How a talking therapy can really help you...
A new survey has revealed that one in five Britons suffers from anxiety or depression. The survey is the most comprehensive study ever carried out into our mental health. High levels of unemployment, relationship breakdowns and poor physical health are cited as the main causes of stress-related illnesses.
Paul Jenkins, chief executive of Rethink Mental Illness says that the survey is a ‘wake-up call’ for the NHS, which is not equipped to deal with mental health problems. Paul Jenkins was speaking out after the figures from the Office of National Statistics revealed the scale of the problem.
‘Unfortunately, NHS services for people with mild to moderate depression are extremely limited,’ he said. ‘Far too many people are given medication as the first and only option, when they should be offered talking therapies. We need a larger share of NHS resources dedicated to mental health and better training for GPs.’
The figures were revealed as part of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme The figures, published as part of the Measuring National Wellbeing Programme, saw 40,000 households surveyed after David Cameron ordered a report to gauge the nation’s happiness.
And the results will be bad reading for the prime minister. People aged 50 to 54 are most likely to suffer from depression. It revealed 16 per cent of men and one in five women have suffered from the symptoms of anxiety, including low self-esteem.
The department of health has invested £400million to improve mental health care since 2010.
But a spokeswoman admitted: ‘Stigma attached to the illness can play a big part in people not coming forward for early treatment.’
As far as my own practice is concerned I have been seeing an increase in the number of clients who come and see me to speak about their struggles with stress and anxiety and looking for ways to help manage them. The increase that I have seen is mirrored across the experience of other therapists that I have spoken with.
On the one hand this can be seen as an indicator of how more people are struggling to deal with the ups and downs of twenty first century life, on the other hand I think it is very positive that more and more people are seeking help.
The stigma attached to coming forward is being broken down. I am always happy to be able to point out to my clients that the hardest step was the one they took in coming to talk to me, and once that step has been made they are already on the right track.
If you find that you are suffering from stress and anxiety then always know that you can get help. It is important to understand that you do not need to tackle it alone.
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