Month: October 2015 (page 1 of 2)

Children and Hypnotherapy

I had never had much to do with hypnotherapy. When my son started secondary school, he was excited and looking forward to the school that he chose.

He confidently went to school by himself to catch the bus, but after one week at his new school his confidence plummeted and he began to worry about making mistakes, being late and forgetting equipment.

The school were setting out rules and disciplines and my son took everything they said to heart and to the word.

It was heart breaking to say the least, he was crying in the evenings and in the mornings. He was still determined to go to school.  But he was putting himself under so much pressure.

He had to check his bag, equipment and homework several times in evening, laying it out in order across his bedroom, floor. We would then pack it together and I would still have to reassure him on the way to school he hadn’t forgot anything.

Of course I spoke with the school and they were very supportive in helping him settle, but he was the one causing his worry and anxiety.

We then tried hypnotherapy which he was happy to do. To reduce his anxiety, worry and stress about making mistakes and getting it wrong.  He had 4 sessions in total and it was a gradual improvement every week…….and several weeks after the sessions ended.  He gradually became more confident and gradually started to worry less.  He was given coping methods to breathe and be calm.  I can’t believe the changes in him. He started the sessions in November and when he went back to school in the December he was happy, confident and loving going to school.  A completely different boy!  I cannot remember when he last worried about school, or anything for that matter, this was 2 years ago now. He is a strong, confident, young man now and I am so pleased that we went down the road of hypnotherapy and I would not hesitate to use it for my other children if needed.

Professor Green: Suicide and Me Documentary.

Today I watched the BBC documentary in which Professor Green, real name Stephen Manderson, uncovers the truth behind his fathers suicide and learns the shocking truth about men and mental health along the way.

Professor Green  tells us about how his mother left when he was 1 and his father was in and out of his life, leaving his Nanny Pat to raise him. After a turbulent relationship with his father and at the age of 18 loosing contact with him he felt a lot of anger towards his Dad, having previously idolised him. fast forward 7 years and he tried to reach out to his father, however the talks ended in an argument and with the last word Stephen saying to his dad being ‘I hate you’.

This has now lead Stephen to look back into his fathers life to see what drove him to suicide and look at the help that is available for people suffering with suicidal thoughts.

As we have previously reported, suicide is the biggest killer of men between the ages of 29 and 49. With men accounting for 78% of suicides in 2013 with nearly 5000 deaths a year.

Jane Powell, chief executive of Calm, hopes the documentary will kick-start a wider debate on men’s mental health.

“I think it’s a brilliant film but I would badly like it to be the start of a discussion about how life is for men. We have to give permission for men to say, ‘I don’t know how to go on’, and that not being a criticism of their gender because at the moment it is. For a guy to say ‘I can’t cope’ is to say ‘I’m not a man’ and I think that’s why it’s taken decades for the Department of Health and the media to tackle this.” Manderson challenges that stereotype, she adds. “[He] comes across as being so tough. When guys do tackle things like that, they don’t come across as being weak at all.”

A quite that stuck with me in the documentary and that I think is a good point to focus on is:

It’s the stigma that surrounds it that makes it all the tougher to deal with

It is time to end the stigma, time and time again it is talked about and now I think it is the time that we need to really work hard to get people talking and really decrease the number of suicides that are happening.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 08457 90 90 90 in the UK. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is on 1 800 273 8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14

You can watch the documentary on BBC iPlayer

Chrysalis Courses looks at the effect your diet can have on your state of mind

Chrysalis Courses Karen Ferguson, Head of Hypnotherapy, has been looking into the effect your diet can have on your state of mind.

Did you know that your diet and even your gut health can effect your state of mind?  Believe it or not, it appears to be  true.

As study that took place in 2013 at UCLA seems to have proved that our diet really changes how we feel.  It was shown that our diet can effect not only our emotions but also those areas of the brain involved in sensory processing.

The study went on to show those people who are a high vegetable, fiber based diet had a difference in their gut environment than those who ate a diet higher in both fat and carbohydrates.

So it seems to be true, at least to some extent, that we really are what we eat.

Perhaps then it makes sense that if your mood and ability to process certain information is poor, maybe a change of diet is the first thing you could try in order to help yourself.

It was also stated in the Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility (December 2011) that certain good bacteria has been found to help normalise anxiety-like behaviour in mice, whilst another good bacteria was found to lower the stress induced hormone corticosterone, reducing anxiety and depression related behaviour.

Whilst I am not suggesting we are all mice, it does seem that there is evidence to suggest that a healthier diet, and therefore a healthier gut really can help our mood and state of mind.

No need to rush off and find a dietitian, although I am sure one could help, but if you are suffering from stress, anxiety or a low mood for periods of time, perhaps it is time to look at your diet.  You could keep a food diary and see if there is any link between how you feel and what you have been eating.

After all, wouldn’t it be fantastic if you were able to make a real difference to your life simply by making a few simple changes to your diet?

Chrysalis Courses Investigates the ShameOver initiative.

Here at Chrysalis Courses we have talked about mental health in men many time previously. We have now seen the Huffington Post have an initiative called the ShameOver. Its all about getting men to talk about their mental health.

Talking about mental health is just the first step. Stamping out the stigma that can be associated with mental health issues. This can create negative stereotypes. For men, talking about mental health can be particularly challenging.

Approximately 6 million American men have depression each year, yet research shows many are reluctant to disclose their mental illness symptoms and are averse to seeking treatment. This is a dangerous trend considering mental health issues have the potential to lead to suicide — an act that results in more than 40,000 deaths in the United States each year.

Head over to The Huffington Post to see what they have been doing to encourage men to talk about their mental health.


World Mental Health Day 2015

Saturday 10th October marks World Mental health day 2015. The theme for this years World Mental health day is ‘Dignity in mental health’.

Even today there are thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their humans rights because of their mental health issues. Although there is no discrimination, they are subject to emotional and physical abuse not only in the community, but shockingly in mental health organisations too. This is due to lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities.

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, observed on 10 October, is “Dignity in mental health”. This year, WHO will be raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.

Closer to home in the UK we also want to make people aware of how they can help friends & family members who may be suffering from mental health issues and to fights the stigmata that is associated with it.

A recent survey asked how people felt when talking about their mental health or supporting a friend. While many of us feel comfortable talking about it, 28% worried it would make them feel uncomfortable.

“There doesn’t have to be grand gestures in supporting a loved one with a mental health problem. There are times when I haven’t heard from my friend for a few days, I’ll just send her a text to let her know that I’m thinking of her.”

Small actions like this, although they may seem insignificant to you, could be just what a friend or family member needs.

Below is an extract from

The problem

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.

But an ill-informed and damaging attitude among some people exists around mental health that can make it difficult for some to seek help. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the UK receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.

How can we challenge this?

We are confronting this stigma through facts. Facts that help us understand patterns of mental health problems, their causes and solutions. Facts that help us break down barriers in seeking help and support. We have produced an updated Fundamental Facts with the aim of distributing it to the widest audience possible.

What is long-term answer?

At the heart of Fundamental Facts is a focus on prevention, because the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it from happening in the first place. For example, by providing the right information, guidance and support in childhood and adolescence, the chances of developing mental health problems can be reduced for millions of people over a lifetime.

This focus on prevention is in part about what we can all do to safeguard our wellbeing, but is also about tackling the social and economic inequalities that can lead to a higher prevalence of mental health problems.

How can you help?

This October please help us by sharing Fundamental Facts on social media with family, friends and colleagues.

We believe that effectively supporting people experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Stigmatising and discriminatory treatment can be particularly distressing when a person is experiencing a health crisis.

We all have mental health and by failing to treat people with mental health problems with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that everyone takes steps to safeguard their wellbeing and to seek help, as it can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.





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