Benefits of counselling discussed through BBC airwaves on national radio

Benefits of counselling discussed through BBC airwaves on national radio

Johnny Flynn and James O’Brien share their experience of having therapy on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

L:sten in on the BBC Sounds show here > and hear how therapy has benefitted their lives in many ways.

Musician and actor Johnny Flynn and broadcaster and author James O’Brien share their experiences on Radio 4. Both shared a desire to seek out counselling following experiences of attending boarding school amongst other things. Read more from the BAPC article >

Remember if your mental health has been impacted by recent events, we at Rainbow are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us >

The mental health toll of the pandemic

The mental health toll of the pandemic

A huge 75% of us say that our mental health has been impacted by the pandemic. Research from the Public Perceptions Survey found that three quarters of us have been negatively impacted.

The mental health toll of the pandemicMost commonly the separation from friends and family has been a key issue. Other concerns have included fear for the health of loved ones, particularly those vulnerable to Covid-19, feeling isolated and job worries.

More than two thirds of us believe mental health should be prioritised as we recover from the pandemic.

Check out the full article from BACP > including a helpful infographic which highlights some of the key figures from the research. And as always please remember if your mental health has been impacted by recent events, we at Rainbow are here to help.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us >

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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