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Mental health leaders are integral to the transformation of the field because these specialists are better equipped to advocate for their patients than other mental health professionals who have not undergone leadership training.
Leaders are professionals who are senior in their field, with substantial experience in areas like public health, psychiatry, and nursing. Because of the stigma surrounding mental illness, it is often difficult to secure funding and resources for patients who need it.
Mental health leaders can provide better care for patients by developing access to care, liaising with hospital administration, departments in Government, as well as funders, to bring the best care possible to their patients.
These actions make up the crux of mental health leadership – policy planning, the promotion of service development, and establishing beneficial relationships. In this way, mental health leaders help to transform mental health care from the more conventional individual patient treatment to an integrated multi-disciplinary system designed to provide patients with access to better resources and care.
The importance of finding the right mental health care practitioner
Suppose you are struggling with anxiety, depression or any other mental health condition. In that case, it can be challenging to find a mental health care provider. Let alone the right one for you. Although no mental health clinic or practitioner has the same modus operandi, you need to find one that suits you.
It is essential to realise that there are a lot of different mental health clinics doing exceptional clinical work. It can also sometimes be intimidating finding a mental health care provider, due to the stigma still having an impact on seeking help.
Taking Your Power Back
One in six South Africans has a mental health disorder. Because of the stigma and prejudice surrounding mental health issues, there is little to no support for people in this demographic. When a government doesn't adequately address mental illness, instances of chronic absenteeism in the workforce become more pronounced.
The quality of work decreases and employees are less effective and productive. Considering the prevalence of mental illness in South Africa and the fact that the relative government departments do not prioritise mental health, it stands to reason that the impact on the economy of a workforce struggling with problems related to mental illness can only be a negative one.
If we look back at how this year has impacted us mentally, we start realising that mental health conditions are much more prevalent than we thought. We also start noticing the lack of support from the Government in this regard, which will eventually lead to detrimental consequences.
By prioritising mental health and providing patients with the appropriate care, the consequences will not only impact the individual but the socio economic climate as well. At ZwavelStream, we understand the limitations and impact of the political and socio-economic environment on mental wellbeing.
Our mental health professionals are leaders in their respective fields, which puts them in a unique position to provide enhanced patient care through effective advocacy.
Influences like stigma and prejudice can negatively affect an individual's mental state, and it is because of this that we deal with our patients in a manner that is professional and respectful to restore and maintain their dignity. By providing support, understanding, and access to private psychiatric care, we establish a foundation on which healing can begin.
Mental health treatments available to you at Zwavelstream clinic
At Zwavelstream clinic, we aim to form a healthy support system for those who need it most. Your wellbeing comes first to us, and therefore we open up our doors to you. Our primary goal is to provide effective treatment and support in a de-institutionalised setting that gets rid of the entire stigma. We offer all our patients programs centred around them, which includes integrative healing for holistic wellness.
The medical leaders at Zwavelstream clinic help people who struggle with mental illness through various treatments and support systems.
The treatments include but aren't limited to:
- Mixed therapeutic procedures and treatment programmes
- Adolescent and youth programs
- Frequently encountered mental health conditions.
- Group sessions
- Individual sessions
- Physical therapy
- Recreational activities
Benefits of group sessions
Group therapy holds numerous benefits for people who struggle with mental health conditions. During group therapy, people come together, which forms the foundation of your support, under the guidance of a well-trained group therapist.
Below are five significant benefits you will receive during group therapy:
- It helps you realise that you're not alone in this.
- It facilitates receiving and giving support to one another.
- Group therapy can help you find your 'voice'.
- It also helps an individual to relate to others in the same circumstance.
- Last but not least, group therapy serves as a safety net.
Benefits of individual sessions
Individual sessions serve as an excellent resource for people who struggle with mental health disorders. During these individual sessions, people learn to cope with their condition, which sets them on a path to wellness.
Individual sessions are considered helpful for a couple of reasons. The benefits include:
- Greater self-awareness
- In-depth self-exploration
- Identifying boundaries
- Improved communication skills
- Healthy coping skills
- Benefits of physical therapy
There's a distinct link between being physically active and a healthy mental state. Researchers have found that the effect of exercise is comparable to that of anti-depressive medications. After physical activity, the brain releases feel-good endorphins and along with training comes a positive body image.
Physical therapy improves patient's coping strategies and quality of life. Some of the benefits of physical therapy include:
- It reduces symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Improves the quality of your sleep.
- Exercise tends to improve self-esteem and perceived self-worth.
- After your workout, you feel accomplished and successful.
- Exercise improves brain functionality.
- And it generally improves your mood.
Recreational activities at Zwavelstream clinic
Zwavelstream Clinic is set in the Bronberg, with lush vegetation and manicured gardens. Here you can enjoy a picnic on nature's doorstep or socialise among more than 120 bird species and various wildlife. For the more active people, we offer recreational activities such as volleyball, table tennis or putting on the mini-green.
You can also enjoy quality time at the library or watch a DVD at your leisure. Our ethos integrates nature because we believe it to be one of the world's best doctors. The vast, beautiful landscape at Zwavelstream clinic offers you a peaceful and tranquil experience whilst you receive first-class support and treatment. Our staff makes a difference!
According to the opinions of specialists in this field, the psychological state of millennials can be likened to a mental health crisis. Individuals from this generation have markedly higher reports of stress, anxiety, and depression than generations that came before, like the baby boomers and generation X.
Not only is this crisis affecting general wellbeing, but it has a significant impact on the millennial workforce, who have high levels of absenteeism, or the equally detrimental antithesis – working despite having their function impaired by mental illness. The result is a generation of young adults with high potential, being held back by the limitations of mental illness.
Extensive research has shown how meditation can positively affect mental health. It reduces anxiety, promotes better sleep, improves concentration, and lifts the mood.
Mindful meditation as a tool for combatting stress and anxiety works very well, and is implemented by our psychologists.
When it comes to navigating the often stormy waters of mental illness on a day-to- day basis, adequate management and organisational skills are very important.
Our occupational therapists help patients develop and institute strategies for coping and self-care that are healthy and serve their goal of achieving and maintaining a sense of mental wellbeing.
People with mental illness often feel isolated in their struggle. By providing group therapy sessions, we give patients the opportunity to learn about their condition from different perspectives, and to share their experiences with people who understand what they are going through.
We also encourage visits from family and friends as a way to establish and maintain healthy relationships.
Our mental health leaders are effective advocates for patients struggling to lead a fulfilling life with mental illness. Work is an especially big factor in this, where policies are not always helpful to someone in their current state.
Absenteeism is a real problem, but so is working even though general functioning is reduced. In these matters, communication is opened between our mental health specialists and employers, to try and develop policies that are inclusive and diverse in order to best serve people with mental illness.
Our approach to effectively treat mental health conditions is to provide you with holistic private mental health treatment. These treatments are tailor-made to your needs, and it is our goal to get you feeling restored and renewed to meet life's challenges with confidence.
Should you or a loved one need specialist mental health care, Zwavelstream is here for you.
Here you will be greeted by our friendly staff, and you will undoubtedly receive first-class mental health support and treatment in a peaceful setting that's completely de-stigmatised. Get in touch with us today so that we can help you make the most out of life and renew your sense of purpose, belonging and happiness.