CBRT Mindfulness Mental Health Support

CBRT Relaxation Support Sessions for individuals and groups of up to 20 people has been in use in mental health support since 1995. CBRT provides a Mindfulness approach for Patient groups and individuals who would benefit from the provision of structured relaxation sessions  – helping them learn to relax naturally – e.g. those with  symptoms of mild depression or anxiety related conditions.

Patients are provided with a “Colour Breathing Disks Easel Chart” as a visual tool to focus on (also see image on top of front page) containing a set of seven coloured disks whilst a) becoming aware of their natural breathing pattern and b) relaxing their body in seven stages. The product is very safe to use, being of printed matter.

The seven “Colour Breathing Disks®” have been specially designed with subtle gradient effects for individuals to use with ease. They are a physical item to see and hold, yet visual point of focus, for individual and group led relaxation support sessions. Individuals enjoy using CBRT as a relaxation technique and using colour as a means of expressing how they feel.

CBRT is a practical, low cost, simple and versatile innovation. In March 2011, CBRT scored 92.53% with the NHS National Innovation Centre Technology Scorecard. The CBRT NHS Training Initiative is Patient-centred, recovery focused and promotes Self-Care.

Primary care staff are trained in the delivery of structured and effective CBRT Relaxation Support Sessions to individuals or groups of between 5 – 20 Patients at a time, within 30 – 45 minutes.

CBRT is a Mind-Body Relaxation Technique  which combines breathing techniques , Mindfulness approach , positive thinking , self-help and guided self-help , MBSR (Mindfulness –based stress reduction) , Mind-body interventions , creative visualisation , meditation , group therapyanxiety breathing techniques  (including controlled breathing)  all supported by NHS Evidence as being beneficial components to mental health, preventative health and wellbeing programmes.  (The aim of controlled breathing is to slow down your breathing and heart rate, relax tension in the muscles, quieten the mind and empty it of worrying thoughts.)

CBRT  is found a popular and effective relaxation technique for men, women and children of all abilities who wish to lead healthier lives. CBRT is simple and safe to use (being non invasive or pharmacy lead) and encourages dialogue.  Patients being involved in the selection of their own affirmations for positive thinking is beneficial.

The proactive management of people with long-term conditions, including the promotion of self-care by patients, is a key priority in healthcare and wellbeing programmes. CBRT provides active support for a positive approach to management of long term conditions and primary prevention through focusing on a natural relaxation process for better self care.

UK Current mental health provision status.

“Mental illness ‘under-treated by NHS’ ” (18.06.12) is a report carried in the NHS Choices website . The report was written by the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance  Mental Health Policy Group Think Tank. The report, How Mental Illness Loses Out in the NHS was produced by a distinguished team of economists, psychologists, doctors and NHS managers convened by Professor Lord Layard of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance. The report says that mental illness is widespread and is generally more debilitating than most chronic physical conditions. The researchers report that a third of all families in Britain have a family member with mental illness. Additionally, nearly half of all ill health in those younger than 65 years is due to mental illness and only a quarter of those needing treatment receive it.  The report estimates that 6 million adults have depression or anxiety and 700,000 children have a mental health disorder. The report also found that mental health problems account for nearly half of absenteeism at work and a similar proportion of people on incapacity benefits.

Another report in Mental Health – “Patchy Progress shown for Mental Health Treatment” states that according to the official IAPT statistics, of the six million people in England who have depression or anxiety problems, only 2% received talking therapies between April and June 2011. Of these:

210,540 were referred for psychological therapies

123,065 entered treatment

92,638 are waiting more than 28 days for treatment

A CBRT Patient (Ms. P) has written:

“I have no idea why healthcare providers so not offer relaxation classes to Patients suffering from long term conditions. Following an accident I now live with chronic pain syndrome and bouts of depression.

The system filled me with so many medications that they failed to mention were highly addictive. There wasn’t any support offered  – just pills and more pills!

I was so determined to live a normal life again and by sheer determination and a lot of money spent on complementary treatments I am “off ” four of the drugs I had to take regularly and have one left to get rid of.

My alternative treatment gave me hope and made the biggest impact in my recovery. So many people would prefer to try other treatments rather than being put on drugs and left to deal with it alone. For what my drugs cost per month I could have had regular  CBRT Relaxation Support  Sessions and not had the battle with drugs I became addicted to.

I am not surprised so many people suffer with depression. Group contact and regular support is far more important than a packet of tablets.”