The Therapy Company provides support to students affected by Hurricane Irma.
Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last autumn, more than 700 students and staff from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in Sint Maarten arrived in Preston last October to continue their studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).
AUC students utilised the University’s academic facilities for teaching, and students and staff have been accommodated in numerous halls of residence and houses within Preston City Centre. To assist some of the students experiencing trauma from the hurricane, as we all cope with exam stress and adjust to life in Preston, The Therapy Company has been providing counselling services to a number of AUC students. Their work complements AUC’s own wellness services, providing students and faculty with comprehensive support.
A team of 4 counsellors from The Therapy Company who specialise in providing a range of treatments from qualified therapists covering the whole spectrum of mind, body and wellbeing, have treated 22 individuals from AUC, dealing with a range of psychological issues over the course of numerous therapy sessions.
Diane Ogden, Director at The Therapy Company commented, “We’re delighted to have been selected by UCLan to support the students from AUC. We have utilised a range of support mechanisms such as counselling, trauma therapy (EMDR) and cognitive behaviour therapy to help them overcome the stress they are experiencing. We have been accommodated by UCLan at their premises, and AUC team have been very understanding and appreciative of our input.”
Professor Mike Thomas, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, commented, “The huge logistical feat of evacuating the students and university staff was organised in just nine days and came about because of the AUC’s links with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS trust, where it sends students on work placements each year. It has been a real privilege to be able to assist the displaced students and their families and enable them to continue their medical studies.”
The Therapy Company will continue to provide counselling services until the spring/summer when AUC plans to fully return to the Caribbean.
We’re pleased to be supporting Time to Talk Day 2018.
It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health, but the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives.
Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.
Learning a few things about mental health problems might help you to feel more confident about talking and listening. There are many myths about mental health – click HERE to find out more.
So, wherever you are and whoever you are with, start a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
Find out more about Time to Talk Day 2018 at Time to Talk.
Improve your mental health
Going for a walk has always been regarded as one of the best ways to relax. Now a study has shown that for city-dwellers exposure to trees, the sky and birdsong is also beneficial for mental wellbeing.
Researchers at King’s College London teamed up with landscape architects J & L Gibbons and art foundation Nomad Projects to use smartphone-based technology to assess the relationship between nature in cities and momentary mental well-being in real time.
They found that being outdoors – seeing trees, hearing birdsong, and seeing the sky – and feeling in contact with nature were associated with higher levels of mental well-being. Additionally, the beneficial effects of nature were especially evident in people at greater risk of mental health issues.
For more information click here
If you’re considering any counselling or therapy to help you achieve your goals for the New Year ahead, these myths may help you decide how to proceed.
The theme for 2017 is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’.
Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year.
• 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
• One in 5 people take a day off work due to stress. • A quarter of people considering resigning due to stress.
• 56% of UK adults said they would not employ someone with depression, even if they were the best candidate
for the job.
• 67% of employees feel scared, embarrassed or unable to talk about mental health concerns with their employer.
• 37% of men are feeling worried or low, yet their wives, partners and friends may have no idea.
Worrying statistics, yet there is so much we can do.