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How Therapy Rooms Can Help To Tackle Gaming Addiction

Many young people have – and will – continue to find plenty of time to invest in their favourite video games. In fact, some will even choose to make it a lifestyle choice and are able to play with anyone from around the world. Whether you’re in Birmingham or London, therapy rooms could prove to be an effective method of tackling gaming addiction.

The World Health Organization recognised gaming disorder for the first time as a mental health condition at the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, the BBC reports.

Dr Richard Graham, who is a lead technology addiction specialist at the Nightingale Hospital, commented: “It is significant because it creates the opportunity for more specialised services. It puts it on the map as something to take seriously.”

There is an important theme to Dr Graham’s remarks, especially in the way that gaming might not be taken seriously as an issue that relates to mental health. It’s easy to trivialise games as a boy’s hobby or something that only children play, but it has a far-reaching influence that most people would not give it credit for.

Case in point: the Daily Telegraph reported on how France forward Antoine Griezmann chose to celebrate his goal against Croatia in the World Cup final with the ‘Take the L’ dance from Epic Games’ popular Fortnite title.

No matter where you look, gaming’s influence continues to reach audiences across the world. Dr Graham added that while some people would disagree with it being labelled as a condition as it could “lead to confused parents whose children are just enthusiastic gamers”, it remains an important time to bring it to the forefront of conversations and help those who suffer from the addiction.

Renowned Fashion Designer Dies In Apparent Suicide

Kate Spade, the acclaimed fashion designer behind Kate Spade New York, has died aged 55 in an apparent suicide, found by her housekeeper who arrived at her apartment on Park Avenue to find her unresponsive.

According to the BBC, a statement was released by the family that said how devastated they all are by the tragedy, going on to say: “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.” A note had apparently been left by the designer, but its contents have not been discussed by police.

Whenever someone high profile is in the news for this kind of situation, it can really shine a light on what is a very difficult subject – but one that can affect everyone at any time of their lives. If you are feeling suicidal yourself, don’t bottle your emotions up and seek help from somewhere. Remember that you don’t have to deal with your feelings on your own and there are lots of places you can go for help.

There are numerous free helplines that can be used in an emergency but seeing a therapist regularly could also be particularly useful. You should also tell friends and family how you’re feeling as they will also be able to give you the support you need and help to keep you safe.

It might also be a good idea to come up with your own suicide safety plan, which your therapist will be able to help you with. Include information about when to use it, writing down the thoughts and warning signs that can result in you feeling suicidal – and write down steps you can take that will be both calming and comforting to you.

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Mental Health Staff Having To Help With Non-Health Problems

Staff working with mental health patients have reported that they spend a considerable amount of their time helping people deal with non-health-related issues, and that this is affecting their treatment for their mental health conditions.

A survey conducted by Citizens Advice among practitioners who deliver the NHS Talking Therapies programme found that 80 per cent of those questioned said that helping their patients deal with practical problems led to less clinical time to deliver treatments.

The most common issues they were assisting with were debt and money issues, unemployment and work, and housing and welfare.

Nearly all the staff surveyed – 98 per cent – said that they’d spent time talking to a patient about non-health problems during a consultation in the past month.

If you rent therapy rooms in London you may have encountered a similar issue when you’re seeing patients.

Chief executive of Citizens Advice Gillian Guy stressed that something needs to be done to help already stretched mental health professionals deal with their workloads and offer the right support to patients.

She noted that issues surrounding debt or housing can have a negative impact on someone’s mental health, which only makes the problems they’re facing worse.

“To reduce pressure on frontline NHS staff and better support people with mental health problems, advice services should be available in mental health settings as a matter of course,” Ms Guy stated.

Last month, one HR professional suggested that employers should be doing more to protect their workers’ mental health, and that this should be considered just as important as someone’s physical safety in a workplace.

BMA Highlights Mental Health Treatment Delays

Delays to people receiving treatment for mental health conditions in the UK are having a devastating impact on wellbeing, and in many cases it’s impossible to know how long patients are waiting for treatment.

This is according to research conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA), which found that 3,700 patients waited for longer than six months to access talking therapies in 2017. 1,500 people had to wait longer than a year.

The organisation investigated the availability of four common types of therapy – dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy and dynamic psychotherapy.

Researchers found that one of the biggest problems is that many clinical commissioning groups keep no or limited records of waiting times for these kinds of treatments.

High demand for such services coupled with staff shortages and difficulty recruiting suitably qualified therapists have exacerbated the problem.

The BMA revealed that the biggest gap in services is for those with severe mental health conditions – which means those in greatest need.

Dr Andrew Molodynski, BMA mental health policy lead, said: “What is clear is that extra investment is needed and it should be protected, not allowed to be raided to plug gaps in other services.”

Until extra funding is provided – and more therapists and psychologists are employed – people may want to turn to private therapists with therapy rooms in London and elsewhere to get the help they need, if they can afford it.

It isn’t only the NHS that is struggling to provide mental health services in a timely manner. Last month, the Independent revealed that some university students are having to wait up to four months to access the services provided by their educational establishment.

Businesses ‘Should Do More To Protect Employees’ Mental Health’

For many years, organisations have invested in a range of safety measures to ensure we have workplaces that are safe in the physical sense, and now one HR expert has suggested that firms focus just as much attention on improving the mental health of their workers.

Writing for HR Zone, Geoff McDonald pointed out that mental ill health costs UK businesses billions every year. He cited figures from The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, showing that absence as a result of mental health issues costs firms £8.4 billion a year, while reduced productivity at work because of such problems costs £15.1 billion a year.

In addition, it costs companies £2.4 billion a year to replace members of staff who leave their jobs because of mental ill health.

Mr McDonald also noted that more and more employees are looking for jobs with companies that value wellbeing, with one in two people stating that they would think about leaving a firm that didn’t support their personal wellbeing.

He said that given how much of a focus there is on the safety and physical health of workers, it’s time for businesses to realise they need to include mental health in that bracket too.

“Now is the time to give as much attention and investment to the mental wellbeing of people in an ever increasing knowledge economy,” Mr McDonald asserted.

OnRec recently reported on figures from the 2017 Britain’s Healthiest Workplace survey, which showed that time off due to ill health – both physical and mental – as well as presenteeism, costs British businesses £77.5 billion a year, with the average worker losing 30.4 days of productive time a year.

If you’d like to give your employees someone confidential to speak to about any mental health issues they may be facing, consider working with a counsellor who has therapy rooms in London where they will feel comfortable talking about their problems.

Friends Set Up Mental Health Awareness Group

Jordan Mapp, 24, and Billy Webb, 25, have recently set up their own mental health awareness group to give men a place to talk openly and freely about the challenges they’re facing.

The pair told the Express that they were prompted to set up their informal meet-up after a good friend Matt Western-Smith took his own life last year.

Mr Webb explained why they decided to arrange Matt’s Meet Up. “He passed away last year and at the time we didn’t know what was happening with him. It just goes to show that sometimes you don’t know about it until it’s too late,” he said.

While there is always the option of speaking to a trained professional in therapy rooms in London, Mr Mapp and Mr Webb hope that providing an informal outlet where people can just talk will help as well.

They want to provide a “non-judgemental environment” where anyone who comes along can talk about what’s on their mind. The first meet up is planned for 16 January at the Walter Charles Centre in Leicester.

For some people, their mental health can take a dip around Christmas time, with the Huffington Post recently sharing some of the reasons why it can be more difficult at this time of the year. Anxiety, depression and other conditions can be triggered by the likes of money worries, loneliness and the winter weather.

Drinking more at this time of the year, even in a social context, can also make depression worse, while social media can also be a trigger if you’re constantly bombarded with posts about people having the “perfect Christmas”.