Mental Health Awareness Week: Organisations join the Green Ribbon Campaign

Mental Health is a major growing issue in the UK with one-in-four people experiencing mental ill-health in any given year. Although when receiving the right support, 70% of people with…

April 17, 2018
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How Partnership Working Impacts UK Holistic Support Programs

Our long-time supporters know us as a devoted follower of the methodology of partnership working. One of the main reasons for adopting partnership working is that it allows us to reach a greater number of people with a more holistic service. If you’re considering partnership working for your own organisation, I’d…

By Raymond Sheehy
June 27, 2017
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Partnership Working in Health and Social Care: The Bridge Perspective

Bridge believes that a holistic approach to wellbeing is required for tackling the UK’s wildfire of chronic illnesses. As Dr Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the World Health Organisation (1948–1953) famously said, “without mental health there can be no true physical health.” While mental and physical health are important elements of wellbeing, research by…

By Raymond Sheehy
June 15, 2017
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How a Holistic View of Health & Wellbeing Brightens the UK’s Future

Few, if any, modern-day healthcare professionals in the UK would refute the intimate link between depression and chronic physical illness. While scientific evidence to prove this multi-directional relationship mostly dates to the past decade, advocacy for a holistic approach to modern medicine can be traced back to the mid-20th-century. Dr…

By Raymond Sheehy
May 16, 2017
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Holistic Wellbeing Services: The Key To Beating Chronic Diseases

The UK health sector is fighting a runaway fire in treating the soaring number of people with long-term medical conditions. Dr Martin McShane, NHS England's director for long-term conditions, warns that the challenge of treating patients with chronic mental and physical illnesses is so great that it could be viewed as the "healthcare…

By Raymond Sheehy
April 6, 2017
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The 1 Factor that Thwarts Your Long-Term Health Care Policy

Community health care programs in the UK are becoming increasingly aware of the need for a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. While stories of the short- to medium-term successes of holistic intervention programs abound, the long-term impact of health care projects and policies can only be known years from now. Or,…

By Raymond Sheehy
March 30, 2017
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Bridge Reduces the Socio-economic Impact of Mental Illness

Mental health recovery is not an overnight matter. After a diagnosis, a journey begins. This may involve hospitalisation before discharge into the community. However, once in the community what then? Many people who receive a mental health diagnosis find themselves at sea navigating ‘the system’. Mental ill health affects every…

By Polly Morgan
March 22, 2017
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Childhood Depression – How to Spot It and What to Do

The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often undiagnosed and untreated because they are passed off as normal emotional changes that occur during growth. The primary symptoms of depression are sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, and mood changes. Signs and symptoms of depression in children include: Irritability or anger Continuous feelings of sadness and…

By Polly Morgan
March 8, 2017
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Bridge Conference: Holistic Wellbeing Strategies for the Community

Bridge’s 30th anniversary conference was a fantastic success. With excellent keynote speakers and a packed audience, delegates lauded the exciting discussion about best practice in mental health and wellbeing across the country. Bridge CEO, Raymond Sheehy who hosted the conference said: “We decided to put on the conference to celebrate our anniversary and…

By Polly Morgan
March 3, 2017
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Reducing Health Care Cost by Investing in Holistic Interventions

The UK’s failure to provide adequate mental health care is costing us nearly £17 billion per year in late interventions. Apart from the escalated medical expense of treating acute and chronic conditions compared to the cost of early interventions, untreated mental illness snowballs into a costly affair across the public sector.…

By Raymond Sheehy
February 28, 2017
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8 Good Reasons for Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care

In the UK, common mental illnesses affect the lives of up to 26% of young women and 9% of young men directly. If left untreated, it creates an enormous toll of suffering, disability and economic loss for the affected individual, their family, their community, and as a result, the UK economy.…

By Raymond Sheehy
February 22, 2017
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