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Why do we need to prevent mental ill health?

According to The Mental Health Foundation "Based on the best data that we have, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide and 1 in 6 of us is facing a common mental health problem every week. This is more than 10 million people in the UK. Can our overstretched NHS cope with more than 10 million people asking for clinical help because they are experiencing distress every week? The answer is simply: no.

Hence, we need to do more to prevent such problems in the first instance by taking responsibility for mental health in our workplaces, schools, homes, and those of our communities that have the least power to influence change. Mental health problems can be prevented." Read more . . .

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

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We are not medical or health service organisations or a forum. The information presented on these websites is in no way intended as medical and/or psychiatric advice. It is not provided for the purpose of diagnostics or treating medical and/or psychiatric problems nor is it a substitute for medical and/or psychiatric treatment. A range of appropriate mental health treatments are available on the NHS for issues like Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Depression, Anxiety etc.

Surviving or Thriving? Current levels of good mental health are disturbingly low. The barometer of success of any nation is the health and wellbeing of its people. We have a long way to go before we can say that we are a thriving nation. Although we have made great strides in the health of our bodies and our life expectancy, we now need to achieve the same for the good health of our minds. Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK's mental health 2017

Talking to your GP about your mental health GPs are there to help you with any problem related to your mental health as well as physical health. Please discuss all mental health concerns with your doctor and perhaps enquire if he/she is familiar with Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) as recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). See this page for more information.

Do you need urgent help?

If you are concerned that you are developing a mental health problem you should seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help and are unable to see a GP, you should visit your local A&E or look at the NHS list of Mental Health Helplines for expert advice.

The IAPT programme supports the front-line NHS in implementing The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. It was created to offer patients a realistic and routine first-line treatment, combined where appropriate with medication which traditionally had been the only treatment available. If you are a patient or a potential patient of an NHS IAPT service and have a query or concern about your treatment or options available to you, you should contact your local service, using the contact details that can be found in this link: London NHS IAPT Services.

Action for Happiness New Malden Hub is part of a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society.

We want to see a fundamentally different way of life - where people care less about what they can get just for themselves and more about the happiness of others.

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Tobacco Use and Mental Health

There are many factors determining who does and does not develop mental illnesses like depression. Many believe nicotine is a direct cause of depression. This is due to nicotine’s effects on the dopamine levels in the brain. Nicotine’s relationship to anxiety is similar to its relationship with stress. Anxiety is also a withdrawal symptom that tends to happen within hours of a person’s last cigarette. For heavy smokers, these withdrawal symptoms can occur much earlier.

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Can meditation help with mental illness?

Absolutely. Emotional states such as anxiety, depression, phobias and addictions, all represent a dysfunction of the normal relationship between the original mammalian brain the “emotional” – brain (in anatomical terms, the mid-brain of the amygdala and the thalamus and the limbic system) and the thinking or “logical” brain (anatomically the neocortex).

When suffering from anxiety or depression, especially depression, the individual can appear lifeless but the reality is, there is a lot going on inside that person. Their thoughts and worries are racing at 100 miles per hour and in turn all kinds of stress hormones including cortisol and adrenalin are coursing through their body.

Meditation relaxes the person which engages the rational brain instead of the emotional brain. So, by stopping negative/anxious thoughts, we disengage the emotional brain and we get a more rational or logical perspective on our thought patterns and ultimately the life situation we may be faced with. We also, therefore, reduce the physical effects of these hormones ruminating. The Huffington Post UK

How Does Mindfulness Reduce Depression?

All over the world, research has shown that Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can halve the risk of future clinical depression in people who have already been depressed several times. Its effects seem comparable to antidepressant medications. But how?

In 2007, renowned psychologists John Teasdale, Mark Williams, and Zindel Segan penned the bestseller The Mindful Way Through Depression to explain how bringing awareness to all your activities can battle the blues.

Why is meditation more important than ever?

Emotional illnesses such as anxiety and depression are at a level of epidemic proportions. It is stated that 70 million working days a year are lost to stress-related emotional illnesses such as anxiety. This costs the UK economy more than £1,000 per employee every year – almost £30 billion a year overall – through sickness absence or employees under-performing.

In addition, the cost of these illnesses to the health service alone is estimated at billions of pounds per annum. The UK is not alone – there are roughly 40 million Americans thought to be currently suffering from some form of anxiety.

Can you think back to what was going on five years ago – in the year 2007? It was a year before Apple had launched their App Store, two years before Amazon launched the Kindle and still three years before the iPad. Twitter was handling 100,000 tweets per month (it now handles around 340 million tweets per day) and Facebook was roughly 10% of the size it is today. Technology is rapidly changing the way we live – or should I say, controlling the way we live. The Huffington Post UK

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Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK's mental health ~ Mental Health Foundation 2017

Prioritising wellbeing in schools ~ National Children’s Bureau and Young Minds 2017

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world

The Pursuit of Happiness: A New Ambition for our Mental Health ~ July 2014

Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies ~ July 2014