Why do you think your community needs anxiety support in particular at this time in their lives?
We are living in what has been classed as a ‘permacrisis’, launching from one crisis to another such as Brexit, the pandemic, the cost of living and energy crisis, the war in Ukraine, the impact of social media, marginalisation and so on. Modern life sometimes feels like it increases our susceptibility to mental health problems.
Depression and anxiety disorders have all become more common over the last 30 years, as have addiction, ADHD and autism. However, rather than always seeing ourselves as ‘broken’ we need to also appreciate that in many cases we actually have a functioning nervous system that is responding correctly to a society that is filled with crisis.
Despite increased numbers of individuals struggling with their mental health, external accessible support such as counselling services are not yet able to meet this need. The world is not changing anytime soon and so providing fast moving and responsive support that can be accessed easily by individuals is essential.
Partnering with Mental Health Innovations and gaining access to the Shout text support service offers exactly this type of support.
How do you use the partnership you have with MHI to help support your community even further with their mental health?
Mental Health Innovations is built on digital and clinical expertise and is therefore able to provide reliable and current support. At Aspire, we can rely on this to ensure our approach and advice is grounded by research evidence and best practice. The partnership also offers us the ability to understand where the mental health crisis is going and how best to respond.