New Mental Health Recovery Plan launched to help combat the mental health impact of the pandemic

New Mental Health Recovery Plan launched to help combat the mental health impact of the pandemic

A range of mental health issues are to be targeted by the new plan that is being rolled out by the government in the face of the surge in mental health support required as a result of the events of the last year.​

Mental Health Recovery PlanThe plan, published in March this year, aims to specifically target those who may have been most affected, such as young people and frontline workers.

The NHS will be expanding its IAPT service with an additional £38 million backing from the government to target a range of issues such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. Specialist therapists will also be trained for more complex work or severe mental illness.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “As part of our response to this global pandemic we not only want to tackle the public health threat of coronavirus but ensure our clinicians have the resources to deal with the impact on people’s mental health.”

Check out www.Gov.uk’s web page > which offers more information about the support which will be being offered.

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

New service rolled out by NHS to support the mental health of mothers

New service rolled out by NHS to support the mental health of mothers

New, expectant or bereaved mothers are to be offered mental health help and support through new hubs being set up by the NHS across the country.

A range of help will be available as part of the NHS Long Term Plan and support will include help for PTSD following childbirth, childbirth fears and a wide range of mental health issues which may affect this time in a mother’s life.

NHS England Chief Exec Simon Stevens said: “The pregnancy and birth of a new child are a special time for families but if things go wrong it can have a huge impact on women, their partners and even other children”.

Find out more at the NHS article here >

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

Campaigning for mental health support following Coronavirus

Campaigning for mental health support following Coronavirus

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in conjunction with 25 professional partners and supported by a host of professionals in the mental health field, has spearheaded a campaign for urgent mental health care as the impact of the coronavirus and lockdown takes its toll on our country.

BACP’s CEO, Haydn Williams reports on the progressing campaign: “Through our campaign we’ve already secured excellent support and buy-in from politicians across the parliaments of the four nations.”

Many will be aware that because of this current climate demand for mental health services will be increasing, not least because of the impact of greater loneliness, grief, sickness and loss of income to name just a few issues.

Check out BACP’s news articles on their website to find out more about how the campaign has been progressing over the last few weeks, since it was first launched in the early days of lockdown. And if you are a mental health professional you can follow the links to add your voice to the campaign by writing to your MP >

Read more from BACP >

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Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdown

Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdown

Disturbing figures show that whilst other crimes such as knife crime and burglary have gone down during lockdown, domestic violence has increased.

Domestic Abuse disturbingly on the rise amidst the lockdownAn article by the Guardian updates us on a project which has recorded more than double the average amount of domestic abuse related killings in this time.

Domestic abuse is a sad reality and exists in almost every culture, class and background and against men and women. It takes a huge amount of courage to speak out if this is something that you have been facing, and sometimes it is hard to even accept that that is exactly what is happening.

Do any of the following apply to you?

Do you change your behaviour because you are afraid of your partner’s reaction?
Is your partner jealous and possessive?
Do you feel like you are walking on egg shells?
Do you feel controlled, or isolated?

If so, you may be a victim of domestic abuse.

We have put together some useful helplines and websites for those who may be suffering in this way. And of course here at Rainbow our team of counsellors can help you to work through some of the issues related to this as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Helplines:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline, visit: www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk  0808 2000 247

Women’s Aid, visit: www.womensaid.org.uk

The Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428

Relevant Source: Domestic abuse killings ‘more than double’ amid Covid-19 lockdown  | The Guardian >

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