Police plan to roll out mental health hypnotherapy program

Police are planning to roll out a new mental health program after hypnotherapy proved effective in a pilot trial.

The trial helped Northumbria Police staff suffering from anxiety and depression recover, with 80 per cent losing all symptoms.

The program used solution-focused hypnotherapy, SFH, which uses the best parts of a range of therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy, CBT and neuro-linguistic treatment, NLP, to help their patients.

A report on the trial was written by Dr Emma Treby who worked with police personnel and Dr Emily Barney, a clinical psychologist who has worked with the NHS and in mental health services for almost 20 years.

According to the report, at the end of the trial, all of those who completed treatment said they had improved and nearly 80% were free of symptoms such as sleep disturbances, hypervigilance, self-medication and anger issues.

Over 80% showed an increase in their well-being score and over 90% had improved sleep.

Those who took part in the trial also no longer had symptoms of PTSD, but the majority did not even know they had PTSD, although it affected their health and ability to function.

Additionally, after treatment, staff reported that he was able to maintain his perspective better, deal with challenges, was calmer and slept better, and found improvements in his work life and his personal life.

This is promising for the future of mental health care among police personnel if the pilot moves to a full program, as mental health affects around 70% of police officers and more than half require some form of therapy, according to a report. investigation.

And as the charity for serving and veteran police and personnel, Police Care, has found, many have not received help due to fear of feeling or being seen as vulnerable and this perception can lead to damage to their career.

Gary Johannes, a Peterborough-based clinical hypnotherapist and lecturer from Inspired to Change, who sponsored the programme, said: “Working in an emergency department is a rewarding and invaluable role, but it is undoubtedly a challenge. .”

The difficult nature is undoubtedly attributed to the fact that officers are more frequently exposed to traumatic events ranging from traffic collisions to murders and a higher likelihood of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder compared to people working in other workplaces. other jobs.

“While we can’t eliminate the stress and trauma they regularly face, SFH can provide them with the tools to manage it effectively and over the long term.”

Helen Murphy, People’s Welfare and Partnerships Manager at Northumbria Police, said: ‘We have seen a marked positive change in those who have taken part in the pilot, following the sessions.

“They were more comfortable talking about their mental health, said they had better relationships and were more effective at work.”

SFH is considered a stronger potential alternative to psychotherapeutic therapy.

This is because although psychotherapeutic therapies can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, more than 50% of clients do not respond to this type of treatment according to several studies.

However, according to this report based on data collected from the clientele of police personnel, the SFH has strong support and good results.

For this reason, there are plans to expand the treatment to other police forces and emergency services in the country.

SFH also has the potential to support staff, while simultaneously reducing millions of pounds in costs.

By improving the mental health care available to police, less money is used for illness, absence and lack of productivity related to mental health issues among personnel.

Solution-focused hypnotherapy was developed by David Newton, the founder of Clifton Hypnotherapy Practice and Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy Training School.

There are now training schools internationally and many therapists have provided outcome data collected from over 7,500 clients and over 40,000 clinical hours, further suggesting that SFH could be a promising treatment method for anxiety and depression.

As well as one that focuses on reducing symptoms and improving well-being and resilience.

For more information on the report, visit: Inspiredtochange.biz

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