Talking about Mental Health

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Post by safetyninja » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:24 pm

My Pesonal opinion on CBT is i feel CBT is used by the NHS because results can be measurable so as it works on statistics so price can can created in line with estimated treatment for recover but in reality i feel people are only better when they become better i am not bad mouthing CBT as i have done training in this field and it is a great model to work from. But there is other approaches apart from a solution based within counselling which many may not be aware of which is the humanistic models such as person centred, Transactional transactional analysis and Gestalt these are great models for people to read and investigate for them selfs.

Hope this can be of some help.

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Post by safetygal » Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:21 pm


I have just caught up on this thread, recently I have become a Mental Health First Aid Instructor,

Initially I wanted to do the course after my partners bout of depression in 2011 which nearly led to him losing his job. I see him go through anxiety with the role on a fairly regular basis and it is not just him but pretty much everyone in his office. I have seen it in the offices and sites I have worked in including having to create a stress assessment and return to work plan for a young lad who had a breakdown at work.

I found the course eye-opening, I learned things I really didn't know about self harm, suicide and depression. I met with a man who was once not unlike many of us who was depressed and was shouted at by a senior in his office so he left to try and attempt suicide.

I have never cried so much on a course before in my life. It was not what I expected, it was so much more.

Some might say but what has it got to do with Health and Safety??? Well its the Health bit for a start, we need to make sure our guys and gals are healthy enough to do the job, if they are not then how can we be sure that they are carrying out the role safely?

Stress, anxiety and depression are the biggest cause of sickness absence in workplaces - but a survey by the BBC found 65% of us feel we can't reveal that mental health issues are the reason for taking time off work - Why? because we are too afraid of the consequences.

I believe that we as Health and Safety Professionals have a duty to work at helping to end the stigma on Mental Ill Health


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Re: Talking about Mental Health

Post by Jack Kane » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:37 pm

It's been quite some time since I posted in this topic and I'd like to share a thought or two about my journey through depression in the hope it helps somebody. It might even help me too, I'm still on my own journey.

I'm in a very different place from the first day I asked for help from the doctor about 8 years ago to where I am now. It wasn't easy asking for help at first, didn't think I needed it, didn't think anybody could do anything to help, but I'm so glad I did take the first step and ask.

Treatment over the years has included doctor appointments, anti-depressants, mood stabilising meds, psychiatrists, mental health key worker, employee assistance programme, CBT with the NHS community hospital and best of all for me, family and friends.

I've just finished my third CBT group, each of those were a couple of hours per weekly session for 5 weeks. They were Managing Depression, Assertiveness & Communication and lastly, My Recovery. Each group had around 10 people, all there with their own mental health illness and on their own journey. Not one person I met fits into any stereotype in the slightest, we are all human and these illnesses are indiscriminate.

I found all sessions fascinating. Looking into why we think the way we do, how thoughts can make us feel so different from one day to the next and how we can actually control those thoughts and feelings to a certain degree. In fact, I fascinate myself :lol:

My message today is that I feel in a much better place than I did before my treatment started 8 years ago. I will still have episodes of depression, but slowly they are becoming less frequent, less debilitating and aren't lasting as long when they do come along.

If you are a bit lost and don't know where to turn and feel like it won't get better, make that huge effort to ask for help from your family, friends, doctor or whoever you can. That first step changes your life for the better.

It's not easy, but it's good to talk.
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