Our perception on mental health and wellbeing has changed considerably over the years, but have we found the best solution, or is there a change coming that could change the way we talk about, deal with and view mental illness?
Following years of research, different types of therapies have appeared in a hope to ‘treat’ mental illnesses, ranging from behavioural therapies such as; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Therapy (REBT) to antidepressants and antipsychotics, all completely dependent on the individual as to the help they can do.
But there is a social movement growing which is facing mental health, social care and public sector systems, with the idea that these areas need to be reformed, by changing the way we understand and respond to distress.
We are all unique - so isn’t it about time that we acknowledge that the way to aid recovery could be down to the individual themselves?
Platfform, a mental health and social change charity based in Wales are a part of this movement, adopting a new attitude towards the support and ongoing care they provide. They focus on working with individuals in finding ways they can manage their mental health, in order to reach a point of sustainable wellbeing.
And this research goes much further than direct relationships with individuals, Platfform established Breathe, who offer counselling and training based on research led solutions, focusing on workplace wellbeing. With the cost on the global economy reaching US$ 1 trillion each year, due to lost productivity as a result of depression and anxiety disorders, it’s clear this an area of international concern.
We're all for radical changes to areas that could make a real difference to how mental wellbeing is understood and therefore adapted solutions for individuals!