Battling Burnout?

Burnout is something  many clients visit a counsellor for – often describing it in relation to work and family commitments.

Of course there can be more to it than that and as the below article from the Irish Times articulates, an exact definition is elusive..

Our brief mental health checkup is a simple way to provide a structured reflective space to examine how you may be feeling in terms of your mental health overall.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/are-you-burnt-out-1.3152333

Economic Boom & Bust – The “business cycle” and mental health

Over the past seven years my community based work as a therapist and in advocacy roles has put me face to face with the harsh effects of economic recession.

I have worked with many individuals & families experiencing first hand the effects of sudden homelessness,  unexpected unemployment and serious accommodation issues to name but a few.

These experiences have repeatedly brought home to me how economic recession and the “boom bust” nature of the business cycle has serious implications for the nations mental health.

As we experience a new part of this cycle,  it is worth pausing to think about whether our current approach to areas like health, housing and employment has evolved at all in light of recent experiences.

This becomes more urgent when considering impending changes to global corporate tax policy, Brexit and our growing/ageing population are all likely to figure in the next phase of this cycle.

The below article highlights results of research led by Trinity College Dublin (based on the Growing Up in Ireland study)  and puts some data and context behind the discussion.

https://www.tcd.ie/news_events/articles/recession-damages-mental-health-of-families-new-study/6073

Counselling support for women who have had abortions

Abortion is an emotive, divisive topic often discussed with a  judgmental tone that can leave many women feeling alienated.

The below article from the Irish Independent discusses significant gaps in Irish counselling supports for women who have undergone an abortion.

Having worked with a number of women whose mental health has been affected by their experience of abortion in this country, I think it is worth pausing to consider the reality of the current situation in 2017.

Are the current support systems across the Republic of Ireland adequate for women who either choose or are forced to undergo an abortion?  Is the experience different for women not linked to the national maternity hospitals?  What support is there for those using abortion pills?

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/gaps-in-counselling-services-for-women-who-have-had-abortions-citizens-assembly-hears-35349281.html