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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Professional counselling is a safe and confidential collaboration between the counsellor and clients to promote mental health and wellbeing, enhance self-understanding, and resolve identified concerns. Clients are active participants in the counselling process at every stage.
Counsellors work with children, young people, adults, couples, families and groups. Counselling may be short term, long term, or over a lifetime, according to clients’ needs.Counsellors are fully present with their clients, using empathy and deep listening to establish positive working relationships.
Counselling is effective when clients feel safe, understood, respected, and accepted without judgement.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a treatable anxiety disorder affecting around 3 million Australians at some time in their lives.
It happens when fear, anxiety and memories of a traumatic event don't go away. The feelings last for a long time and interfere with how people cope with everyday life.
If a person with PTSD has feelings of self-harm or suicide, this is a medical emergency. Dial triple zero (000) for an ambulance, or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
A life coach is someone professionally trained to help you maximize your full potential and reach your desired results.
They are like a supportive friend and a trusted adviser rolled into one. They’re someone who will push you to identify your goals, hold you accountable and provide encouragement throughout your journey to become a better version of yourself.
Life coaches complete extensive training that teaches them how to ask the right questions, communicate effectively and get to the heart of your needs and desires in life.
Recovery coaching provides assistance for participants to build capacity and resilience through strong and respectful relationships to support people with psychosocial disability to live a full and contributing life.
This support is designed to be ble to maintain engagement through periods of increased support needs due to the episodic nature of mental illness. Recovery coaches work collaboratively with participants, families, carers and other services to identify, plan, design and coordinate supports.
The work of psychosocial recovery coaches requires lived and/or learnt experience.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological treatment that has been demonstrated to be effective for a range of problems including depression, anxiety disorders, alcohol and drug use problems, marital problems, eating disorders, and severe mental illness.
Numerous research studies suggest that CBT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life.
CBT is an approach for which there is ample scientific evidence that the methods that have been developed actually produce change. In this manner, CBT differs from many other forms of psychological treatment.
Play therapy is a form of psychotherapy and can be effective in helping children through emotional and mental issues.
Children often use play to express themselves and navigate the world and play therapy takes advantage of this. Play therapy is primarily used with children.
Although, it can also be used with adults. It is typically used with children who are aged between 3 and 12.
The primary goal of play therapy is to help children who might struggle with expressing themselves or their emotions to express themselves through play.
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It encompasses the biological influences, social pressures, and environmental factors that affect how people think, act, and feel.
Gaining a richer and deeper understanding of psychology can help people achieve insights into their own actions as well as a better understanding of other people.
There are numerous types of psychology and we assist in identifying and referring clients to the right psychologist in our vast network of mental health professionals.
Positive Behaviour Support, or Specialist Behaviour Intervention Support, involves intervening to improve a person’s life, particularly where they have been showing challenging behaviours.
Challenging behaviour means behaviour that is often complex, unpredictable and difficult to understand.
The types of behaviour can include: self-harming, aggression, property damage, and more. These behaviours can impact on a person's life and make it difficult for others to support them.
A behaviour support plan is a document prepared in consultation with the person with disability, their family, carers, and other support people that addresses the needs of the person identified as having complex behaviours of concern.
The behaviour support plan contains evidence-informed strategies and seeks to improve the person’s quality of life.
The aim of positive behaviour support is to reduce and eliminate restrictive practices. There is a primary emphasis on upholding the rights of the person with disability by looking to support the person through evidence-informed, person-centred strategies reflected in a behaviour support plan.
AHAF serves the community by connecting children, youths, adults, those living with disability or other challenges and the aged to the right services and providers for them. Contact us today to help you.