A person who is considered `mentally healthy` is someone who can cope with the normal stresses of life and carry out the usual activities they need to in order to look after themselves, can realise their potential, and make a contribution to their community. However, mental health or sense of `wellbeing` doesn`t always stay the same and can change in response to circumstances and stages of life.
Everyone will go through periods when they feel emotions such as stress and grief, but symptoms of mental illnesses last longer than normal and are often not a reaction to daily events. When these symptoms become severe enough to interfere with a person`s ability to function, they may be considered to have a significant psychological or mental illness.
Mental health disorders are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not just in the UK, but around the world. Experts say we all have the potential for suffering from mental health problems, no matter how old we are, whether we are male or female, rich or poor, or ethnic group we belong to.
• Around 25% of people in the UK will experience some form of mental health disorder in any given year with depression affecting a massive 20% of our population.
• It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem
• In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK
• Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain
• In the UK over one quarter of a million people are admitted into psychiatric hospitals each year
• UK statistics show than more than 4,000 people a year commit suicide.
• The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem, and depression will be the single biggest health burden on society both economically and sociologically.
• Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide.
Massage therapy can help manage the overwhelming symptoms of anxiety and depression. Without doubt, as a massage therapist you will come across many clients presenting with mental health issues, but you need to be equipped to deal with it. If you are, the help and support you will be able to offer these clients will be invaluable. You can truly make a difference.
Join us on this useful mental health workshop where we will explore the nature of depression and anxiety and the way they complicate your massage clients’ lives and health, as well as how massage therapy can help manage the symptoms.