How to Design a Self-Care Prescription for Depression

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Health Assured team

02 March 2017

As a clinical psychologist, Mary Pipher, PhD, designed “healing packages” for her patients: activities, resources, and comforts to help them recover from trauma. Then, after Dr. Pipher’s book Reviving Ophelia became a runaway best-seller, she herself suffered from an episode of major depression and designed a healing package of her own.   “The essence of my personal healing package,” she describes in her book Seeking Peace, “was to keep my life as simple and quiet as possible and to allow myself sensual and small pleasures.” She created a mini-retreat center in her home and modified the ancient ways of calming troubled nerves to fit her lifestyle.   Excerpt from Psych Central, for more information on Piphers healing package click here.   Mental Health (Depression) Support from Health Assured Presenting issues related to ‘Mental health’ account for around 35% of contacts into our services, making this the most common reason that individuals seek support.   Our counsellors have vast experience in supporting individuals who are suffering with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and stress. They recognise the impacts that such conditions can have in areas of an individual’s personal, social and work life, and the importance of improving their wellbeing in order that they can flourish.   We have demonstrable experience in supporting individuals experiencing presenting issues related to ‘Mental health’. Across our portfolio of clients, we see the following positive impacts of our counselling support for such presenting issues:
  • 57% reduction in levels of anxiety.
  • 59% reduction in depression levels.
  • 36% reduction in those out of work at the end of therapy.

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