FIVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES YOU CAN GET HELP FOR

STRESS

Workplace stress is on the rise and the WHO have declared the situation to be a “worldwide epidemic” – but most stress is avoidable and treatable without medication.

The Thrive Programme’s Thrive In Business arm has developed training courses that have helped hundreds of people change their approach to work and mental health – and every single participant reports feeling happier, less stressed and a new-found enjoyment of their job.

We’re not reducing their workload – but we are changing their perspective and giving them the tools to cope mentally. Each person has demonstrated that stress isn’t something that happens to you – the individual creates it through a series of unhelpful thinking styles and thought processes.

PTSD

Commonly associated with soldiers and people who have witnessed traumatic events, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is currently affecting about 8% of the American population at any one time (that’s the population of Texas) with a similar distribution world-wide.

That’s a massive amount of people re-living traumatic events and suffering from poor mental health because of it, with an increased risk of suicide and early death.

But, just like lots of other mental health issues, it can be treated without medication or often-uncomfortable exposure or regression therapy, either one-to-one with Consultant or via our book-based courses.

By changing their perspective on a past event and learning how to change their thinking styles, it’s possible to minimise the trauma experienced and develop coping skills so it doesn’t impact negatively on someone’s life. Learning how to be in control of your mental health when you have PTSD is life-changing.

SMOKING 

One of the longest-running programmes at Thrive is our stop smoking course – and it has a 92%-plus success rate at helping people quit without using gum, patches or vaping.

In a nutshell, once someone understands why they smoke and the basis of their addiction, most people find it incredibly easy to give up.

And if you do smoke, you should know that smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the world.

Cynicism is understandable given the widespread belief that smoking is incredibly hard to quit, but ask yourself this: why do most pregnant women find it so easy to quit?

INSOMNIA

A lack of sleep is one of the most widespread symptoms of poor mental health – and a separate condition that impacts the lives of around 10% of the population.

It also costs the US economy, taken as an example, a massive $63-billion a year through absenteeism and presenteeism leading to poor performance, not to mention the cost to the health of the individual.

We often find that treating someone for anxiety, depression or a similar issue also leads to vast improvements in their insomnia – this is because the individual feels in control of their mental health once they’ve learnt a few simple tools and techniques.

So understanding mental health is key to treating most forms of insomnia and many people describe the ability to ‘turn off’ that churn of unhelpful thoughts and emotions when trying to fall asleep as being a turning point in their recovery from anxiety, depression or related conditions.

FLYING

A fear of flying – also known as aviophobia – is one of the most common phobias worldwide with up to 6.5% of the population finding flying really difficult or impossible.

The phobia is often closely related to more general mental health conditions such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder or agoraphobia and leads to individuals suffering from panic attacks, stress and severe anxiety.

Lots of people turn to medication to calm their nerves before boarding – we’ve all seen the packed airport bars before take off regardless of the time of day… how many of these people don’t fancy a 7am vodka and are actually terrified of flying? More than you’d imagine.

Our specialist Fly Happy course teaches how this phobia works and why the individual has this particular perspective on flying, which is actually one of the safest forms of transport you could choose to take you to another country (you’re more likely to die from a bee sting than a plane crash).

Again, once someone has control of their phobia and feels that it isn’t happening to them anymore, then the lightbulb goes on and flying doesn’t feel like a great big scary thing that they can’t control their response to.