Mental Health Awareness Week 9 – 15 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week 9 – 15 May 2022

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week 2022, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

The focus is a topic that may well have affected many of us over the last couple of years – loneliness.

The Mental Health Foundation hosts the week of awareness on a mental health theme each year in May, seeking to highlight issues which affect society and has grown to be one of the biggest awareness weeks in the UK and globally.

One in 4 adults feels lonely some or all of the time and it’s a risk factor for many other mental health issues. On top of this the pandemic has indeed isolated us in many ways from friends and family, adding a new dimension to the loneliness that many face.

There’s no surprise then that reaching out for support can really help to break the cycle of loneliness. This can be more easily said than done though and the Mental Health Foundation has drawn together some helpful tips, alongside some stories of those who have experienced loneliness to help.

For more info please visit: Mental Health Foundation’s website >

Please feel free to contact Rainbow today if this is something that may be affecting you.

The link between sleep deprivation and mental health

The link between sleep deprivation and mental health

It’s not just new parents and night shift workers who may feel sleep deprived. For many, suffering with poor sleep or insomnia can be a hidden and debilitating struggle. And a link has now been found between sleep issues and mental health.

The link between sleep deprivation and mental healthPoor sleep can affect an individual in many ways: difficulty getting to sleep, early waking, nightmares and problems staying asleep as examples.

A new study from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health used a cross-sectional of 89,205 participants from the UK Biobank. The study demonstrates that people diagnosed with mental health conditions often have worse sleep quality and also that poor sleep can impact mental health. It’s not yet clear if one causes the other and if so, which one comes first so to speak. An interesting observation of the study found that sleep deprivation increases inflammation in the body, and inflammation is connected to stress.

Check out this article from the UK Therapy Guide for more observations on the study, including some tips for practicing good ‘sleep hygiene’ as recommended by the researchers in the study.

If you would like to book an appointment with a Rainbow counsellor, please send us a message with a brief explanation of your situation and we will recommend a counsellor to meet your needs.​

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD

Mental Health Awareness: ADHD

ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and describes a condition which affects behaviour. Sufferers can be restless and struggle to focus or concentrate.

Mental Health Awareness: ADHDADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, but more recently cases of adults being diagnosed have been known.

The symptoms of ADHD can be distressing, especially if you haven’t yet been diagnosed. It’s common to experience secondary mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety as a result of this.

The causes of ADHD aren’t fully known but it is known to be affected by brain chemistry and likely genetics too. It’s important to get support as a sufferer and treatment can include medication and/or therapy for children and adults.

Check out this article by the Mental Health Foundation to find out more about ADHD. And as always don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Rainbow for support – perhaps you are a sufferer or you may be affected by ADHD in another way e.g. as a parent or friend of a sufferer. It’s important to know you are supported too!

Mental Health Awareness: Panic Attacks

Mental Health Awareness: Panic Attacks

We stumbled across this great article at the Counselling Directory and thought it was worth sharing as it describes panic attacks so well, including what happens in the brain.

Mental Health Awareness: Panic AttacksMany people suffer from panic attacks, and the experience can be more intense than generalised anxiety, the article describes them as an ‘explosion of anxiety’. Most attacks last between 5 and 20 minutes, though they can go on for longer.

It’s important to note that some symptoms of panic attacks can be similar to those such as a heart attack so it’s important to get help and seek appropriate medical advice.

Various tips and techniques are included for things that may help. These include relaxation, breathing techniques and carrying around something that might help to calm, focus and ground you when a panic attack arises.

For more info visit the Counselling Directory article >

Please contact Rainbow Counselling to access further support.

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stress

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stress

BACP member Michelle Seabrook explores how the unrelenting uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and its impact on workplace pressures has led to high levels of burnout amongst workers.

Pandemic: The perfect ‘cocktail’ for burnout and stressIn the article Michelle looks at how this ‘recipe’ for stress has been escalated by remote working, sometimes increased workloads and no sense of when it will end. She argues that stress can often be coped with better when it has a defined end-point. The pandemic has impacted the whole of our lives, not just our work, but that this in turn is something that can impact our ability to cope with work, be that in a paid role or as a student or homemaker.

Check out the article here for a further exploration of the topic.

Please contact Rainbow Counselling to access further support.