mental health nurses who can make assessments and referrals.
Mental health charity, Mind has spoken out about the unacceptable distances that patients are being forced to travel for a bed.
Despite the fact that a 2014 report showed that the average journey for a patient is 13 miles, many teams across the UK have seen patients travelling on average more than 100km. NHS statistics show that those in Brighton, Great Yarmouth and Waveney face the longest average distance.
The focus for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is on mindfulness. To help celebrate this, below are three quick, easy and effective ways that you can practice being mindful regardless of whether you’re in the office, at home or are sat on the train.
Every year, Mental Health Awareness Week helps to raise awareness about the mental health and wellbeing issues that affect many of us across the UK. Taking place from the 11th until the 17th May, 2015 is focusing on Mindfulness.
There has a lot of media coverage surrounding mindfulness recently and how this type of therapy can be particularly beneficial to those who suffer from recurrent depression. What exactly is mindfulness however?
Data which has been released by a specialist mental health charity has revealed that mental health referrals for ex-servicemen and women have increased by a staggering 26% in the last year alone. The charity is currently working with nearly 6,000 military patients which is more than they have ever worked with since it was founded back in 1919.
Mental health conditions may be more prevalent in today’s society than ever before but this doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about it. Below we have highlighted a few simple life changes that can have a huge impact on mental health and overall wellbeing.
The practice of mindfulness involves deliberately resting one’s attention on present moment sensations such as the breath. The practitioner assumes an awake yet relaxed posture in their body, and then places their attention on the breath. When one notices that the mind has drifted away from the object of meditation, attention is then again gently brought back to the object, in this case the breath.
This practice, which is very simple, is also quite difficult, mostly because our minds are not trained to be present. Instead we spend most of our waking hours in distraction and random, discursive thinking. Because we have never cultivated this ability of mind to simply be present, our ‘’ is weak, and we find we have little control over our thinking process.