This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I believe Homoeopathic treatment has an important role to play in supporting mental health and wellbeing. I’ve benefited from Homoeopathic treatment myself during challenging times in my life – death of a loved one, etc., and frequently see the benefits this medicine has in a variety of individuals with mental health symptoms. Homoeopathy works holistically treating each individual and not specific disease names.
“Mental health problems present one of the major challenges to the health service with one in four people experiencing issues with their mental health at some point.” said Sue Crump, Chair of The Society of Homoeopath’s Public Affairs Committee. I’ve added a link to The Society of Homoeopaths campaign on this subject which aims to:
To raise awareness of the potential of Homoeopathy in promoting mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as addressing mental health issues, among other organisations, including funding and regulatory bodies.
As a yoga practitioner for over four decades and yoga teacher I believe the variety of yoga practices have a positive impact on our mental health. ‘Mindfulness’ has become increasingly popular in the treatment of stress related illnesses and a variety of mental health conditions with much success.
According to Prof. Mark Williams (Oxford Mindfulness Centre) “Mindfulness is at least as good as drugs or counselling for the treatment of clinical-level depression. It is now one of the preferred treatments recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).”
He also says “Anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability all decrease with regular sessions of mindfulness. People are happier and more contented, while being far less likely to suffer from psychological distress.”
So what is Mindfulness?
I think this poem by Dr Svāmi Purna explains perfectly:
Mindfulness is emotional control
Mindfulness is coolness and clarity of thought
Mindfulness exists in overcoming emotional storms
By diffusing them, rather than indulging them …
It is not being swept away
By fantasy and emotional distortions
Which are creations
Of faulty mental conditioning.
Mindfulness is being aware and conscious
Mindfulness is concentration
On the business of the moment.
Mindfulness is awareness of
All one’s thoughts, speech and action.
Mindfulness is being taught in schools throughout the world and many other settings. It is simply about learning to be AWARE of our thoughts, behaviour, sensations, actions, interaction with others and reaction in various situations or to various stimuli.
Why not give Mindfulness, Yoga and/or Homoeopathy a try and discover a whole new way of being?