Poverty and mental health

Health professionals often work with the individual, treating mental health challenges such as depression as a ‘brain illness’ which has emerged as a result of disturbed chemistry within the body. As therapists and counsellors we often work with depression as a ‘mind illness’; working with the individual’s thoughts and stories about their situation and themselves,…

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Taking social isolation seriously

Recent research supports the idea that feeling socially isolated can impact on our physical as well as mental health (1). One of the reasons I love running groups is that a facilitated space can help people connect with others quite deeply in a way that feels safe. Quite simply, connecting with others feels good and…

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