Prevention rather than Cure!
Together to Take Action
Blue Talking Therapies are committed to not only treating common mental health problems with the most up-to-date, evidence based interventions but focusing our attention upon strategies to prevent and minimise prevalence. Most recently, we have worked with key establishments to share awareness and create joint strategies to improving health outcome for out future generation. In partnership with Northern Centre for Psychological Therapies Training we are encouraging influencers in this area to join us and work towards better outcome for all.
What We Know…
- Multiple risk factors have a greater impact upon mental illness development.
- Children are most likely to develop a mental health disorder pre 14 years (Kessler et al 2005).
- Advances in neuroscience tells us that the adolescent brain is at its most active and therefore is at its most malleable- Acting early can have a significant impact.
- 20% of adolescents may experience a mental health problem in any given year (WHO 2003)
What we can do…
- We can provide children with practical, educational and social skill for life, but if we miss the emotional understanding we have not completed the job! If we equip ourselves and our environments with understanding from a whole community perspective, we can embed it within our culture from grassroots and prevent it from happening in many cases.
- We can raise awareness and teach strategies for early resilience building and coping strategy enhancement to minimise the effect of risk factors encountered.
- We can provide intervention from a sufficiently early age. Evidence Based Therapy can successfully treat specific mental health conditions or those emerging (Children`s Society 2008).
- By taking a joint commitment we CAN create a mentally healthier future.
The importance of Acting NOW!
As practitioners, we commonly see the impact damage in the adult clients we treat, coming to us with chronic disorders, which although mostly treatable, have often had such a devastating impact on the way that person has been able to live their life.
Scarily, we are now seeing a significance of mental health disorders presenting so early in children and young people.
As a group of practicing clinicians, we are absolutely steadfast in the quest to change the outcomes for our future generation.
By acting now, we can almost certainly change lives.
The stark reality is that amongst our young adult population, 2018 had the highest rate of death via self harm and that suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in 15-19 year olds.
Suicide is not inevitable, it is preventable…
We often think about mental health in our youth when it presents as a problem, where do we go, what do we do, how do we fix them? But what about action before then- if we equip ourselves and our environments with understanding from a whole community perspective, we can embed it within our culture from grassroots and prevent it from happening in many cases.
By taking a joint commitment we CAN create a mentally healthy future for all!
TOGETHER TO TAKE ACTION!
Blakemore (2012) The Mysterious Workings of the Teeange Brain. (online) Available at: https://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_jayne_blakemore_the_mysterious_workings_of_the_adolescent_brain. (Accessed 14 September 2019).
Children`s Society (2008) The Good Childhood Inquiry: Health Research Evidence. London: Children`s Society
Kessler RC, Berglund P, Demler O, Jin R, Merikangas KR, Walters EE. (2005). Lifetime Prevelence and Age-of-Onset Distributions of DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62 (6) pp. 593-602. Doi:10.1001/archpsyc.62.6.593
WHO (2003), Caring for children and adolescents with mental disorders: Setting WHO directions. (online) Geneva: World Health Organisation. Available at: http://www,who.int/mental_health/media/en/785.pdf (Accessed 14 September 2019).