Common Mental Health Issues
We specialise in these common mental health issues:
Knowing how to deal effectively with problematic behaviours in others is a skill that can be used at work, at home and socially. The line between aggressive and assertive behaviour can sometimes be blurry, so we can help provide practical skills for you to utilise when dealing with clients or a loved one, in an honest, respectful and productive way.
‘Challenging behaviour’ describes negative behaviour that is often erratic, complex, unpredictable and difficult to work with. We can help professionals, families and carers to understand what challenging behaviour is, and the many different types of challenging behaviour. We can discuss possible causes of these behaviours and strategies for prevention, as well as ways to manage behaviours using verbal and nonverbal communication methods.
If you work with or care for someone with dementia, understanding how the condition can influence a person’s behaviour and learning the strategies to help can make caring for a person with dementia much easier. We can help you increase your understanding of dementia, focus on building the necessary communication skills and learn creative ways to reduce frustration and enrich the experience for everyone involved.
Anyone can suffer from depression at any time in their lives. The illness can be debilitating and learning how to recognise early warning signs can be vital to prevent progression. We can help raise awareness about depression and discuss the difference between depression and other conditions that may have some of the same symptoms. We can help you learn how to recognise early warning signs and discuss treatment and communication strategies to help you look after your client or loved one.
Prevention of elder abuse in our community begins with awareness. With an ageing population, the possibility for abuse, be it intentional or unintentional, may also increase. We can help you understand what elder abuse is, the types of abuse that can occur, common offenders, the signs and symptoms to look out for and prevention strategies. Prevention of abuse will increase the quality of life and care that our elderly population receive.
Grief is a normal response to loss and it is not only the death of a loved one that may result in an individual experiencing a grief reaction. Death, divorce, illness, loss of a job, home or of a role or responsibility can all result in a person experiencing grief. We can help you learn the process individuals go through when experiencing loss, discuss the impact grief has and the steps people go through to accept their losses. We can also suggest how to deal with grief in ourselves and others.
Major Psychiatric Disorders
Psychiatric disorders may be caused by a person’s life history, their lifestyle or be hereditary. Education, prevention and early intervention are important when caring for someone with a mental illness. Learning about major psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder, major depression and anxiety disorders, will equip you with additional skills you need to deliver quality care for someone with a mental illness. We can help you to identify risk factors, signs and symptoms that may indicate the presence of a major mental illness, early warning signs associated with relapse and strategies to help you care for a client or loved one.
Mental Illness and Physical Health
It is sometimes easy to overlook a person’s physical health when their mental health issues are so prominent. It’s also important to know that chronic physical illness can have profound effects on a person’s emotional health and wellbeing. We can help you to identify the poor health outcomes for people with mental illness and the factors that contribute to these poor outcomes. With an emphasis on wellness and recovery, we can help point you towards screening and treatment programs that are available.
Although everyone has a personality with desirable and perhaps undesirable traits, a person whose personality is disordered is unable to function effectively because of who they are. This can cause anxiety, depression and disruption in relationships. We can help you to identify the characteristics of personalities and understand and deal with the challenges to provide support to your client or loved one.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is a widespread condition that can be very disabling for the sufferer and frustrating for carers and loved ones who want to help. We can help enable you to identify the signs and symptoms of PTSD, understand the neurophysiology that underpins PTSD and be aware of appropriate treatments that are available. We can equip you to deal with issues that can arise for families and carers with good communication skills, the ability to deal with anger, understanding how to care for yourself and knowing where to seek help.
If you are caring for someone who is depressed, or someone who has expressed suicidal thoughts, we can help you identify the risks that may actually prevent suicide. Some risk factors to be aware of include major depression, bipolar disorder, reactive depression and dysthymia. We can equip you with the skills necessary to approach a suicidal client or loved one and encourage them to discuss their feelings, identify the interventions that are required when dealing with a suicidal person and advise you where you can access additional support.
Sexuality and Wellness in Aged and Disability Care
This is a subject that sometimes causes embarrassment for carers. Nevertheless, sexuality is part of the whole person and must be recognised as such. We can help carers and families of those with mental illness and disability to have an understanding of sexuality and wellness. We can help encourage discussion about the different ways of expressing sexuality and how different health factors can impact on this expression. We can also suggest ways carers can assist those they care for to express their sexuality in appropriate ways, underpinned by human rights.
Stress is the body’s normal response to a situation where the pressure is greater than the resource. Caring for someone else as well as having a life of your own is often stressful. We can help you understand the physical, mental, emotional and behavioural manifestations of stress and equip you with the skills needed to recognise and control the signs of stress to create a more balanced life for yourself and those around you.
Problems with the misuse of substances affect all age and socio-economic groups. We can help you to identify the signs and symptoms associated with substance misuse. Knowing what to look out for can often result in early intervention and the prevention of mental health problems. We can also help suggest treatment options and ongoing support and education for carers.