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T2M’s CEO awarded Hero of Mental health status. Feb 2015

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T2M’s CEO awarded Hero of Mental health status.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, has had mental health welfare     high on his agenda since he came into Government, according to the       Cabinet Office.

So it was fantastic news for all of us at T2M to discover that our very own CEO Bob Paxman was awarded the title as the hero of Mental Health for the entire North West of England.

And in a further boost for the charity one of our patrons Dr Clive Hathaway Travis was announced as the East of England winner for his work with paranoid schizophrenia.

Here’s the full press release from the Cabinet Office announcing the award, which was presented at a ceremony at the Admiralty on 5 February.

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER APPLAUDS NORTH WEST’S MENTAL HEALTH HERO

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A former UK Special Forces soldier from Merseyside, who founded his own mental health charity after suffering post traumatic stress disorder, will be honoured by the Deputy Prime Minister tonight for his outstanding work to help, support and care for people with mental health conditions.

Robert Paxman, who was nominated by a friend and trustee of his charity Talking2minds, is one of ten regional winners of the Deputy Prime Minister’s Mental Health Hero Awards. He was chosen following a countrywide campaign which led to more than 900 nominations.

After suffering a near breakdown in 2006, Robert and fellow veteran Ernie Dowell came up with a new form of talking therapy called Paradigm, which is tailored towards ex-service people and their families and has helped nearly 500 people since 2009.

 Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“I have been fighting hard to raise the profile of mental health issues and help break down the stigma that surrounds it so no one has to suffer in silence.

“We’ve made great strides, but we need people like Robert who are working every day for people with mental health issues.

“The work he has done to care and support people in their darkest hours makes him a worthy winner and I hope others will follow his example so that together we can bring mental health out of the shadows and make it as importance as physical health.”

Speaking about his nomination, Rob said:

“I am thrilled and honoured at this award. This is a recognition not only of the massive and growing problem that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder represents, particularly among veterans, but also that Talking2minds is doing its bit to give PTSD sufferers their lives back.

“This award is for the thousands of unpaid hours our volunteers have willingly given to help us to give lives back to the living and end the devastation that PTSD causes individuals and their families.”

The awards will be handed out by the Deputy Prime Minister at a reception in Whitehall to mark Time to Talk Day where people are being encouraged to take five minutes out of their day to talk about mental health and help bring it out of the shadows.

Time to Talk Day has been launched by mental health anti-stigma campaign Time to Change who’s latest survey has revealed that nearly 60% of people with mental health problems wait over a year to tell the people closest to them about it.

The Deputy Prime Minister also announced that the Department of Health will continue to fund Time to Change for a further year with an additional £2.5 million on top of the £16 million already invested since 2011. This money will help support and empower people to talk about their mental health problems and to tackle the discrimination they face.

Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister, said:

 “I’m delighted that we’re investing a further £2.5 million in the vital work of Time to Change next year. The programme has led the way in tackling the devastating stigma faced by so many with mental health problems.

“We all have a role to play in ending discrimination for good – Time to Talk Day is a fantastic opportunity to start conversations and I’m pleased to see so many people getting the recognition they deserve through today’s awards.”

Tonight’s awards are part of the Deputy Prime Minister’s on-going work to bring awareness and treatment for of mental health in line with physical health.

In government he has helped build a strong foundation for the improvement of mental health services, securing:

  • the UK’s first Mental Health Taskforce to combine the efforts and resources of ministers from across the coalition
  • £400 million investment expanding talking therapies
  • £150 million investment in treatment and support for children and young adults with eating disorders
  • £120 million investment in mental health to include the introduction in April 2015 of the first ever waiting time standards for mental health in the NHS
  • £54 million for the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme
  • £7 million investment to fund 50 new inpatient beds for children and young people

Depression – Find Out More

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What is depression?

Depression lasts longer than feeling down for a few days. We all go through spells of feeling off or down, but when you’re depressed, you can feel persistently down for weeks or months rather than just a few days. Depression is a serious and lasting condition despite what some may say.

Depression is a real illness with real symptoms and consequences, and it’s not a sign of weakness and is certainly not something you can ‘snap out of’ by ‘pulling yourself together’.

There is good news. With the help of some main stream therapies many sufferers can recover. For those that have not had a positive outcome with other therapies, our Paradigm Therapy™ could be the way ahead for you to pick up the pieces and move forward.

Severity

Depression at its mildest can make you  simply feel persistently low in spirit or down, and at its most severe can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.

Many people wait a long time before seeking help for depression, but it’s best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery. Sometimes there is a trigger for depression.

Life-changing events, such as bereavement, or losing your job or even having a baby, can result in depression.

People with a family history of depression are also more likely to experience depression themselves.

Depression can also materialise for no obvious reason.

Studies have shown that about 4% of children aged 5-16 in the UK are affected by depression.

Do you have depression?

Depression can affect people in different ways and can display a wide variety of symptoms.

Symptoms can range from:

  • Lasting feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in the things you used to enjoy
  • Tearful or anxious
  • Suicidal thoughts

There can be physical symptoms too such as:

  • Feeling constantly tired
  • Sleeping badly or insomnia
  • Having no appetite
  • Low sex drive
  • Body, limb and muscle pains

How we help

Treatment for depression historically has involved medication and trauma-focussed therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling or Eye Movement Desensitising Restructuring (EMDR)

If you have not had a positive outcome with these approaches and you would like to address the underlying cause of depression, then may be Paradigm Approach™  is the answer for you.

Contact us to see if  the Paradigm Approach is for you:

infot2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out more information of what we do

sharont2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a change programme

You can call 07917126708 and speak to Talking 2 Minds Course Coordinator directly.

info@paradigmtrainingsolutions.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do and how you can book onto a training program.

Anger – Find Out More

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What is anger?

Although the reaction of our bodies is the same in that we all release adrenalin which makes our heart beat faster, our breathing quicker and us sweat more, the way we express it differs from person to person.

Some people use verbal expression including shouting, becoming aggressive, involving swearing, threats or name-calling. Others will react violently and lash out physically, hitting other people, pushing them or breaking things. Some go to the opposite extreme and seem unemotional. They internalise their anger and may turn it against themselves with self harm, drugs or alcohol addiction. They can be very angry on the inside but feel unable to let it out in fear of becoming uncontrollable or hurting others.

Reports show that anger problems are as common as depression and anxiety, but people don’t often see it as a problem, or don’t realise there are ways to tackle it.

Mental health

Stress can have a domino effect on our lives. When stress becomes so severe that it causes physical health conditions it also affects our mental and emotional states. When a person is physically and mentally exhausted through stress they can become irritable and angry as they struggle to cope. This irritability and anger may affect relationships, family and work. People often attempt to relieve feelings of stress by overeating, excessive alcohol consumption or smoking – all of which will exacerbate poor physical health and can lead to other mental health issues such as self-harm, body dysmorphia and low self-esteem.

Triggers

These can be many and varied but often include:

  • Actual or perceived threats or insults to ourselves or people close to us
  • Unreasonable or inconsiderate actions of others
  • Being treated unfairly
  • Inability to achieve results – in particular when others seem to stand in the way
  • Others going against our values or beliefs
  • Verbal or physical assault

How we help

Rather than offering “coping mechanisms” we get to the underlying cause of the emotion which enables the sufferer to adopt a different mindset so that things that previous bothered them no longer do so.

If anger is making yours or a loved-one’s life a misery, contact us to find out more about how we can help.

infot2m@yahoo.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do

sharont2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a change programme

You can call 07917126708 and speak to Talking2Minds directly.

info@paradigmtrainingsolutions.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do and how you can book onto a training program.

Stress & Anxiety – Find Out More

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What is stress?

Stress is a normal reaction to outside stimuli that challenge us. Circumstances, events and situations can bring on the stress response which is totally natural and totally normal and it sets the body ready to perform a fight or fight response.

In survival situations, the fight or flight response is useful however when we suffer from extreme or  chronic stress our body suffers because it is continuously preparing for fight or flight even when such a response is not necessary.

Types of stress

Stress is an almost daily occurrence. We can often worry needlessly about a variety of things which may cause various levels of anxiety. We often worry about future events and imagine negative outcomes which can keep us in a stressed stressed state even when the event that has been causing the worry is over – or never arrives.

Stress is part of life. How our minds deal with it allows it to be managed or spiral out of control. When stress is left unchecked it can devastate lives and manifest itself in physical symptoms.

Mental health

Stress can have a domino effect on our lives. When stress becomes so severe that it causes physical health conditions it also affects our mental and emotional states. When a person is physically and mentally exhausted through stress they can become irritable and angry as they struggle to cope. This irritability and anger may affect relationships, family and work. People often attempt to relieve feelings of stress by overeating, excessive alcohol consumption or smoking – all of which will exacerbate poor physical health and can lead to other mental health issues such as self-harm, body dysmorphia and low self-esteem.

Signs and symptoms

  • Flashbacks, nightmares or night-time terrors
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolation, loneliness and confusion
  • Insomnia and irritability
  • Hyper-alertness and hyper vigilance
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Excessive drink or drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self harm or harming others
  • Severe mood swings and aggression
  • Having loved ones commenting that you are somehow behaving differently from before i.e. “out of character”

Anxiety

Stress is commonly linked with anxiety. Signs and symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Panic attacks
  • OCD
  • Agrophobia
  • Dread of the future
  • Insomnia
  • A feeling of always “being on guard”

How we help

By looking at the route causes of the anxiety we gently and positively enable you to understand where it stems from and make the changes necessary to move forward.

Contact us to see if  the Paradigm Approach is for you:

infot2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out more information of what we do

sharon@yahoo.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a change programme

You can call 07917126708 and speak to Talking 2 Minds Course Coordinator directly.

info@paradigmtrainingsolutions.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do and how you can book onto a training program.

PTSD – Find Out More

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The facts

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a physical and psychological condition caused by exposure to extremely frightening or distressing events and can affect anyone. It is a normal, human reaction to an abnormal and traumatic experience. It is commonly associated with those who have served within the armed forces, particularly in a combat role but it can just as easily affect “blue light” services such as police, firefighters and ambulance crews and civilians exposed to traumas such as abuse, cataclysmic events or being involved in or witnessing severe accidents.

The symptoms of PTSD usually start soon after the traumatic event, but sometimes it can be many months or even years before symptoms develop and sufferers can endure years of mental distress never even realising that they have the condition. Sadly, many turn to self-medication with drugs or alchol and others feel unable to continue and end their lives.

It is over 30 years since the Falklands conflict, a conflict in which 255 British service personnel died. It is well known that over 300 service personnel have now taken their own lives since the conflict ended, many displaying symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Talking2Minds are committed as a charity to helping anyone experiencing the symptoms of PTSD, irrespective of when or how they developed them.

Bob Paxman former 22 SAS and the dedicated team were awarded the Mental Health Hero awards by the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Mr Clegg MP in February 2015.

An increasing problem

Today there is overwhelming evidence that UK troops fighting in the various areas of conflict all over the world are suffering from PTSD at ever-increasing levels. The number of individuals being diagnosed with PTSD and associated symptoms has increased by 53% in the last few years.

Levels of PTSD in the wider population have been less well documented but PTSD does not differentiate between military or civilian. Anyone encountering a severe trauma can be affected.

We understand PTSD because…

Many of our Personal Development Coaches are former sufferers, including our founder, Rob Paxman (ex-22 SAS).

Having experienced the damaging effects of PTSD himself, he decided to set up the charity to help other who like him had been told that that the symptoms would be there “for life” and he had to learn to live with it.

“I refused to accept that I would experience the symptoms of PTSD for the rest of my life and having worked hard to come up with a therapy that really worked for me I am passionate about helping others find their way through PTSD too.”

Signs and symptoms

  • Flashbacks, nightmares or night-time terrors
  • Feelings of depression
  • Isolation, loneliness and confusion
  • Insomnia and irritability
  • Hyper-alertness and hyper vigilance
  • Inappropriate anger
  • Excessive drink or drug use
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Self harm or harming others
  • Severe mood swings and aggression
  • Having loved ones commenting that you are somehow behaving differently from before i.e. “out of character”

Causes

Typically PTSD can be triggered by traumatic events such as:

  • Military combat situations
  • Sexual or physical abuse
  • Extreme physical assault
  • Terrorist attacks
  • Serious accidents – such as car crashes
  • Disasters, such as fires, floods, or earthquakes etc
  • Any event which an individual experiences as traumatic such as a bereavement of a loved one

After the event, it is normal to feel confused, angry or scared however, if these feelings don’t go away or they get worse, you may be suffering from PTSD.

Not everyone witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event will develop PTSD. Individuals differ. How likely you are to develop PTSD depends on many factors such as how close you were to the event, how much personal control you had over the circumstances, how strong your reaction was, how intense was the trauma, how long it lasted, and whether you were injured or lost someone close to you.

Please contact us if you or a loved one are experiencing the symptoms of PTSD.

infot2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out more information of what we do.

sharont2m@yahoo.co.uk to find out how you can book onto a Paradigm Change Programme™

You can call 07917126708 and speak to the Talking 2 Minds course coordinator directly.

info@paradigmtrainingsolutions.co.uk  to find out more information of what we do and how you can book onto a training program.