More than ever before children are struggling to cope with the pressures of life. Huge numbers of young people across the western world, are being diagnosed with; severe mental health difficulties; self-harming; and committing suicide. So much so, in the UK, transforming young people’s mental health care has become a top priority for the Prime Minister, Theresa May.
No parent wants to feel as though they have failed, but often because most parents are currently facing huge pressures to raise their children, this is exactly how they do feel. Many mums and dads are struggling with working multiple jobs, because of the unstable financial climate, leaving little time to focus on supporting their children to succeed.
These pressures can lead to many parents becoming trapped in a constant, daily battle, with their child and left feeling overwhelmed, frustrated and without any idea on how to change the situation.
A Shropshire independent mental health organisation is celebrating success after developing online masterclasses to support parents of children who are struggling with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, which offers a wide range of supportive services across the county, to children, and adults who are struggling with mental health difficulties. Uses a unique combination of traditional, and complementary therapies to increase treatment effectiveness. “It’s saddening that many people are still struggling to access services. Those who are having low level difficulties are often left to wait for such a long time that they end up developing more serious, and often complex mental health issues. We specialise in supporting those with borderline, and low level mental health difficulties with a focus on educating and empowering people to take back their lives.
Stress at work is something which can easily be overlooked as employees and bosses battle with busy diaries, full inboxes and intense meetings. For most, stress is so ingrained into their life, right from those early years at school, it becomes a normal state of being. But a Telford organisation is aiming to radically change this with one simple step – using essential oils.
All essential oils are made from plants and work with our bodies at a cellular level to promote health, and wellbeing both physically and emotionally.
A Shropshire independent mental health organisation is celebrating success after the implementation of their CPD accredited teacher mental health training programme at Hadley Learning Community (HLC).
Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, which offers a wide range of supportive services across the county, is one of the first organisations in the UK to develop a specialist proactive mental health training program for teachers.
“With 1 in 10 young people struggling from a mental health difficulty there is an increasing expectation for teachers to tackle this in schools, yet often teachers receive no formal instruction, nor support in this area. Our course seeks to redress this by showing them how to identify, understand and proactively manage pupils within the classroom.” said Managing Director of Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, Katie Woodland.
I was honored to be asked to speak at the Telford Business Partnership quarterly breakfast about mental health in work, and employee wellbeing.
It's not often that I get the opportunity to tell a room full of business leaders that they're the reason their employees are struggling... OK so while I most certainly did say this - there was also a lot more that went into the 40 minute talk!
A local organisation offering a dedicated mental health service to individuals across the county has nominated Talent Match as its dedicated youth project for 2016, which will provide enhanced support to young people suffering with mental illness and behavioural issues.
Woodland Psychological Services Ltd has pledged its support to the Big Lottery Funded project by reinvesting the monies from one of its recent training courses into delivering a series of workshops for members of the Talent Match team, an organisation set up to tackle youth unemployment and support those aged 18-24 struggling to find career opportunities.
What a fantastic morning!! Things are set to get even more exciting this afternoon - luckily I just get to listen, and my stint is over. But what have I been up to? Well basically the Telford Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), have put on a free educational workshop for small businesses, and self-employed professionals in Telford & Wrekin designed to support you secure your self-employment long term. So far this morning guest speakers include; Samaa Al-Moussalli from Raising Brains Ltd (a Cognitive Skills Brain Training Centre which uses the BrainRX training system), Mark Tomlin from the Business Support Service at Telford & Wrekin Council, and Myself talking all about employee wellness. This afternoon talks from HMRRC, the DWP and Yasmin Freestone from Company Select UK Ltd.
While it was absolutely great being featured on RadioPlus Coventry to talk to Mark Sephton about mental health, and how people can protect themselves from mental health difficulties . Plus I delve into key things to look for in your employees if you're an employer.
Having to do it from the car out in the middle of nowhere - trying to get signal had its difficulties! But as always I managed to power through and get the word out to a whole host of avid listeners.
P.S. this was absolutely not to be missed but if you did click below and listen until you're hearts content. Oh and if you heard it live it's always worth a second listen :)
A Shropshire independent mental health organisation is celebrating success after it's recently launched course for management teams received official CPD accreditation.
Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, which offers a wide range of supportive services to businesses across the county, from advice to diagnosis, through to therapy and mental health awareness training, has received recognition for its 'Increasing Performance and Achieving Growth Through Leadership Development ' course which focuses on stress management strategies in the workplace to reduce employee absenteeism and enhance profitability.
"There is an increasing expectation for managers to undertake continuing professional development, and to have our programme verified by the CPD Certification Service provides businesses with that added reassurance that the content of the course is regulated, and does exactly what it says on the tin," said Managing Director of Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, Katie Woodland.
"With workplace-related mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety on the rise, our leadership development course not only focuses on stress management techniques and the simple organisational changes managers can make to reduce mental health-related absenteeism, but also enables managers to understand what is holding their team back from hitting those all important goals and guidance on the steps they can take to tackle this."
During the four-hour course, which can be delivered at the client's site, delegates develop basic psychological techniques to help them understand their leadership style, as well as their team's personalities, to increase motivation, productivity, team effectiveness, and -ultimately- profitability. The course can also be completed online, with delegates receiving exactly the same support and accreditation.
"I'd encourage anyone interested in finding out more about the course to get in touch on 01952 796 062 or firstname.lastname@example.org," Katie concluded.
Featured in 'Business Matters' the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce Magazine
An independent mental health service has officially launched this month, providing specialist support to individuals, schools and businesses across the county.
Shropshire-based Woodland Psychological Services Ltd – which is the brainchild of psychologist Katie Woodland – offers a wide range of supportive services from advice and diagnosis, through to therapy and mental health awareness training.
“Woodland Psychological Services Ltd is centered on supporting people with mental health difficulties throughout society, and is a not-for profit social enterprise which diverts profits back into community projects,” explained Founder and Managing Director of the organisation, Katie Woodland.
“With waiting lists longer than ever before, there are many people with mental health difficulties who are struggling to get the support they vitally need from local services. Dedicated to always going above-and-beyond, we proudly offer the very highest levels of support to our clients, covering borderline, mild and moderate mental health difficulties, as well as diagnosis, parent group interventions, parent support, and advocacy services.
“And with school and workplace-related mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety on the rise, we’re also proud to provide comprehensive training packages for teachers, business owners and management teams which aim to introduce simple organisational changes to not only reduce the stigma of mental health, but diminish mental health-related absenteeism,” Katie concluded.