Topic: Mental health

Everything we do is about mental health. These articles explore specific issues, approaches and research that can be useful to understand from a mental health perspective when implementing ACT.

Neurodiversity celebration week – Supporting the mental health of people with neurodivergence

Neurodiversity celebration week is a global initiative that seeks to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding neurological differences. The campaign aims to transform the perception and support of neurodivergent individuals by providing educational institutions and organisations with the chance to acknowledge the numerous talents and advantages that come with being neurodivergent. By encouraging inclusive and equitable […]

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Exploring the dual nature of perfectionism and how ACT therapy can support

Superpower or supervillain? Perfectionism, often seen as a hallmark of high achievers, has long been praised for its ability to drive individuals towards excellence. However, beneath its shiny exterior lies a complex psychological trait that can be both a blessing and a curse, so we decided to explore the dichotomy of perfectionism, exploring both its […]

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Exploring the effectiveness of ACT in easing stress among adolescents – a meta analytic review

The power of acceptance In today’s fast-paced world, stress has become increasingly prevalent among children and adolescents, posing significant risks to their mental and physical well-being. In the quest to combat this rising issue, Binder et al. (2023) turned their attention to acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis titled […]

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ACT as a workplace intervention: A path to employee well-being and performance

The importance of well-being at work At long last, many organisations are finally beginning to recognise the importance of employee well-being and performance. When employees are well taken care of, they experience higher job satisfaction and engagement, which can lead to increased productivity and efficiency. Satisfied employees are more likely to go the extra mile, […]

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Reflections on an enriching year: Contextual Consulting 2023 highlights

As we begin to wind down 2023 and eagerly embrace the new year, we thought it would be a perfect time to take a moment and appreciate the extraordinary journey we have had at Contextual Consulting this year. It’s been an enriching time filled with workshops, supervision sessions, therapy, and impactful charity work. Or if […]

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Self-harming and suicidality – red flags and effective responses

The stark reality: understanding the prevalence of suicide and self-harm The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health1 looks at data from the years 2009 to 2019. It is worth considering that the landscape of mental health during the COVID pandemic and in the aftermath, has definitely become bleaker. Factors such as […]

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Perfectionism: dangerous obsession or harmless competition?

Your opinion of perfectionism may well depend on your age, sex and economic ‘success’ in life. To the comfortably off, professional middle class or recently retired age groups, working long and hard hours “never did anyone any harm”. If you’re in your twenties and early thirties, it may be a completely different story. This constant […]

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A systematic review of the use of ACT to treat adult Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Brief summary of the paper: This review evaluates literature on the use of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to treat adult obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The review includes both published articles and unpublished theses and dissertations to increase the breadth of the review. 17 studies with 336 participants were included The current evidence suggests that ACT can be used to […]

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Contextual Consulting event success supports ACBS Developing Nations Training Fund

Dr Joe Oliver and Dr Ray Owen are thrilled with the success of their charity training event, “Facing the Storm” in aid of the Developing Nations Training Fund. Over 450 health and social care professionals, community support workers and spiritual carers attended and US $5,000 (£4,000) was raised to fund scholarships for professionals in the […]

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How to make difficult decisions in a crisis

We are making decisions the whole time. Tea or coffee? Netflix or news? Sit on the chair or the sofa? Scratch that itch with the left hand or the right – or not at all? Many of these decisions are unnoticeably small, and their consequences are slight. Other decisions may seem small but can have […]

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Mental health and neurodiversity in young people: what can we do?

The picture currently painted by NHS Digital1 in England is clear; sadly the scale of poor mental health in our population of children and young people is staggering.  In their report dated November 22 from the MHCYP 2017 survey, which has data from 2017, 2020 and 2021, 18% of children between 7 and 16 and […]

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Co-operation, language and the compassionate perspective

While co-operation, as a set of behaviours, is not unique to humans, the degree to which we co-operate is. The vehicle for this is human language, which developed out of the need of our ancestors to convey increasingly complex and abstract notions to others in their group. Higher level abstract communication allowed for the development […]

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