HG Newsletter - April 2019
In this issue:
This year Mental Health Awareness Week (13th–19th May) will focus on body image – how we think and feel about our bodies and how this can directly impact our mental health. To chime with this, we take a look at body image through the wide angle HG lens, we also examine the worrying hijack of the bio-psycho-social model of mental health and we highlight the trouble our teenagers are in, and how the HG approach can help. Please do get in touch with your thoughts on these crucial matters.
Why are we bothered about how we look? Some would say they don’t care, others are obsessed with appearance, many of us are in between. Within the catch-all of ‘body image’ is our physique – shape, size, fitness level – and also how we cover our bodies – clothes, make-up, hair, piercings and tattoos. Apart from the obvious need to wear clothes to keep warm, what’s it all about? Read more >
HG-trained lobbyist Marion Brown has spotted an alarming reversal in the use of the bio-psycho-social model for mental health and wellbeing within the medical world. Here, she explains how the problem has arisen, the harm it is causing, and what needs to be done about it:
“Our Human Givens approach is grounded in the bio-psycho-social model: taking into account what could be going on for people physically/biologically, psychologically, and in their social lives and relationships. HG therapists use this framework to skilfully enable people to find ways to get their various bio/psycho/social needs met in balance. Within this is an appropriate appreciation of the ‘power of belief’ in terms of an understanding that what we focus our minds on is much more likely to happen, and thinking in positive, needs-oriented ways is conducive to emotional wellbeing.
Teenage mental health
In this BBC News item Children’s Commissioner for England Anne Longfield alerts the UK to the “extremely worrying state” of children’s mental health services, with reduced funding and resources in one third of the country creating a ‘postcode lottery’ for children requiring help. And yet, she feels, help could be simpler and more effective than we think:
"The children I speak to who are suffering from conditions like anxiety or depression aren't asking for intensive inpatient therapeutic treatment, they just want to be able to talk to a counsellor about their worries and to be offered advice on how to stop their problems turning into a crisis.”
The HG troubled teens course offers a wealth of information and education about the teenage brain, what’s going on for our youngsters, and how to give effective help in ways that suit teenagers and develop their innate resources.
You can enjoy 10% OFF the next course on Thursday 16th May in London. It's open to all – teenagers, parents, teachers, therapists and anyone else who would like to learn more about this crucial and often misunderstood stage in our lives.
Good Practice: ethics for the caring professions offers essential information, advice and insightful discussion around the ethical dilemmas and professional difficulties you may encounter when working with people suffering emotional distress. It is a rare opportunity to learn, in the comfort of your own home, from the vast experience of 4 of our tutors: Ivan Tyrrell, Sue Saunders, Ian Thomson and Denise Winn.
One last thought
"To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin.
It's about knowing and accepting who you are"
Ellen Degeneres, comedian, USA
Explore our articles and interviews
Do you think of yourself as an anxious person? This can lead you to think that anxiety is your lot; that there is damn all you can do about it. Well, that isn’t true at all and you are confining yourself to a limiting box if you continue to believe that...
Frances Masters describes what led her to set up a charity to deliver free psychotherapeutic coaching, based on the human givens.
WRITING down negative thoughts, crumpling them up and throwing them away (as often advocated by therapists) really does help reduce negative thinking, research has shown.
Much more is gained from hearing and telling stories, rather than just reading them, says Pat Williams.
When we react excessively to events, major or minor, we may be victims of a primitive survival mechanism gone awry, suggests Joe Griffin. Despite often causing years of distress, it can be treated successfully — and usually remarkably quickly.
Denise Winn talks with Professor John Ratey about the brain as a social organ, and the need to be alert early to inept social skills.
Human givens principles have been introduced to over 200 schools and adopted systemically by some. Here, four headteachers provide a vivid snapshot of their impact.
Doris Lessing believes we are all much closer to craziness than we like to believe. In conversations with Ivan Tyrrell she talks about age, breakdowns and the ubiquitous 'self-hater'.
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Just Released: A new report uses the HG framework to assess emotional wellbeing during the panemic lockdown - contains vital information and confirms the value of the HG approach in assessing mental health.
The HGI is one of the organisations supporting the campaign organised by BACP, BPC and UKCP to maximise the role of counselling and psychotherapy in helping to support people through the Covid 19 c