Mental Health and Restoration Peace

I subscribe to an email list from Dr Caroline Leaf (she's an amazing neuro-scientist in case you are interested in that kind of thing) and today I received an email that was so great I had to share it with you.

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She was talking about how the sad passing of Carrie Fisher was, and how we had seen people talking about how amazing she was for her strength of character and her determination to overcome the challenges she faced in her tragically short life, and rightly so. She was a remarkable woman, compassionate, kind, and a successful career woman despite her circumstances, both as a recovering drug addict and someone who suffered from bi-polar disorder.

Fewer people are talking about the possible link between her heart attack and her psychiatric medication. As mental health activist Corinna West shows, “new antipsychotics cause weight gain, diabetes, and a bunch of other risk factors associated with heart disease.” We have to take these risk factors seriously. We are not merely talking about statistics—we are talking about real people.

Sadly, individuals suffering from mental health issues “die, on average, 25 years earlier that the general population.” These medications are incredibly dangerous, and we have to start asking ourselves, as the investigative journalist and mental health campaigner Robert Whitaker notes, if the benefits of these drugs truly outweigh the risks.

I also listened to a great TEDtalk this week on the surprising role of nutrition in mental health. If you don't already follow Restoration Health on facebook and you haven't seen it, you can watch it below.

The thing is, as mentioned in the TEDtalk, there doesn't seem to be a magic bullet, one size fits all, mental health treatment, like the pharmaceutical companies would have us believe. I've said it before, and I will say it over and over again, our bodies are unique. No two people were created the same. Even 'identical' twins have different epigenomes.

This is why it is so important to take responsibility for your own health. Yes, seek the advice of medical professionals, but a ten minute appointment with your GP is only long enough to hand out generic, might work for some people, advice. If you really want to get healthy, you need to get educated and experiment with your diet and lifestyle choices.

With that in mind, one way to look after your mental health and emotional well-being is to regularly take time out to pray, meditate, relax or destress. We're hosting an event at Kings House this Thursday to help you do just that. It's called Restoration Peace

There'll be mood lighting, music, people to talk to if you need, or just a cup of tea and a blanket, to take time out from the chaos around you and fully relax. No expectations of you, no pressure to do anything but just be.

We're going to try to run them once a month, so if you can make it along, then try to book it in. You might also like to check out some of the other events on our page. We plan to host a 'Creating Healthy Habits' seminar on the last Tuesday of each month, so block that out and join us as we discuss small changes you can make each month that will have a lasting impact on your health. 


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