Mental health and a Job Interview

Going to a job interview can be a very daunting experience, especially if you have had gaps off work or periods of sickness due to periods of poor mental health. You shouldn’t be asked about your health, particularly mental health, in fact employers are legally expected to avoid such questions. However, some questions still may feel targeted as though the interviewer ‘knows’ you have mental health difficulties.

Here are a few tips to manage the interview;

1. Gaps in employment or periods of sickness

Employers want you to be at work and therefore want to know more about your gaps, changes in employment and sickness. Think about how you can explain these and focus on the positive changes that arose out of these events.

2. You have got rights

You do not have to disclose any difficulties yo have with your mental health. In fact, no-one is legally required to mention any medical condition during a job interview. Its your choice if you wish to share any issues around your health. You may be requested to attend a medical appointment within an occupation health department or complete a health questionnaire, however this will only be required following an job offer.

How much to say and ask?

Its important to sell yourself at interview – although this isn’t an easy task, especially if you have anxiety attacks or low self confidence. It’s also natural to hide weaknesses, and yet if you don’t ask enough questions about the job role, or pretend you can do things you really can’t, you may end up in a job that might exacerbate your anxiety, depression or mood swings. So, know your strengths and weaknesses and share what you feel you need to, after all you’ll be highlighting to your interviewer what you have good self awareness.

Seek support if you feel discriminated against

If you think you have been discriminated against, take advice, ask for support and decide what you want to do about it. Discrimination causes stigma and stops us all from talking about mental health and helping each other.

Massage for Muscle Maintenance

Muscle Maintenance

Massage can play a very important role in your exercise programme. Massage is the only therapy that can help prevent the sort of overuse and repetitive strain injuries often incurred during a training/exercise programme.
Great for releasing areas of tightness and tension in muscles, easing away aches and pains, and relieving fatigue, a massage can also help speed recovery time after an injury.

Aches and pains or niggling injuries picked up in training should be attended to as soon as possible. Regular therapeutic massage helps increase your sense of well-being, enhance performance which, in turn, boosts confidence.

So, whether you’ve completed you weekly routine workout, competed in challenging event or training for a marathon, what could be better than having a soothing and relaxing massage to help you unwind?.

Contact our St Anne’s clinic to book an appointment with Andy Ogilvie (Massage & Sports Therapist).

EMDR Training Day for Qualified EMDR practitioners

EMDR North West Regional Committee presents a one-day training event:

Basics and beyond; when (and how) to go back to the standard protocol and when to go beyond.

Presented by: Matthew Wesson

Date: Saturday, 28th April, 09:30 – 17.00. .
Venue: Mechanics Centre, 103 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD

For more information and booking detail: click HERE

Working with UCLan

The Therapy Company provides support to students affected by Hurricane Irma.

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma last autumn, more than 700 students and staff from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) in Sint Maarten arrived in Preston last October to continue their studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

AUC students utilised the University’s academic facilities for teaching, and students and staff have been accommodated in numerous halls of residence and houses within Preston City Centre. To assist some of the students experiencing trauma from the hurricane, as we all cope with exam stress and adjust to life in Preston, The Therapy Company has been providing counselling services to a number of AUC students. Their work complements AUC’s own wellness services, providing students and faculty with comprehensive support.

A team of 4 counsellors from The Therapy Company who specialise in providing a range of treatments from qualified therapists covering the whole spectrum of mind, body and wellbeing, have treated 22 individuals from AUC, dealing with a range of psychological issues over the course of numerous therapy sessions.

Diane Ogden, Director at The Therapy Company commented, “We’re delighted to have been selected by UCLan to support the students from AUC. We have utilised a range of support mechanisms such as counselling, trauma therapy (EMDR) and cognitive behaviour therapy to help them overcome the stress they are experiencing. We have been accommodated by UCLan at their premises, and AUC team have been very understanding and appreciative of our input.”

Professor Mike Thomas, UCLan Vice-Chancellor, commented, “The huge logistical feat of evacuating the students and university staff was organised in just nine days and came about because of the AUC’s links with East Lancashire Hospitals NHS trust, where it sends students on work placements each year. It has been a real privilege to be able to assist the displaced students and their families and enable them to continue their medical studies.”

The Therapy Company will continue to provide counselling services until the spring/summer when AUC plans to fully return to the Caribbean.

Time to Talk Day – 1st Feb 2018

We’re pleased to be supporting Time to Talk Day 2018.

It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health, but the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to change lives.

Around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year, yet the shame and silence can be as bad as the mental health problem itself. Your attitude to mental health could change someone’s life.

Learning a few things about mental health problems might help you to feel more confident about talking and listening. There are many myths about mental health – click HERE to find out more.

So, wherever you are and whoever you are with, start a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.

Find out more about Time to Talk Day 2018 at Time to Talk.