Choosing Heating or Mental Health?

In the UK some people are facing the decision to pay for heating or for their mental health. 12 years of planned austerity from the “Neo-Con” political system of the United Kingdom has caused huge cuts not just to mental health services in the NHS, but also the supporting charities. The supporting charities used to provide counselling services or quasi-counselling services (such as listening and well-being interventions).

Mental health services in the UK have never been well-funded, in comparison to other areas of funding in the UK, which despite having a global reputation is actually rather patchy under the surface.  

Many people unfortunately fall-short of the requirements for mental health support. They may not fit the exact categories of mental health services or have conditions, such as, chronic depression that fail to meet the requirements for a thorough intervention. However, even issues that do not require hospitalisation or an immediate threat to self or others can still cause major problems for an individual suffering from them.

People with personality disorders, chronic depression and nonspecific anxiety issues have problems within the quality of their life in multiple areas. They may suffer from relationship problems, work related issues, motivation, stress from within the family and even substance misuse issues.

This is why some people are weighing whether to keep the heating on or go see a private specialist.

As this BBC News article reports:

A lady is choosing to pay £100 a week to see a specialist in order to deal with her mental health concerns. Although it may seem like a terrible sacrifice it may very well be a good, but indeed difficult choice. 

I can’t pretend that therapy is cheap or indeed affordable for some but it can make changes to a person’s life that are certainly worth the money and time it takes to go to therapy. 

My route into becoming a therapist myself was through a prolonged disenchantment with my life and where I was in the world. I had sought help from the NHS but their reliance on medication, baffling approach to talk therapy and lack of care made me seek out help from a private therapist.  

I wasn’t in a great financial position when entering into therapy but I thought there had to be more than what the NHS was offering, eventually I found the right person and I really excelled from there onwards. I was able to deal with anxiety, control depressive thoughts and build a meaning relationship. I achieve stability in my studying (I was very young at the time) and I went on to build a meaningful career.

Sometimes I actually do wonder with an air of dread, what would have become of me if I had relied on the NHS for help?

Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

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