MHAW2019: Body Image, let’s get comfortable

The theme for Mental Health Awareness week this year is body image and we shared a blog post earlier this week. about some of the links between body image and mental health

The Mental Health Foundation have asked for people to share pics of a time that they felt comfortable in their skin under the tag #bebodykind. Here are a few pics from three of the team here at Impact Telford, shared by some of our counsellors and office staff. Sadly only one pic is recent (from last year), one is a decade old and the other a bit further back. This post prompted discussion in our office with sharing of how insecure we can sometimes feel about how we look.

Our Team is made up of real people, we might be counsellors and psychotherapists and well versed in mental health but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have some hang ups about our bodies. But counselling and psychotherapy can help: one thing we are passionate about is giving people an opportunity to explore their emotions and understand how things like body image can impact their mental health. Give us a call if you need to talk.

Gambling Recovery Course: taking a break

Our succcessful gambling recovery course for those struggling with problem gambling or gambling addiction is taking a break for a little while. The course, which covers topics such as self esteem and understanding your triggers, will be back in a few months here in Telford.

In the meantime our trained Gamcare counsellors are still available for one to one therapy sessions, and we have also opened a waiting list for those wanting to take part in the group sessions once they restart. If you’d like to be put on the list, or if you’d like to seek support about problem gambling either for yourself or because of your concerns about someone close to you, then please give us a call on 01952 223 165.

Body Image (Mental Health Awareness week 2019)

The Mental Health Foundation have chosen Body Image as the theme for Mental Health Awareness week 2019 and their CEO talks here about why. A recent survey shows that a third of British adults have felt anxious or depressed because of the way that they think or feel about their body.

As counsellors we regularly see clients where their body image plays a part in their mental health issues, one of our therapists says “Body image is often not the immediate issue that the client comes to explore, but many times it will crop up as part of their anxiety or depression. It can be really powerful to tackle the shame and guilt that people feel about how they look and examine their feelings of not being perfect or good enough.”

Stereotypically it is often presumed that it’s only young women that have poor body image, but the survey found that it affects people regardless of age, sex or gender with 20% of those aged 55 or older feeling anxious because of their body image. Our counsellors have worked with children as young as 9 with eating disorders as well as with both children and adults who self harm because of their feelings about how they look.

If you’re affected by any of these issues, or worried about someone else then please get in touch with our Telford office, you don’t have to struggle alone.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019: Body Image

Almost one in three people have felt so stressed about their body image that they’ve been unable to cope. The way you view and think about your body and the way that you think others view your looks can deeply affect our mental health whatever your age, gender, sexuality or ethnicity.

We’re pleased to be supporting the Mental Health Foundation’s Mental Health Awareness week 2019, on the theme of body image. Keep an eye here on our website and on our facebook page to see more conversation about Body Image and Mental health.

Counselling for Eating Disorders

We were delighted to be contacted by the Shropshire Star last year to talk about some of our work counselling people with Eating Disorders. If you’d like to take a look at the article click the link here.

If you’re struggling with your thoughts about food, or are concerned about someone close to you then please contact us to find out more. We’re based in Madeley, Telford and work with clients aged 5 upwards.

Shropshire’s social value charter

We are delighted to have signed up to the Social Value Charter for Shropshire.

Impact Telford’s CEO, Wendy Condlyffe says “Signing the Charter is a demonstration of our continuing commitment to the holistic well being of the community. As a charity we provide our services at an affordable rate, we are a non for profit organisation. The Social Value Charter will endorse our community focus and commitment to meeting the needs of local people”.

You can read more about the scheme here.

Our new website

Welcome to our new website! Impact Telford has a new look and a new website to go with it, here you’ll find information about who we are, what we do and how we can help you. Whether you’re an individual looking for counselling for yourself, whether you’re worried about someone else – a child or other loved one – or whether you’re an organisation we aim to provide counselling, information about mental health and support. We’ve a page of FAQs here but do get in touch to find out more, details on our contact page here.