Each year the World Health Organization recognises World Mental Health Day on October 10th. This year, the World Federation for Mental Health has decided on a theme of ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.

Woman practicing mindfulnessHowever, no matter what our age, it’s just as important to look after our mental health as it is our physical health.

Taking the time to nurture our mental health on a day-to-day basis can help prevent problems arising in the future. Also, seeking help for mental health problems when they do arise can be enormously beneficial, while trying to hide them and hope they will go away is likely to have the opposite effect. At Archway Health Hub, our practitioners offer a wide range of services to help alleviate the symptoms of and treat the root cause of many different types of mental health problems.

Talking therapy with Nicola Flinn

Nicola uses her extensive experience as a British Psychological Society chartered psychologist to work with people suffering from anxiety and depression. Her specialist area of expertise is helping couples facing problems in their relationships and people who are dealing with grief or addiction problems. Anxiety, depression and other mental health issues can arise both as a result of a specific problem such as the breakdown of a marriage or for no discernible reason at all. Either way, Nicola’s empathetic approach to psychotherapy, which is often referred to as the ‘talking cure’, can help you find a way forward that will work for you.

Support for young people with Dr Diane Lewis

Child, Family and Educational psychologist Dr Diane Lewis trained at the globally acclaimed Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where she gained valuable experience in the clinical team of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. As the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day demonstrates, stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health problems are a bigger issue than ever for young people. Indeed, recent research from Psychological Medicine found that mental health problems in young people in England have increased six-fold since 1995. Many of the children and teenagers Diane treats have faced issues including bereavement, family breakdown, early trauma or issues with social interaction. However Diane’s family-focused approach to treatment can help the whole family resolve a mental health problem for a young person in their care across a wide range of issues.

Hypnotherapy and mind coaching with Terri Richmond

Terri Richmond’s enduring fascination with how the mind controls performance and how the body works led her to specialising in working with athletes, in particular dancers and riders in order to tackle mental blocks to optimising performance.  Her strongly scientific background includes experience in both the NHS and the independent healthcare sector, including psychiatric hospitals. Terri also applies her professional skills to help those with dealing with anxiety, lack of confidence, performance issues, pain and grief relating to all areas of life. She also has an excellent track record when it comes to helping people deal with emotional eating and stopping smoking.

Living in the moment with Alec Welton

Archway owner Alec Welton’s popular six-week mindfulness-based stress reduction course is designed to tackle the negative effects of stress on our day-to-day lives. The course teaches people how to live in the present without letting concerns about what has happened in the past or might occur in the future impact the here and now. After all the past cannot be changed and the worries we have about the future may not materialise. Even if they do, worrying about them in advance will only increase the stress associated with them. Learning mindfulness often involves undoing the habits of a lifetime, but the good news is that anyone can learn mindfulness techniques and benefit from its hugely positive effects in improving wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety and being able to manage challenging situations better.

Finding the right help for you

When tackling difficult issues that are having a negative impact on your life, it’s important to find a therapist who is the right fit for you. With this in mind, all of our practitioners who offer one-on-one sessions offer a free 20 minute no-obligation consultation. To find out more or to book, please contact reception on 01858 410820.