It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. Seeing a counselor for issues is great, but without an effective support system outside of the counselor (the best is a healthy family – which alone eliminates a ton of issues), the ability to change can be quite limited, and in many cases, may be impossible.
Look out for Part 2 of this post next week to find out more about the roles of the Approved Mental Health Practitioner, the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Teams, staff at Felindre Ward of Bronllys Hospital, and the Emergency Duty Team of Powys County Council Social Services in relation to Section 136 detentions.
Jane Cooke, Senior Officer, PAVO Mental Health Team, psychotherapist and trainer exploring forms of expression that bypasses a diagnosis in the minds of both client and mental health worker, and leading an investigation of creativity as a tool for encounters at different levels of experience.
The award has been made to Professor Gabby Ivbijaro for his long service to WONCA, including time as the Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, and for his services to mental health services generally, and in particular to mental health services at community level.
Social isolation is a strong risk factor for poor mental health and is experienced by one million older people in the UK. Strengthening positive relationships in later life will help to promote mental health and well-being for all of us. Good personal relationships are vital for mental health and well-being.