We at Incontact are bringing our professional expertise in a series of Mental Health webinar in order for you to gain more awareness and techniques around your own mental health. We will be using our knowledge and expertise in CBT, Mindfulness, EMDR and our diverse experience gained working with a variety of clients with mental health issues. We will share what we have learnt and what we incorporate in our own lives especially during this Covid time when we all have had to adapt to major change.
Tuesday 23rd March at 12.30pm- 1.30 pm
1. What’s the big deal with mental health?
This webinar introduces and demystifies the topic of mental health. Our physical health is something we are taught to care for from a young age. Colds, broken limbs, and acne are issues we are presented with practical solutions for. Mental health – the act of self-care and being mindful of one’s own thoughts and feelings, is more taboo. It is something we learn to struggle quietly with and attempt to rectify in secret, if at all. Discussing mental health and looking at the challenges it presents as something that is normal, healthy, and essential to the overall wellbeing, is the first step towards building a society comprised of individuals that are strong and productive. If we are to ignore our mental health, and to let it slowly degrade – like a rash that goes untreated, it can take over our lives and bodies in a manner that is dangerous. To avoid going into crisis, we must address and discuss the ways in which we can care for our mind, and how we are able to keep it in good shape.
Wednesday 24th March at 12.30pm- 1.30 pm
2. What’s the secret to achieving mental strength?
In the second part of our webinar series, we begin to address the tools that are needed in the box of resources that we must access to strengthen our mental health. It is impossible to confront or resolve roadblocks that exist in our minds without having the language and introspection to identify what is going wrong, and thus self-awareness is the most useful tool that we can utilize. A connection to our internal selves is what is required to cope with external triggers. Society has taught us that to be self-involved, or self-aware is inherently negative. We want to turn this notion on its head and argue that being self-aware is the key to unlocking the harmful habits we have developed in regard to our mental health.
Thursday 25th March at 12.30pm- 1.30 pm
3. Understanding and recognizing depression
In the third part of our webinar series, we delve into the specific affliction of depression and the insidious ways that it inserts itself into our consciousness. It is easy to internalize a feeling of depression or a depressive episode, making it feel as though it is part of our personalities or dispositions. We believe that in order to overcome depression it must externalized. It is an experience that can be undergone, not a permanent state of being that is unapproachable. This segment outlines the different types of depression and how to realize when it is turning from a moment in time to a crisis.
31st March at 12.30pm- 1.30 pm
4. So we know what depression is, how can we tackle it?
In the fourth part of our webinar series, we explore how to cope with depression realistically. It is one thing to understand that you are experiencing depression, but it is another battle to learn how to overcome it. Fortunately, it is completely possible to treat depression with a variety of techniques that call attention to our thought processes. Depression must be accepted – we know that it is a part of us, but it is not our entire being. Depression can be dangerous as it is often suffered alone. We emphasize the importance of articulating our depressive or negative thoughts, understanding them, and reevaluating their power. This webinar episode will call attention to specific tools like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, thought diaries, and bodily relaxation techniques that can ease the symptoms of depression.
them to cope with their issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy, designating ‘worry time’, identifying anxious thoughts, and managing the bodily sensations of anxiety are just some of the systems that we explore to treat anxiety and stress. Anxiety can manifest itself physically in our bodies, resulting in hyperventilation, a feeling of sickness in the gut, and sleeplessness. This particular webinar aims to both explain and soothe the symptoms of anxiety, making it feel conquerable and not like a losing game.