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World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th 2019 is World Mental Health Day. This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention and raising awareness of suicide around the world.

“Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies. Suicides are preventable. Much can be done to prevent suicide at individual, community and national levels.” – World Health Organisation

If you feel like you are struggling a Mental Health issue, please reach out and ask for help. If you would like to arrange an appointment to talk, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mental Health Awareness Week Body Image

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 13th-19th May 2019 and the theme focused on this year is body image. It has been running since 2001 to raise awareness of mental health problems such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.

The Mental Health Foundation offer a lot of resources and information about how you can raise awareness and run your own events. Their supporters pack can be downloaded here.

To follow updates on stories and events, follow the hastags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #BeBodyKind on Twitter.

Some statistics from the Mental Health Foundation on why recognising mental health problems are so important :-

  • 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents
  • Working people with mental health problems contribute £226m a year to the UK economy – that’s 12.1% of GDP
  • In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK

If you are think you suffer from or are struggling with a Mental Health problem, don’t be afraid to talk about it or ask for help. This is the first step to help in understanding it and helping you deal with the effects. If you would like to book a counselling appointment, please fill out this form or contact me here.

Stress

Stress Awareness Month 2019

April is stress awareness month and it has been held every year since 1992. Increasing awareness of stress is really important as it affects millions of people in the UK and can have a profound impact on both our physical health and mental health.

Stress is ours bodies response to an event or situation that we may deal with and these events vary for everyone. Stress might be experienced by someone working hard towards a tight deadline at work and somebody completely different may experience stress from just experiencing something new. Everyone deals with stress differently and the effects can range vastly between us.

Some symptoms of stress include :

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Self doubt
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Isolating yourself
  • Increase intake of alcohol
  • Sleeping to little

Some things that can help you to deal with stress :

  • Talk about why your are feeling stressed
  • Build supportive relationships
  • Change your lifestyle
  • Exercise
  • Limit smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Learn to say no
  • Eat healthily

Counselling can help you deal with stress, giving you an outlet to discuss any problems or issues you are facing in your life. If you would like to arrange a counselling appointment, please contact me here.

Children's mental health

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. You can follow the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek on Twitter for useful links and information about this important topic.

Some of the statistics on children’s mental health are quite staggering, where on average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. More information on this can been gathered from the centre for mental health’s website.

The Mental Health Foundation also have an interesting article on children’s mental health here, where an estimated 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. This is a scary statistic and shows the need that more help is needed for children and younger people in regards to their mental health.

As a society, we need to target the stigma that surrounds mental health early on throughout education and make young people aware that it is important to talk about these issues and seek help at an early age.

Young Minds is another great resource for young people and parents to find out more information about mental help, the different types of mental health conditions and the help that is available.

If you are a parent or young person and would like to discuss counselling with Morgan Walker Counselling, please contact me here.

Meditation

Counselling in March, Peterborough, Ely, Whittlesey and Wisbech

Location location location with Morgan Walker Counselling.

Morgan Walker Counselling is a counselling service which works within the Cambridgeshire area. Morgan Walker Counselling was established in 2010 with my first location being at The New Queen Street Surgery, located in the heart of Whittlesey. Appointments which are offered within this GP surgery environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling. Appointments are available here on Monday to Friday daytime with evening appointments available on a Monday evening. With great parking and waiting areas New Queen Street surgery is friendly, warm and welcoming. For more information about the surgery please check out their website

Morgan Walker Counselling in 2011 decided to expand into Peterborough due to a demand for clients to attend sessions within the city. Morgan Walker Counselling works from a mid terrace counselling room just a short walk from the city centre. Morgan Walker Counselling offers initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling from this therapeutic environment. Appointments are available here Friday daytime with evening appointments available Monday to Saturday. With car parking and train access being on its doorstep Peterborough practice has an easy, comfortable and private feel to it.

With Morgan Walker Counselling growing within Whittlesey and Peterborough I decided to branch out again and in late 2013 started to offer appointments within March and Wisbech. The March location is based at The March Podiatry Practice which is along the town’s High Street. Appointments which are offered within this podiatry environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling, along with the two groups run by Morgan Walker Counselling, Group Counselling for depression and Group Counselling for postnatal depression. Appointments are available here on Monday to Friday daytime with evening appointments available on a Monday & Thursday evening. Groups take place on a Monday afternoon and Friday morning. With friendly staff, easy parking and access March Podiatry is a ideal location to attend for counselling. For more information about The March Podiatry Practice please check out their website
My room in Wisbech is located within the Wisbech Library in the centre of Wisbech town. Appointments which are offered within this library environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling, along with the two groups run by Morgan Walker Counselling, Group Counselling for depression and Group Counselling for postnatal depression. Appointments are available here on Monday to Saturday daytime with no evening appointments available due to the opening hours of the Library. Groups take place on a Friday afternoon. For more information about the Library in Wisbech please check out their website

Morgan Walker Counselling next adventure came towards the beginning of 2016 with me setting up a counselling service within the library in the center of Ely. Appointments which are offered within this library environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling. Appointments are available here on a Thursday afternoon and Saturdays only. For more information about the Library in Wisbech please check out their website

For more information on all of my locations check out my counselling location’s page with information on each individual counselling location.

Depression Group Counselling

Depression Counselling Group in March & Wisbech

Depression, let’s start talking about it.

We all will experience low mood within our lifetime which can be caused by a life event or it can be due to living with Depression. Depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world and is the most common mental health disorder in Britain, with 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis and fewer than half of those affected receiving treatment.

Depression can affect people in different ways and for me the most significant way is how isolated and alone it makes people. Friends who once were there are now moving on with their lives. The popping out for coffee together slowly stops, the invites are now few and far between and out of nowhere you are on your own and in the dark. I have worked with many people who shared with me how depression can keep them in bed or in their home for days and even weeks at a time. It can be hard to keep up with friendships and relationships with Depression hanging around your head. The thoughts and feelings can be so difficult at times that suicide has also become a thought and even an option to many.

Morgan Walker Counselling has created a Depression Counselling Group for men and women who experience low mood and Depression. Members attend to share with others their experiences and life with Depression. The group takes the same structure and format as a counselling session, with each group member being able to share their experience, to help them make sense and have a better understanding of themselves. The group process will help members gain an understanding and identify behaviours which might not be helpful for their personal grow. The group environment is to help and support each other with emotional difficulties by offering feedback to each other. This feedback could be support from myself or practical tips from others in the group who have experienced a similar problem themselves. The aim is to help members learn their own coping methods so they can manage difficulties as and when they arise. The group is also about being able to reach out and to help other group members, which will make group members feel less isolated and have a feeling of achievement when they help one another.

The counselling group is confidential, with an initial assessment being completed with all new group members. The group consists of a maximum of 6 members and myself. The group will take place every fortnight on the same day and at the same time for two hours.

The Counselling Group will take place in March & Wisbech. If you would like further information or would like to attend please contact me here.

Group counselling

Postnatal Depression Counselling Group in March & Wisbech

Baby Blues or something more?

When having a baby we hear about the “Baby Blues” and come to believe that every mum will experience this for the first few weeks or so after the birth. But what if we are not able to move away from the blues? Postnatal Depression affects up to 15 per cent of new mothers, according to official figures, but health campaigners fear the figure may be twice that because of the reluctance of many women to admit their difficulties. This is due to many reasons, but mainly the symptoms in which a woman experiences and the guilt that she feels that she is not a good mother. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Feeling anxious and worried
  • Feeling low in mood
  • Irritable and not able to settle
  • Tired and low energy levels
  • Unable to enjoy things including sex
  • Negative or guilty thoughts
  • Thoughts of suicide or intrusive thoughts of harm to self or the baby

Some of the thoughts which a mum can experiences can be scary and distressing. She may not wish to share her experiences of motherhood due to dread of judgement and fear of her baby being taking away. Many mums suffer in silence with 49% not seeking out professional help or treatment and around 35,000 not telling anyone about their matter.

Morgan Walker Counselling is offering a Counselling Group for mums who are experiencing Postnatal Depression and for women who are pregnant and worried from past experiences of Postnatal Depression. My hope is to create a space away from the home environment for mums with Postnatal Depression to explore what they are feeling and to support them in being able to manage their low mood and other symptoms of Postnatal Depression. To offer them a non-judgemental setting around other mums with a similar story and support them in feeling okay to explore their own journey of motherhood. The group will offer support to each other and you won’t feel like the only one who is experiencing this “dark place” alone. Together, we will shine a light to help you work with these difficult feelings and look at ways to better manage low mood and intrusive thoughts.

The group itself will consist of a maximum of 6 mum’s and myself. The group will take place every fortnight on the same day and at the same time for two hours. The group will be run much like a counselling session, with clients bringing to the group what they wish to understand, explore and share with the group. If you chose to listen and not to share one week that is also fine. The group is about you and what you wish to experience and take away. The counselling group will be confidential, with an initial assessment being completed with all new group members.

The Counselling Group will take place in March & Wisbech. If you would like further information or would like to attend please contact me here.

Morgan Walker Counselling Website

Morgan Walker Counselling’s new Website has Launched!

Welcome to Morgan Walker Counselling's new website! We're really excited about the new design and to coincide with the launch of the new site, we're starting a blog!

The blog will be updated frequently with news about the services that we offer and also any new services that we launch (there are some coming really soon!). Alongside this information, the blog will also contain information about counselling news, mental health, mindfulness and much, much more. Please check back frequently to see the latest posts and also follow us on Twitter and Facebook too! If you have any questions or queries, we would love to here from you.

Morgan Walker Counselling offer counselling services in March, Wisbech, Peterbrough, St Neots, Whittlesey and the surrounding Cambridgeshire and Fenland area. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, you can contact Morgan Walker Counselling here.

World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th 2019 is World Mental Health Day. This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention and raising …

Mental Health Awareness Week Body Image

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 13th-19th May 2019 and the theme focused on this year is body image. It …

Stress

Stress Awareness Month 2019

April is stress awareness month and it has been held every year since 1992. Increasing awareness of stress is really important …