Every year, on 10 October, the world observes World Mental Health Day, with the aim of raising awareness for mental health issues around the world. According to the World Health Organisaton (WHO), “World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.” 

 

What is Mental Health?

Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Our mental health impacts how we feel, think and act. It also helps to determine how we relate to others, handle stress, and impacts the choices we make. 

Just like any other aspect of our health, mental health is important at every stage of life. Essentially, there is no health without mental health. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

– Biological factors (such as brain chemistry, genes, or family history)

– Life experiences (such as abuse or trauma)

– A traumatic brain injury

– The use of alcohol or recreational drugs

– External factors (such as lack of sleep, anxiety, and stress)

 

While many mental health problems are common, there is hope. With the proper treatment, people suffering from mental health problems can feel better, and in many cases can completely recover.

 

Mental Health Disorders

According to the World Health Organization, “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”

Treatment for mental health problems differs between patients, depending on the severity of their diagnosis. However, as many as two-thirds of individuals with a known mental disorder choose to not seek medical treatment. Most commonly, discrimination, stigma, embarrassment, and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental health disorders.

Common mental health disorders can include one or more of the following:

– Depression

– Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

– Panic disorder

– Social anxiety disorder

– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

– Eating disorders (such as bulimia and anorexia)

 

Mental Health and Wellness

Positive mental health allows people to:

– Reach and live life to their fullest potential

– Deal with the pressures of life

– Work productively

– Create significant contributions to their family, friends, and community

 

Ways to achieve, support, and maintain positive mental health include:

– Seeking professional help if you need it

– Forming meaningful connections with others

– Remaining positive

– Helping others

– Developing coping skills

 

AB Mindworks for Mental Health

Officially recognized in 1955 as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association, hypnotherapy is recognised and celebrated as an essential component of traditional health treatment. By placing the brain in a natural state of heightened awareness and deep relaxation, hypnotherapy can improve mental health by helping an individual understand and change the patterns of behaviour that trigger stress and anxiety. 

Research demonstrates that treating physical and emotional ailments without medication can be achieved through techniques such as hypnosis, mindfulness, and relaxation. Designed to change how you perceive and think, hypnotherapy helps identify the memories held in your mind causing you to experience feelings of panic, anxiety, and fear. 

Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks use hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their habits and behaviours to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, to include sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and more. 

If you are ready to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, schedule your hypnotherapy session today. Together with Annie Browne and her team, you will decide the best course of treatment for your mental health. 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.