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Chrysalis Courses Reports On Mental Health Meeting in Reading

Chrysalis Courses reports on the growing awareness throughout the UK on the growing impact on mental health and this was highlighted at a meeting that took place in Reading.

The youth cabinet in Reading attended a meeting where two of their members Jen Young and Connor Nolan made a presentation to experts in education and in mental health from both the Council and the NHS.

Since 2012 the youth cabinet have been campaigning on a variety of different issues within mental health, including influencing changes to council improvement plans, holding an event last November and a new mental health treaty which four new schools have signed up to.

What have the youth cabinet got planned this year?

  1. Identifying gaps in service provision
  2. Ensuring an awareness of and accessibility to existing services
  3. Supporting initiatives such as the School Link project
  4. Continued work around the Mental Health Treaty

Chrysalis Courses believes in the work that the youth cabinet is undertaking but it does ask the question why the youth cabinet in Reading are having to work so hard in making sure that the provision is available?

This is because there is a shortage in counsellors both paid and volunteer, Chrysalis Courses students who are completing the Chrysalis Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, have access to a wide range of placement providers, including Place2Be, who work within schools offering counselling to both pupils and their parents.

If a counselling course is something you are considering then please visit


Referenced Article by Linda Fort.

Chrysalis Courses Spring 2016 Start Dates

In this blog we will be adding start dates for your Chrysalis Course. We will be adding start dates as they come out so if you can’t see the start date for your closest venue please keep checking back. This has been updated on 23rd Feb 2016, there are only a few start dates left to go and these will be released very soon.

Belfast – Saturday 14th May 2016

Birmingham – Sunday 1st May 2016

Cardiff – Saturday 14th May 2016

Chelmsford – Saturday 7th May 2016

Glasgow  – Saturday 14th May 2016

Guildford – Sunday 5th June 2016

Hitchin – Saturday 14th May 2016

Leeds – Saturday 21st May 2016

Liverpool – Sunday 1st May 2016

London – Sunday 1st May 2016

Maidstone – Saturday 28th May 2016

Manchester – Sunday 15th May 2016

Newcastle – Sunday 29th May 2016

Northampton – Saturday 7th May 2016

Norwich – Saturday 28th May 2016

Nottingham – Saturday 28th May 2016

Oxford – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Reading – Saturday 28th May 2016

Southampton – Saturday 4th June 2016

Worthing – Saturday 28th May 2016

If you have wondered what it is like to study with Chrysalis Courses then watch David’s story below, i am sure it will increase your enthusiasm for your first day this Spring.

Take that step

StepsHave you had your ‘aha’moment yet? That moment when you realised that it was time to take that ‘step’? Step, what step? That step, the one that takes you out of your comfort zone.   That possibly very scary first step. When did you realise, when you heard the Chrysalis advert, when you signed up for the course, on your first day, sometime after that? Maybe for some of you, you have not had it yet, but it will come. Continue reading

The History of Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week began in 2000. During this first nationwide campaign people where surveyed about their experiences of stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health issues. Not surprisingly, 15 years ago, 70% of respondents had experienced some discrimination. There was still a calculable taboo around mental health as well with 66% of people not wanting to tell anyone of their inner turmoil. Continue reading

Talking Therapy and the Misconceptions

Psychology has been studied for a long time, centuries even, yet there are still many misconceptions about how and why talking therapy works.


For many people talking therapy has been quite literally a life saver and been a way to work through depression, anxiety and other psychological issues. However, there is still a cluster of people that believe talking therapy is self-indulgent and even an excuse to just talk about yourself for an hour.


There are the other group of people who think medication is the only answer and anything could be fixed with a pill a day. It saves time and the patients’ money perhaps? Medication can go some way to resolving psychological issues for sure, but there is a lot to be said about life experiences and how they have affected your life and perhaps the cause of some of the psychological issues.


It is for this reason that talking therapy remains so important and supporting people who want therapy or even training to deliver therapy is a top priority.


It was thought in the 90’s, as Prozac became more and more popular, that this was a miracle pill for treating depression. But this wasn’t exactly the case and the reality was much more complicated. There is no doubt that for many the medication worked and it worked, or is working, well, but others reacted differently. Research went on to show that those people benefitted more from talking therapy than medication. In fact a study last year cited in The Lancet, a medical journal, used 13,000 patients and found that talking therapy was more effected overall for long-term social anxiety disorder.


Therapy not only helps your mental health, it can have huge benefits to your physical health which has been proved to be linked together. It can include benefits from reducing pains to sleeping better. An Australian journal has even gone so far as to advise cognitive behavioural therapy being the primary treatment for those suffering with insomnia.


As well as the benefits of therapy whilst you are in the process there are also ongoing benefits upon completion of the course. Many individuals seek help for a specific issue and work through it to move on. After a certain amount of sessions, everyone will take a different amount; they may have more a grasp on the issue. Therefore the negative circumstances faced that were causing the problem are no longer there, they have changed and are not just been covered up.


You can train to be a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor or Hypnotherapist with Chrysalis Not For Profit Ltd and increase the amount of therapists available out there to the millions in need.

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