Monday, 25 May 2015

FREE HUMAN GIVENS WEBINAR: How to Reduce Anxiety in Students and Young People

If you help students and young people to manage their emotions – or improve their learning and academic performance – don't miss this free HG webinar on:

WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE 7.30PM BST (UK) - 8.30PM CET - 2.30PM EST (US) 

You'll have the chance to ask questions and will discover:
  • How anxiety: contributes to poor learning, reduces motivation, causes writer’s block, freezes students' ability to remember what they’ve learned, impacts negatively on exam performance, messes up presentations and more 
  • The important links between learning and emotion 
  • New insights into why so many of our students and young people experience anxiety today – and the serious impact this can have on their mental health (in some cases leading to suicide) 
  • Key factors to remember when you're working with anxious students and young people 
  •  Fast, effective techniques to unblock thinking and lower anxiety levels 
  • Effective strategies for improving learning and retention that are in tune with how our brains actually work
  • A holistic model of learning that brings it all together 
  •  A range of clear, practical actions that students (and tutors!) can take to start reducing their anxiety right away 

Webinar tutor: Gareth Hughes

Gareth is a Human Givens psychotherapist working in the Counselling Service at the University of Derby.

Alongside his counselling role, Gareth conducts research into the wellbeing of students, including the links between wellbeing and academic performance, and learning and emotions. His research has been published in various academic journals. He has a particular interest in exam anxiety, presentation anxiety, writer's block and the transition of students to university.

Gareth also teaches and facilitates workshops at the University as part of the award nominated 'Love Your Mind' programme.

Places on this FREE webinar are limited – to avoid missing out, reserve yours now using by signing up on this page. You will then receive immediate confirmation and emailed details of how to join the webinar.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Psychosis



From 11-17th May 2015 it's the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

Friday's topic is psychosis.

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One curious research finding, which has been confirmed by several major studies in five-year follow ups, shows that about 64 per cent of people in third world countries recover fully after a first schizophrenic breakdown. Yet the comparative figures for the developed world show that only about 18 per cent recover fully. 

Psychiatric theorists are at a loss to explain psychosis. The various simplistic ideas that it is caused by specific deficiencies in brain chemistry, such as ‘overactive dopamine systems’, have not been supported by research, despite the strident and misleading claims of some drug companies to the contrary.

In our book, Human Givens: The new approach to emotional health and clear thinking (see link below), we described how the REM brain state, which underlies dreaming, is separate from the process of dreaming and dream content. It is also clear that the healthy brain is organised to keep the dream process separate from the waking state, which is why we find it so difficult to remember dreams.  We have shown how the behaviour of a person in a hypnotic state clearly mirrors phenomena of the REM state, such as muscle paralysis, dissociation, imperviousness to pain, and amnesia for the event after ‘waking’. Explore the following links to find out more about what psychosis is and how it can be treated.

INFORMATION & ARTICLES
Schizophrenia and psychosis: Can it be cured? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/psychosis.htm#.VVTXSWZ7vJw

The link between psychotic symptoms and the dream (REM) state: http://why-we-dream.com/psychosis.htm

A new look at psychosis Ivan Tyrrell and Richard Bentall discuss patient-centred new approaches to the understanding and treatment of psychotic illness. http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/newlook-psychosis.htm#.VVTYyGZ7vJw

Imagination and madness. Ivan Tyrrell talks with Daniel Nettle about the far closer than expected connection between psychosis and creative thinking: http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/imagination.htm#.VVTYnmZ7vJw

TREATING PSYCHOSIS

If you would like professional help with stress and psychotic symptoms please see our register of Human Givens Therapists: http://www.hgi.org.uk/register/index.htm

Find out how well your emotional needs are being met by taking our emotional needs audit:
http://www.hgi.org.uk/ena/index.htm

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place:
http://blog.humangivens.com/p/self-help-tips.html

TRAINING
From stress to psychosis ‒ how to prevent mental illness:
This training day explores what happens in the brain when it is put under stress and how this affects our emotional life and mental health.  It also shows how the latest knowledge and insights can be easily applied to improve the mental health of people suffering from a wide range of conditions – including the more serious.
http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/stress-to-psychosis.html

You can also take this course ONLINE at a time, place and pace that suits you: http://hgonlinecourses.com/stress-psychosis-online-course

BOOKS
Why we dream: the definitive answer.
How dreaming keeps us sane, or can drive us mad
http://www.humangivens.com/publications/why-we-dream2.html

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/human-givens-book.html - find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVB-02Z7vJw

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation: http://www.hgfoundation.com/how_you_can_help.html



Thank you for reading.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Addiction





From 11-17th May 2015 it's the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

Today we will look at ADDICTION:

Vast numbers of us do things to excess, or have the feeling that it might be difficult to stop doing something, or sometimes wonder why on earth we have just done something that seemed attractive before we did it.

In a well-balanced life, a reasonable amount of natural reward is felt by the human every day, but in a life where essential emotional needs (or human givens ) are not met and abilities are not stretched, the rewards do not come and life feels flat and meaningless. This kind of life is rich territory for addictions to target, as every addictive substance or behaviour either stimulates a reward mechanism or provides a chemical reward directly.

To get away from addictive behaviour it is necessary to understand two things: the way these reward mechanisms work, and the way life should be constructed in order to receive the natural rewards that make addictive activities less attractive.

INFORMATION 
What is addiction and how to beat it: http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/addiction.htm#.VVOOSmZ7vJw
 

Joe Griffin goes back to basics to arrive at a some powerful new insights into the givens of human nature. This article from a 2004 edition of the Human Givens journal explores many of the essential insights the human givens approach is centered on and provides the basis for the most up to date model of addiction available today:
http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/11/hg-library-landmark-article-great.html

TREATING ADDICTION
If you would like professional help with addiction please see our register of Human Givens Therapists: http://www.hgi.org.uk/register/index.htm

Find out how well your emotional needs are being met by taking our emotional needs audit:
http://www.hgi.org.uk/ena/index.htm

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place:
http://blog.humangivens.com/p/self-help-tips.html

TRAINING
Tackling addiction: Understanding and treating all types of addictive behaviour. This course focuses on a greater understanding of the addictive process and what drives it. Choose a date in the city nearest you: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/stopping-addictive-behaviour.html

You can also take this course online at a time, place and pace that suits you: http://hgonlinecourses.com/tackling-addiction-online-course

To learn how to treat addictions choose this course on a date in the nearest city to you:
Brief therapy for stopping addictions – a practical skills-based day: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/stopping-addictions-skillspractice.html

BOOKS
Freedom from addiction: The secret behind successful addiction busting
http://www.humangivens.com/publications/freedom-from-addiction.html

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/human-givens-book.html - find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you. If you know anyone who is suffering from addiction, refer them to a therapist who understands how addiction really works.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVB-02Z7vJw

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation: http://www.hgfoundation.com/how_you_can_help.html

Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Trauma and PTSD

 From 11-17th May 2015 it's the Mental Health Foundation's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

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Today we will look at TRAUMA and PTSD:

There are two kinds of bad memories. Some fade slowly, so that a year or so later the memory of the car crash, or whatever it was, is no longer intrusive, and in time it goes away only to be recalled as an ordinary narrative memory about some unfortunate incident you once experienced.

Traumatic memories do not fade in the same way, and as time goes by they may become worse. These memories are usually connected with a life threatening or other serious event and are more deeply embedded in the brain as a 'survival template'. If they are not treated they may continue to fire off strong emotional reactions at inappropriate moments and thereby cause trouble for the rest of the sufferer's life in the form of #phobias, trauma or PTSD.

PLEASE NOTE: The HGI strongly recommends that the rewind technique be the treatment of choice for anyone suffering from a traumatic memory or full-blown PTSD. This is not only because it is the most consistently effective, non-intrusive technique, but also because it has additional in-built safety factors for lowering emotional arousal.

INFORMATION
What is PTSD and what kind of event can cause it? Treatment for and dealing with PTSD, trauma and phobias: http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/trauma.htm#.VVMR12Z7vJw

The rewind technique is currently the best way to treat trauma. What is it and how does it work? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/rewind-technique.htm#.VVMTTmZ7vJw

Article: How PTSD can be treated so quickly: The shared mechanism behind EMDR, EFT and the rewind technique - Joe Griffin suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder treatments that can yield immediate success share an underlying mechanism, which explains their effect.
http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/08/how-ptsd-can-be-treated-so-quickly.html

TREATING PTSD
If you think you might be suffering from trauma and would like to see an effective therapist trained in the rewind technique, please see our register of Human Givens Therapists: http://www.hgi.org.uk/register/index.htm

If you are a military service veteran with PTSD please contact Resolution, a charity which provides free human givens therapy to military veterans: http://blog.humangivens.com/2013/01/how-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd.html

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place:
http://blog.humangivens.com/p/self-help-tips.html

TRAINING
Learn how to use the rewind technique, the most effective way to treat trauma and PTSD on our popular two-day master course:
The fast trauma (PTSD) and phobia cure:
http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/rewind-technique-training.html

BOOKS

How to master anxiety - All you need to know to overcome stress, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, obsessions and more... http://www.humangivens.com/publications/how-to-master-anxiety.html

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/human-givens-book.html find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you. If you know anyone who is suffering from trauma, refer them to a therapist who understands how to use the rewind technique.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVB-02Z7vJw

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation: http://www.hgfoundation.com/how_you_can_help.html

Thank you for reading.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Anxiety

From 11-17th May 2015 it's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

Today we will look at ‪‎ANXIETY‬:

Anxiety is a gift from nature because it aids survival — none of us would live long if anxiety didn't stop us from taking foolhardy risks! But, like anything else, excessive anxiety can be problematic and become as disabling as any chronic physical illness. Excessive fears and worry, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress reactions are all forms of out of control anxiety.

If you suffer from one of these conditions, or if your days are blighted by continual low-grade anxiety, it can feel as if life your will never be normal again, as if something alien is in control of you. Anxiety leads to depression, so it's important to tackle as soon as you can.

INFORMATION & MENTAL HEALTH TIPS
What is anxiety and how to deal with anxiety attacks: http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/anxiety.htm#.VVCDC2Z7vJw

We worry about unmet emotional needs. What are these needs and how can we get them met? Start here to learn about emotional needs (human givens): http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVDs02Z7vJw

Anxiety and worrying play a big role in the cycle of depression. Find out more about the cycle of depression here:
http://www.lift-depression.com/sleep-depression/the-cycle-of-depression/

Worrying drains your motivation, but how? Here's the answer: http://blog.humangivens.com/2014/12/worrying-drains-your-motivation-but-how.html

Why do you wake up tired after too much worrying? http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/09/why-do-i-wake-up-tired.html

One of the best ways to calm anxiety is to use '7/11 breathing', but what is it and how does it work? http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/10/how-does-deep-breathing-make-you-feel.html

BEAT ANXIETY
If you are have excessive #anxiety and would like to see an effective therapist, please see our register of Human Givens Therapists: http://www.hgi.org.uk/register/index.htm

Strategies to stop worrying: http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/07/how-to-stop-worrying.html

3 ways to relax immediately: http://blog.humangivens.com/2013/11/3-ways-to-relax-immediately.html

What have you got going for you? More than you think: http://blog.humangivens.com/2015/01/what-have-you-got-going-for-you-more.html

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place: http://blog.humangivens.com/p/self-help-tips.html


TRAINING

Take our popular online course on understanding and managing Anxiety: http://hgonlinecourses.com/understanding-anxiety-online-course

Or book a day of face to face training in the UK city nearest you: Understanding Anxiety and managing it without drugs: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/anxiety-management.html

In this year's Mental Health Awareness week there is a focus on how mindfulness can help promote good mental health, especially with anxiety. Take the course that explores how mindfulness can help: Mindfulness in Human Givens practice: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/mindfulness-in-HG-practice.html

BOOKS
How to master anxiety - All you need to know to overcome stress, panic attacks, phobias, trauma, obsessions and more... This self help book by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell is down-to-earth, easy-to-read and a life changer:
http://www.humangivens.com/publications/how-to-master-anxiety.html

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/human-givens-book.html - find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVB-02Z7vJw

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation: http://www.hgfoundation.com/how_you_can_help.html

Thank you for reading.



P.S. - Sign up for a FREE Human Givens Webinar on How to Reduce Anxiety in Students and Young People with Gareth Hughes on Wednesday 3rd June

Monday, 11 May 2015

Mental Health Awareness Week: Depression


 From 11-17th May 2015 it's Mental Health Awareness Week.

To help raise awareness and share useful information we will be taking one common mental health problem every day and providing a master list of links to as many of our resources, articles and information about that topic that we can fit into a blog post!

We encourage you to SHARE, EXPLORE and DISCUSS the information in these posts so we can help change how we view and treat mental health for the better.

Monday's topic is DEPRESSION:

To be deeply depressed is just about the most awful feeling we can experience, apart from sheer terror. It can disable anyone. But the topic is surrounded by false ideas: Depression, as experienced by the vast majority of sufferers for example, is not a biological illness; neither is it 'anger turned inward'; it is not a 'chemical imbalance in the brain' and it is not usefully divided into 'clinical depression', 'post-natal depression' and ordinary 'depression'; and is not, in most cases, hard to come out of.


To be deeply depressed is just about the most awful feeling we can experience, apart from sheer terror. It can disable anyone.

But the topic is surrounded by false ideas: Depression, as experienced by the vast majority of sufferers for example, is not a biological illness; neither is it 'anger turned inward'; it is not a 'chemical imbalance in the brain' and it is not usefully divided into 'clinical depression', 'post-natal depression' and ordinary 'depression'; and is not, in most cases, hard to come out of.

INFORMATION & MENTAL HEALTH TIPS
Published thirteen years ago in a 2002 edition of the Human Givens journal, this article by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell on how depression occurs contains the cornerstones of the #humangivens approach to treating this fast spreading #mentalhealth problem. http://blog.humangivens.com/2013/02/hg-library-how-to-lift-depression.html

Here's our website for anyone wishing to learn more about what causes depression and how to lift it: http://www.lift-depression.com/

7 myths about depression: http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/05/7-myths-about-depression.html

Why people get depressed: http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/Depression.htm

What is the cycle of depression and how can you break it?: http://www.lift-depression.com/sleep-depression/the-cycle-of-depression/

Why post natal depression is no different to any other depression http://blog.humangivens.com/2015/02/why-post-natal-depression-is-no.html

How well are your innate emotional needs being met? Take this exercise to review your emotional needs: http://www.lift-depression.com/our-needs/review-your-emotional-needs/

Too much REM sleep: why do depressed people wake up exhausted? (Over 130,000 people have watched Ivan Tyrrell's video on the link between dreaming and depression) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA3Pc22WmwQ

Interested in the expectation fulfilment theory of dreaming which first revealed the link between depression and the REM state? Explore this website: http://why-we-dream.com/

GET HELP TODAY
If you are #depressed and would like to see an effective therapist, please see our register of Human Givens Therapists: http://www.hgi.org.uk/register/index.htm

What you can do immediately to feel better: http://www.lift-depression.com/lift-depression/what-to-do-now/

How to get meaning back into your life: http://www.lift-depression.com/our-needs/meaning-and-purpose/

Why do I wake up tired? http://blog.humangivens.com/2012/09/why-do-i-wake-up-tired.html

View all our Mental Health Tip blog posts in one place:
http://blog.humangivens.com/p/self-help-tips.html

TRAINING
Take an online training course - How to break the cycle of depression: http://hgonlinecourses.com/depression-online-course

Or book a day of face to face training in the UK city nearest you: How to break the cycle of depression: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/cycle-of-depression.html

In this year's Mental Health Awareness week there is a focus on how mindfulness can help promote good mental health. Take the course that explores how mindfulness can help. Mindfulness in Human Givens practice: http://www.humangivenscollege.com/courses/mindfulness-in-HG-practice.html

BOOKS
How to lift depression... fast: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/how-to-lift-depression-fast.html -This self help book by Ivan Tyrrell and Joe Griffin is a best seller.

Human Givens: A new approach to emotional health and clear thinking: http://www.humangivens.com/publications/human-givens-book.html - find out how the human givens approach can revolutionise mental health treatment.

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Share this post, learn as much as you can about what promotes good mental health and always strive to create a life that meets as many of your innate emotional needs as possible for yourself and everyone around you.

What are our innate emotional needs (human givens)? http://www.hgi.org.uk/archive/human-givens.htm#.VVB-02Z7vJw

How you can support the Human Givens Foundation: http://www.hgfoundation.com/how_you_can_help.html

Thank you for reading.