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Clinical Negligence in Mental Health

Talking Therapy

Following Luke Ambler's launch of the #ItsOkayToTalk campaign after the suicide of his brother in law we were shocked to read the latest figures in relation to male suicides. The Guardian recently published that suicide is the biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and that men accounted for 75% of the 6,122 suicides reported in 2014, according to the latest available figures.

As a result of this we want to highlight the hugely positive impact talking therapies can have on issues relating to mental health.

Talking therapies are a good mechanism to help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings. Employing these methods in your everyday life is an effective way to make positive changes to your mindset and your thought processes.

They are not just used by people who have a diagnosed mental health problem, they can also help people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives or have suffered a particular trauma.

When you keep things to yourself they can become magnified in your mind and your worry can grow out of control. Talking about the issues that cause us the greatest concern can not only help to alleviate them but it can also help to develop coping mechanisms and strategies to deal with them.

Talking to others about our problems creates a bond and a relationship based on trust and confidence. Simply knowing that you have someone who is genuinely interested in helping you and listening to you can boost your mental health and wellbeing.

Sometimes it helps if that person is a professional therapist rather than a friend or family member simply because they have undergone specific training, however in many cases it is easier to open up to therapist because you don't feel guilty about offloading your feelings on to them.

Therapists are highly skilled individuals who are equipped with the tools to transform negative feelings and thoughts. They can help people who are in a state of distress regardless of the root cause of the problem.

Talking therapies afford people the opportunity to explore their thoughts feelings and to understand the affect they have on their mood and behaviour. Creating awareness of certain behaviour patterns and understanding their source can make them easier to change or modify.

Using a combination of therapies helps encourage and develop an understanding of our feelings and out of this positive changes may be made. It gives people a greater sense of control over their everyday life which boosts mood and self-confidence.

Collingbourne Hennah Law Limited work closely with Dr Paul Rogers, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Independent Mental Health Consultant who gave the following comment;

"The biggest problem is choosing the right talking therapy as there are as many types as there are days in the year. It is fairly widely agreed now across clinical research and literature that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most effective. This therapy does not promise what it can't deliver or try to unravel a generally well person. It aims to find effective solutions for very specific problems, for example, trauma related nightmares, panic attacks and episodes of low mood at particular times.

Additionally, of all the talking therapies out there CBT is now considered the most effective treatment for depression and suicidal thinking, including prescription medication. That is, CBT gets better results than the best anti-depressants available."