According to HM Government, at any one time roughly one in six of us is experiencing a mental health problem. It is often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused be work-related issues.
A staggering 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem, are known to fall out of work every year.
We also have to face the fact that mental health problems are estimated to cost the economy £105 billion per year. The good news is that employers who improve their management of mental health at work can cut staffing costs by about a third.
Mental health is everyone's business
Good mental health and resilience are fundamental to physical health and work, enabling employees to achieve their potential. If we are to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing, everyone needs to play their part, including employers.
Ensuring people can access the support and treatment they need is crucial, but it also means doing more to tackle stigma and improve attitudes to mental health across the whole of society – including businesses.
For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that can affect us all.
- 54% percent of people say they are impacted most by stigma in their place of work
- 35% of people think they would be less likely to get promoted if they had depression
It is perhaps not surprising, therefore, that less than half of employees say they would feel able to talk openly with their line manager if they were suffering from stress, and that only 11% of employees have discussed a recent mental health problem with their line manager.
How we can help
Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. You do not need to be an ‘artist’ or ‘good at art’ to benefit from being creative. Through the sensual use of the art materials (mixing, pouring, swamping, dripping smearing and spilling) and the natural elements, confusion and pain suffered can be symbolically expressed and represented.
Neuroscience has backed the positive affects of art on the brain when it comes to our ability to cope with everyday life. Purposeful creative activities actively assist our brains in regulating emotions, learning, processing thoughts and solving problems.
Art therapy is not about producing masterpieces, although you may surprise yourself with the beauty of your own creation.
Using a Jungian approach, evidence based practice and range of art materials (including natural elements) our workshops aim to:
- Strengthen your ability to connect with your self and your creativity in the natural world
- Improve self-awareness and self esteem
- Strengthen relationships, regulating behaviours and advance coping skills
- Create a safe and supportive environment that encourages the group’s active engagement with the art materials and nature
- To facilitate both verbal and non-verbal modes of communication
- Nurture ones sense of interconnection and inter-being through art and nature.
- Explore symbols, metaphors and cycles of nature as a mirror of your inner journey
The symbolic nature of the arts, in all of its forms, have aided us in expressing our emotions and personal journeys since the dawn of time.
Evidence of the health benefits of engagement with the natural environment is also very well documented:
- Promotes mental & physical health by providing psychological relaxation & stress alleviation
- Reduces neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex which alleviates symptoms of depression
- Immune systems benefit from direct exposure to natural environments
We offer mindful walks in nature where we use a broad range of techniques which can improve an individual’s mental or physical health
There is innumerable research on the many benefits of meditation. Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends.
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
Please contact us for further details.
“Smile, breathe, and go slowly.”
Thich Nhat Hanh