We are social beings who feel better when we connect with other people.
– John dawson, bacp, therapist, ph7 wellbeing centre
Raising awareness for better mental health has been a hot topic in the past couple of years. Conversations across the media culminated in the Duke of Cambridge launching the ‘Mental Health at Work’ campaign last year, a huge step to highlight this important issue. But is it enough to make a lasting change? How can you make sure your workplace is doing all it can to support staff?
According to Mind, 56% of employers said they would like to do more to improve staff wellbeing but don’t feel they have the right training or guidance. Thankfully, PH7 Health is committed to improving all aspects of workplace wellbeing with our dedicated training courses that are ideal for managerial and those in HR. Our courses provide learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.
Expert advice from John Dawson – How can therapy help depression?
There are different approaches to treating depression. Counselling is helpful in that it allows a person to explore the underlying causes of depression. This may include struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, a prolonged period of stress, or struggling to adjust to changes in life. It also provides the opportunity to explore the impact depression is having on day to day life. John says there are things we can do to start to bring ourselves out of depression. One of these is to start to have contact with other people. We are social beings who feel better when we connect with other people. Over time, isolation from others contributes to us feeling low in mood. Recognition is also important. Being recognised by others for who we are as a person can help improve our own sense of wellbeing. Passion is very important in keeping us mentally well. When we lose our passion for life, this has a huge impact on our wellbeing. Passion for life is what gives us a purpose for life and for living. Depression impacts on all these aspects of our life to some extent or another. Counselling can help explore these in more depth and how you can start to improve on these, so you can start to feel better.
Meet John Dawson
John has been a therapist for over 15 years and is a Registered member of BACP. He has trained in a variety of modalities and is currently undergoing advanced training in Psychotherapy. He has worked in centres that specialise in treatment for addiction, as well as in the NHS treating clients who suffer with a variety of issues. John runs a private practice at PH7 Wellbeing Centre offering individual therapy for people suffering from a range of issues, these include: anxiety, depression, loss/bereavement, sexual abuse, stress related issues and difficulties in adjusting to life changes.
PH7 Health is here to help your workplace adopt a healthier mental health culture. We offer 2-day training for staff, 24/7 support and bespoke extras to ensure staff feel valued. Don’t underestimate the power of health.