I have been lucky enough to train in NLP with one of the world's best, Sue Knight.  I have studied with her, she has mentored me and changed my world and empowered me to help many, many clients.
We empower clients with the tools of self love, self appreciation and excellent communication skills, all of this the fountain of knowledge gained using NLP and mindfulness.
I'm very grateful I have been able to run successful workshops, create a space and build a community where clients can restore themselves once again, build a sturdy support  network and feel safe once more.

We are often asked questions such as; "If someone out there thinks they are experiencing depression what should they be looking out for? What signs might point to a mental health issue?"

Well, many of us will feel down from time to time, but you may notice at some stage in your life that you've actually been feeling low for a couple of weeks or more, or that the low feeling returns over and over again, which could mean that your potentially experiencing depression.

Symptoms of mental health problems vary person to person, but there are common symptoms of depression to look out for.  Someone might feel restless, numb or helpless, lose interest in sex, sleep too much or too little, and gain no pleasure from things they used to enjoy.  Those experiencing depression can often become disconnected from other people so may find themselves withdrawing from contact with friends or family.

At it's most severe, someone may feel like there's no point in the future, or even - in some cases- think about suicide; so it's really important to recognise any symptoms as early as possible and seek out help to try to avoid this.

What is the first thing they should do if they want help?

Well, seeking help is absolutely one of the most important things you do if you feel like you're experiencing a mental health problem.  The first step is to speak to someone - it could be a friend or family member you trust, or speaking to your GP who can talk you through the support that's available.  We know that talking to your GP might seem a little daunting for some, sometimes this can be an extra thing to worry about.  But the support is out there as mental health is becoming SO recognised now.

How important is it to share your worries and fears with someone?

It's really very important to talk to the people close to you about how you are feeling as having a support system in place, like a family member or a friend to talk to can be a huge help.  If you've talked through your mental health problems with someone in the past, it also makes it easier for people to pick up on changes in your behaviour and give you support should you need it again.  Talking about your worries, fears or mental health is also the most powerful tool in breaking down the stigma that sometime still surrounds mental health.  Everyone has mental health, so it's important for us to make sure that problems aren't seen as anything to be ashamed of.

At restore , we strongly believe that this generation can be more open about mental health problems than any generation before.

Why do some people choose to shut off and not speak when they're struggling?

The fear of being judged or isolated.  The way that some people potentially think and act about mental health can silence people at a time when they need support the most.  It's important that everyone feels able to talk about their mental health problems without fearing the attitude of others.  There are things we can do as a society though to help change this...

Our workshops help you find your tools., this is a topic we will be exploring over the coming weeks, keep a look out each Monday for our new blog.

Have a wonderful week,

Joanne x