Mental Health Awareness Week – How complementary therapies can benefit mental health & well-being

During Mental Health Awareness Week we’ve taken time to reflect on how massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and other complementary therapies are being used to help support people with mental health conditions. So many can and do benefit from complementary therapy and the complementary therapist-patient relationship. Such as those affected by dementia, who may typically experience agitation, confusion and poor sleep patterns. Stress, anxiety, and mild depression are also at the root of a range of chronic conditions/symptoms prompting many to visit their GP, along with loneliness, particularly in the elderly. We know that a great deal of amazing work is being done in this area by complementary therapists across the UK and that’s why the Award for mental health and well-being is such an important category in the Complementary Therapy Awards.

If you are working with people with mental health problems or perhaps those seeking to build up their resilience and well-being we want to hear about it. Tell us about how you are helping, for example, those suffering from dementia, anxiety, mild depression, loneliness, burn-out or work-related stress.

Criteria – The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • Clearly thought out project plan or service initiative.
  • Background research and use of evidence, patient stories and case studies
  • Partnership working
  • Outcomes beneficial to patients or clients
  • Relevance and transferability to other settings or services.

You will need to

  • Describe your work or project in 50 words
  • Tell us more about the background, your aims and objectives and any evidence that shaped your plans (200 words)
  • Tell us about how you worked with others, for example NHS, local government or charity colleagues (100 words)
  • What were the benefits for your patients or clients? (100 words)
  • What are the key messages for others wanting to do something similar? (100 words)


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