What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

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Most people, especially those who work within psychology, mental health and well-being, have heard of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a form of therapy that encourages the client to change the way they think about situations, and therefore change the way they behave in reaction to them. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a branch of CBT which is growing in popularity alongside other behavioural therapies such as mindfulness based CBT. I have seen first-hand with the patients I work with how ACT can change the way patients think, and seen them recover from their mental health disorders to the point of discharge. So, like my post on mindfulness, this is an educational blog post in order to inform you about ACT as a type of therapy that everyone should be aware of and everyone can adapt into their lives in order to fully engage with every moment of every day.

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We all have mental health.

mental-health-begins-with-me-world-mental-health-day-picture“If we don’t act urgently, by 2030 depression will be the leading illness globally – Mental Health Foundation, 2016. 

As promised, I’ve written a blog post in honour of #worldmentalhealthday.

 

Anyone who knows me knows that mental health is incredibly close to my heart having suffered with depression and generalised anxiety disorder since I was 16. I also know many people who have suffered/do suffer with their mental health, I work in a children’s and adolescents mental health hospital, and have worked and volunteered in care homes and mental health forensic services in the past.

 

I know firsthand that mental health illnesses do not discriminate; they can affect anyone, which is why it’s important that it’s something that everyone is aware of and open to talking about.

 

This blog post will explain what mental health is and how everyone has one, and as a result of this how mental health affects everyone. I’ll also briefly go over the signs and symptoms for poor mental health in general (however plenty of my other blog posts have the symptoms of specific mental health illnesses written in detail), i’ll talk about mental health first aid and how you can be the first point of contact for help for your loved ones, and then i’ll list several ways as to how you can help your mental health stay as healthy as possible.

Today is world mental health day, so if you haven’t before, today is a good day to start talking, to start listening, and to start breaking the stigma.

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Pokémon Go and it’s health effects

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I don’t know about you, but my entire facebook and twitter feed is swamped in Pokémon Go – memes, pictures, anecdotes…everything. The world has once again gone Pokémon mad. Yet another video game dedicated to the pokémon universe. However this one, so anecdotal reports seem to suggest, is having positive effects on peoples mental health.

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