The Importance Mental Health & Wellbeing During Covid-19
Over recent years there have been significant increases in our understanding of mental health and the link between mental health and physical health is clear: individuals with mental health issues have an increased risk of suffering from physical illness because of diminished immune function, poor health behaviour, non-compliance with prescribed medical regimens and barriers to obtaining treatment for physical disorders. Moreover, individuals with chronic physical illness are significantly more likely than other people to suffer from mental health issues.
The Covid-19 global pandemic is a threat to both mental and physical health. Anxiety levels are increasing with the spread of coronavirus and online searches for health anxiety have increased by 3,000% in the past few weeks. The implementation of social distancing and reduced access to physical activity (such as team sports and gym access) is only going to increase those anxiety levels and the risk of mental health issues. With such a strong link between mental and physical health, this could have severe implications on people’s ability to continue working during this crisis and potentially increase susceptibility to Covid-19.
Although effective interventions are available, many are not accessible to the majority of those who need them.
But help and support is available...
It is vital that people do not suffer alone but sometimes it can be hard to discuss these issues with family (who may now be living in very close proximity), friends or colleagues.
Speaking to a qualified professional working in an approved ethical framework is an additional option to provide staff with counselling, therapy and support to help staff at this challenging time.
How we can help
Our Counsellors are trained and experienced in helping clients to grow their confidence and deal with issues using proven therapeutic approaches including Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. We operate under the ethical framework of the British Association of Counselling Practitioners (BACP) in the strictest confidence.
We have a great deal of experience working with adults, groups, teenagers and secondary school children during particularly challenging times. We regularly help clients work through anxiety, depression, phobias and many other mental health issues.
You may feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, overworked, confused, angry, worried, frustrated, scared or are experiencing specific difficulties with changes in living and/or working arrangements. Asking for help can be the hardest step to take in this rapidly changing world.
The initial consultation is free and sessions are now being conducted via telephone and/or video conference, in line with Government & public health advice. Get in touch!