Our centres are now open to clients
Our centres in Preston and South Ribble are now fully open for consultations and will soon be followed by our St Anne’s centre.
Client safety is of paramount importance and we have therefore undertaken several protective measures to ensure you remain safe and comfortable whilst visiting our centres. These include:
- All appointments can be made by calling our reception team on 01772 725530 or via email at email@example.com
- If you have made an appointment and then start to show any symptoms of the Coronavirus please contact us immediately to cancel your appointment.
- We will be leaving larger gaps between appointments so that we can effectively cleanse the premises and ensure there is no overlap of clients.
- Please do not arrive too early for your appointment as we would like you to wait in the car or outside the premises until one of our team calls you and asks you to come inside.
- We request that do not bring friends, carers or relatives into the building and suggest anyone accompanying you should wait for you in the car or outside as we would like to avoid anyone using the waiting room.
- As you arrive in the porch area there will be hand sanitisers, gloves and masks. Please make use of these before entering the building.
- You will be taken straight into the consulting room where the chairs will be spaced out at a safe distance.
- All seating and furniture will be cleansed between clients.
- Please note that the toilet facilities will not be available other than for emergencies.
- For hygiene reasons we will not be serving drinks to clients, so we ask you to bring your own drink in a bottle should you require one.
- Payments can be made over the phone or at reception following your appointment. If using the credit card machine this will be cleaned after use.
Online and phone appointments
- We will be continuing with our online and telephone consultations for those who are self-isolating or would prefer not to have a face to face consultation.
We hope the above will provide you with the reassurance that our centres are safe for consultations.
Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 01772 725530.
Today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is suicide prevention.
Every year close to 800,000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families and communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally in 2016.
Who is at risk?
There is a strong link between suicide and mental health, but suicide can also happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness.
Suicide rates are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons and homeless people.
By far the strongest risk factor for suicide is a previous suicide attempt.
This year it seems Mental Health awareness has increased hugely even since 4-5 years ago and we should pat ourselves on the back for spreading the word and reducing the stigma, so that more and more people are talking about mental health.
This year’s theme is Body Image – ‘Body image’ is a term that can be used to describe how we think and feel about our bodies. Our thoughts and feelings about our bodies can impact us throughout our lives, affecting, more generally, the way we feel about ourselves and our mental health and well-being.’
For more information click HERE to go to the Mental Health Foundation Website.
Michelle Obama recently raised the issue about ‘Imposter Syndrome’, a term used to describe feeling a fraud, insecure and/or self-doubt. She has spoken about her life experiences of a lack of insecurity despite the success and status she has achieved. Calling it a syndrome is to down play how universal it is. Whilst a lot of emphasis has been placed on this being a ‘female’ issue, men also experience the same struggle in feeling a fraud, as people of all ages, gender, ethnicity and occupations can be affected. Imposterism is n’t about a lack of confidence, and it’s not necessarily linked to depression or anxiety, so where does it come from and why do people feel like this?