Nature and Wellbeing

Nature and Wellbeing

Continuing with the theme of nature and wellbeing we explore a series of vlogs and blogs from BACP members on how being outdoors can support our mental health.

The sun shining through the trees

As a chilly May gives way to a sunny June, and as lockdown restrictions begin to lift, now is a great time to get outdoors.

Check out this link to some fantastic articles and videos on topics ranging from being around plants, the power of being in the garden, movement and nature to keeping in sync with the changing seasons.

Remember that Rainbow counsellors are still right here to help during these challenging times. Contact us >

Mental Health Awareness: Self harm

Mental Health Awareness: Self harm

Self harm can often be confused by some with suicidal ideation but although for some individuals there is some crossover, for others self harm is an entirely different thing to wanting to end your life.

Mental Health Awareness: Self harmSome people experience self harm as a way to express overwhelming thoughts and feelings where these are hard to put into words, almost as though the pain is being transferred from emotional to physical pain. For some it is linked to feelings of low self-esteem, for others perhaps it may be a response to trauma for example. But the thoughts and feelings behind self harm are unique to the individual just as different methods of self-harm are varied. Cutting yourself for example is often associated with self harm but more subtle forms of harming your body, such as deliberately getting into fights, may also find their roots in a desire to self harm.

Mind’s website offers some excellent tips for help for self harm including looking at triggers and distraction techniques. Check these out here, and don’t forget that talking about your thoughts and feelings regarding self harm can be incredibly liberating and help to diffuse a sense of shame that can be associated with them. Please feel free to contact Rainbow today if this is something that may be affecting you.

Read more on this related topic from Young Minds Info:
Info about Self Harm Awareness Day and how to get help >

Mental Health Awareness: Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Mental Health Awareness: Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Returning to our series on mental health awareness we look at suicidal thoughts or feelings, sometimes called suicidal ideation.

Suicidal thoughts and feelingsFeelings and thoughts regarding suicide can be on a wide spectrum. So just because someone is feeling or thinking about this does not necessarily mean it’s something they will go on to do. Some people have these thoughts as a response to an overwhelming situation. You aren’t alone as many people have thoughts about suicide at some point in their life. Others will have less abstract thoughts about ending their life and more serious thoughts about suicide including thinking and planning the specifics of how they might carry out the act of committing suicide.

It can be very distressing to have thoughts of suicide. You may feel alone and as though nobody can really understand what you are going through. You may feel hopeless, trapped or that there is no way out of the situation you are in. You may feel shame for even having the thoughts around ending your life. But it’s important to remember that most people who find support and a way to open up about suicidal thoughts and feelings can overcome them and go on to live fulfilling lives.

This is a very brief snapshot regarding suicidal thoughts and feelings: please check out Mind’s website which includes much more information and ways to access support.

Alongside this, please contact us if you wish to speak to one of our counsellors about suicidal feelings, it’s something we are all trained to work with and an issue we explore a lot in our work with clients.

Read more on this related topic from Patient Info:
What to do if you feel suicidal during the coronavirus lockdown >

The Samaritans – support available 24/7. Visit their website: or call 116 123 FREE.

It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about Mental Health

It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about Mental Health

In a series of short videos BACP members have given a powerful account of the importance of counselling and how it helps to change lives to mark ‘Time to Talk Day’ earlier in the month.

This day is an annual campaign run by Time to Change which helps young people be more open about their mental health.

As BACP trustee Sekinat Adima says: “Friends and family are good with listening and helping, but there comes a time when they’re not always available or they’re not always able to help. That’s where counselling comes in. The ability to be able to talk to someone who’s professionally trained, who can listen, who’s impartial and who does that in a non-judgemental way.”

Check out more of the videos here and be encouraged about the value of counselling for yourself, your loved ones or your clients. And of course remember that Rainbow counsellors are still right here to help during these challenging times. Contact us >

Children’s mental health week and some helpful resources

Children’s mental health week and some helpful resources

Children’s mental health week and some helpful resourcesChildren’s mental health week has been running from 1-7 February 2021

As the consequences of the pandemic and lockdown continue there has never been a more important time to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of our children.

Many children are facing the consequences of school closure, being educated from home, isolation or tragically perhaps bereavement. Not to mention the knock on effect of anxiety and stress they will no doubt be picking up from the media and perhaps those adults who are looking after them.

BACP has drawn together a fantastic collection of resources for anyone with an interest in children’s mental health and we have included a link so you can check it out here. There’s helpful tips for lockdown family life, blogs from school counsellors and young people talking about their mental health.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Rainbow for more information, or support for you or your child, as recovery is most definitely possible!

Related topic: Children’s Mental Health Week Feb 2021 website >