Why Mental health?

In recent years, mental health has gone from being on the margins of society, to being right at its heart

From something that was seen as only affecting 'damaged' or 'abnormal' people, it has become ubiquitous in our consciousness. News stories, books, social media, television, films, art, music and conversations are now filled with references to mental health.

A whole industry is now founded on helping people with their mental health.  There are advocates, experts, and opinions wherever we look.  Thousands of articles, self-help books, and online posts are produced every day.  This is a wonderful improvement on how things used to be.

However, while following these developments, Dr Simon Rowbottom has become concerned that the area is becoming confusing and bewildering for the majority of people seeking to understand what mental health actually means to them.

Opinion, dogma, and contention surround the field of mental health.  What this means for the individual seeking to understand it, is that they find themselves reading conflicting advice that is often not relevant to them.

Dr Simon Rowbottom, through his Balanced Psychology business, seeks to redress this by providing education, talks, and training that are accessible, understandable, engaging, and relatable.  He gives a conceptualisation of mental health that has been developed through research and thousands of hours of client work and has been specifically written for the lay person.

By noting the patterns that he has seen in his client work with common mental health issues, he has come to see that how people understand, comprehend, and make sense of their mental health is a vital component of well-being.  He aims to normalise our emotional, psychological, and behavioural reactions and reduce the medicalised view that often feels outdated and unhelpful.

His talks are created to bridge the gap between dry, technical, and medicalised explanations of mental health, and the proliferation of enthusiastic, well-meaning, but often ill-informed advocates.

By working with companies, he aims to improve organisational health and well-being, develop and enhance performance, and avoid the inevitability of short and long-term sick leave through mental health difficulties.