How To Keep Your Mind Healthy In Old Age

While mental health is discussed a lot in regards to younger people in society, many practitioners require therapy rooms in central London to meet with and help the older generation. With old age, there comes a new set of rules to try and live by to keep your mind healthy and happy – take a look at these tips.

Exercise is great for your mental health and can improve your mood almost instantly. When you work out, your body produces hormones which make you feel happier called endorphins. If you are over 65 then you can still carry out lightweight exercise and if you are able to a 20 minute walk two or three times a week will be great for your mood.

If you have a medical condition this can come with its up and downs, managing it day to day. However, if your condition relies upon a device or product to live normally then investing in a good quality product that’s a trusted brand can offer you comfort, and improve your mood by giving you peace of mind.

If you are having internal struggles and don’t have anyone to talk to about these then a great way to offload and free your mind is writing down your thoughts on paper, by doing this you’ll find the process cathartic and may relieve the stresses you’re feeling.

As well as taking part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle, eating well is also just as important, as what you eat can greatly affect your mood. If you choose to eat unhealthy fast foods which contain lots of sugars and carbohydrates these can make you feel sluggish and less energetic. Including lots of healthy options such as lean meats, fish, wholegrains and lots of fresh vegetables will make you feel your best.

Growing Number Of Children Suffering Mental Health Problems

Children in primary schools are increasingly suffering from a range of mental health problems, including depression, panic attacks and self-harming, research from the NASUWT teaching union has found.

The Daily Mail highlighted the survey, which revealed that one in seven teachers have noticed that mental health cases affect children aged four to seven, while over a quarter reported such issues among seven to 11 year olds.

Chris Mcgovern, from the Campaign for Real Education, said that technology is playing a part, and that children are “addicted to technology and introspection”. He also told the newspaper that “this is a symptom of our society and the malevolent influence of social media sites.”

General secretary of the NASUWT Chris Keates said that teachers have never had to cope with “such a complex range of pupil welfare issues” as they do now, adding that the problems being faced are compounded because funding cuts mean there is less access to external support.

In fact, 64 per cent of the teachers surveyed stated that they weren’t sure they would receive “timely support” from a specialist service.

More worryingly, 96 per cent of the respondents  to the research revealed that they come into contact with students suffering from mental health issues. 92 per cent said that pupils are having panic attacks or experiencing anxiety, while 80 per cent stated that youngsters are suffering from depression.

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Strictly Come Dancing Judge Reveals Anxiety Issues

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas might come across as being strong and confident. However, the dancing star has revealed her secret battles with anxiety, showing that everyone can suffer from mental health issues, no matter who they are.

The judge spoke to Top Sante about her experience with anxiety, which peaked two years ago when she “wasn’t in a great place”.

Ballas explained that she battles with anxiety daily, although she now uses meditation to manage it. These include meditating and taking time for controlled breathing, which helped when she started her judging role on the TV show as she was “as nervous as the celebrities”.

The ballroom dancer – who has earned the nickname The Queen of Latin due to her many championship titles in the International Latin dancing division – has plenty of experience with mental health issues. In 2003, her brother David committed suicide at just 44 years old.

Speaking about the heart-breaking incident, she told the magazine: “People get embarrassed about admitting they feel low but you can’t help the way you feel.”

As a result, Shirley, together with her son Mark, set up The Ballas Foundation, which aims at encouraging people suffering from mental health issues to talk about how they feel. It also helps raise awareness of the problem and gives sufferers resources they can use to help manage their feelings.

The Ballas Foundation intends to re-educate the public about suicide, and inspire people to get involved in helping with this cause by speaking publicly themselves.

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Website Launched To Help Men With Mental Health Problems

Men who suffer from mental health issues are more unlikely to seek help than women, which is why a new website has been launched to give them the support they need.

Three friends from Norfolk – Richard Crisp, Paul Charnock and Stuart Walton – have founded the website Man Stress after suffering from mental health problems themselves in the past, the Eastern Daily Press reported.

The site enables visitors to post articles, find out the latest mental health news, learn about events going on nearby and get details of organisations that can help.

Mr Crisp told the news provider: “We will write openly and honestly about our own mental health struggles and invite others to contribute anonymously or openly.”

He added the site hopes to “offer solutions through the experiences of others for longer-term recuperation and recovery from mental health issues, written in layman terms”.

The friends decided to create the website because they appreciated that men find it hard to talk openly about their problems, which can result in their issues escalating and becoming more serious.

Instead, by looking at the webpage, guys can contribute “without fear of ridicule, derision or stigmatisation”.

As well as post stories about their own experiences with stress, anxiety and depression, Man Stress enables readers to leave comments, thereby opening up the conversation about the topic of mental health issues.

Of course, it is not just men who fail to get the support they need, and the Care Quality Commission recently revealed young people find it difficult to access mental health help. This, it found, was due to staff working long hours and being under-resourced.

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Children And Teenagers Struggling To Get Mental Health Support

Many young people around the UK are not able to access the mental health support they need, a new report has found.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was asked to review mental health services for children and young people across the country by the prime minister, and has just released its findings.

After speaking to staff, children and other young people who needed mental health support, their families and carers who use the services, the organisation concluded that the system is complicated, which is making it difficult for young people to access the help they need.

The CQC stressed that many of the staff working in children’s mental health are caring and provide excellent support to those they work with, but added that they work long hours and are under resourced, a situation it described as unsustainable.

It has made a series of recommendations, including urging the secretary of state for health and social care to make young people’s mental health a national priority.

“Things need to change at the top, so those working with children and young people have the support they need to be able to provide the best care,” the CQC stated.

Councillor Richard Watts, chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said that measures to deal with the issues in children and young people’s mental health care were “long overdue”.

“This report reinforces the urgent need to support children and families in desperate need of help,” he added.

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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.