Mental Health Awareness Week and the SEJ

 “If you know how to manage your thoughts and emotions;

 then stress, fear, anxiety, depression, all these will fall away from you.”


Jacqueline Mary Phillips

The issue:


Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.


This year it falls on the same week as SATs for year 6 children in primary schools. On social media a teacher commented that they are pretty sure that getting rid of the second week would lessen the need for the first in schools considerably.


On the news this week, as pupils began their SATs and GCSEs, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman said even “talking about them can raise anxiety.”


National mental health director Claire Murdoch has also said; "Everyone who works with children and young people, whether in the public, private or voluntary sector, has to play their part if we are to protect young people's mental wellbeing."


The Solution:


What we think about our ‘body image’, whether outside or inside, is a distortion projected from our mind. It doesn’t represent the ‘true’ picture. For as long as we believe these distorted images of ourselves and it is played over and over in our minds we will suffer. It is not enough to say to those who have body image issues, that ‘they look fine’, to suggest positive thinking, as telling someone with a limiting belief something positive simply doesn’t work.


The number of young people in hospitals who suffer from these mental health conditions are proof. They need to dissolve the belief which projects these distorted images. The SEJ process will enable an individual to question the truth of the thoughts they have and change the emotional and physical reaction to these thoughts.


We often blame social media or the pressures the schools place on SATS and Exams results. The solution lies much closer to home; we each need to take ownership and responsibility of becoming ‘aware’ of our distorted images, then using the powerful tool that is the SEJ process to dissolve these limiting beliefs. Why not be even more empowering and equip these young people to empower themselves by sharing the SEJ with them? There is nothing more powerful than knowing and having the tools to change the problem into a solution and that we are the ones who can enable us to do so.


You might also like to look at this empowering video ‘How can the SEJ help with depression?‘


Dr M Howard-Kishi

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