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Performance Anxiety: Is it just in the mind?

Have you ever had to make a public announcement, a speech or presentation and woken up feeling sick at the thought of it? Some call it stage fright but the technical term is performance anxiety.

The relatively harmless symptoms can make your life miserable – sweaty palms, a frequent need of the toilet, heart palpitations and a general feeling of dread.

You start to label yourself a failure, you second guess your worth and your inner mind starts reeling off all your short comings.

Anxiety and depression are medical conditions which should be treated by a doctor. There are medications that can help you sleep, calm your nerves and cope with stress’. But in the same way that curing presentation nerves come from adequate preparation, resolving performance anxiety come from both mental and physical preparation.

Everyone needs a moment of panic to motivate them, so when you find yourself stressing, take a moment to remind yourself that you feel this because you are passionate about what you are going to do.


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A good rule of thumb is 1% panic for 99% hard work and preparation.


Avoidance Mode


The biggest disadvantage of performance anxiety is that you feel bad about something thus you avoid preparations. People feel so awful that they distract themselves with anything but the task at hand.

Typically, playing online games, talking on the phone, cleaning, organising, shopping, cooking, watching TV, and reading books are the most popular distractions.

This can create a vicious cycle – the more you avoid, the more stressed you will become as the even draws nearer. You may become even more avoidant that previously.

Clinical hypnosis can reduce and even remove this state of panic by training the unconscious mind to enable you to achieve.  The techniques apply to those suffering exam nerves, work based anxiety, sports and competitive anxieties, or any time where the spotlight is on you. Several professionals including lawyers, corporate leaders, athletes and performers use hypnosis to help them focus.


Breathe in, Breathe out


A hypnotherapist will generally teach you how to perform breathing exercise, which you can do yourself outside of the session. They are easy to do and take just a couple of minutes.

They will also teach you how to change your inner dialogue so that your inner voice becomes a source of positivity and encouraging words.

The minute you stop stressing your mind clears allowing you to think clearly and productively once again. This is when the hypnotherapist will speak directly to your unconscious mind helping to refocus on behaviours that will help you succeed.

Many feel rejuvenated and confident after treatment because the resistance holding them back has melted away to positive thoughts and actions.

The hypnotherapist will also help you to focus on how you feel after completing the task that made you anxious and use these positive emotions to boost motivation and confidence.

Anxiety Dreams | How to deal with them

What are anxiety dreams?

Break free | anxiety dreams


Dreams are accepted to be a natural part of life, a part of our imagination. Dreams and dream interpretation have fascinated mankind since the dawn of civilisation.

Why do we dream and what do anxiety dreams mean?

Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, two of the more famous therapists, were influential in the field of dreams and interpretation. Freud’s approach was retrospective, in that they were formed of past events usually relating back to childhood. Jung further developed Freud’s ideas by focusing on interpretation and symbolism as influenced by daily living from which we can achieve a balance between our conscious and sub-conscious mind.

Whichever school of thought you subscribe to, most agree that it is feelings of anxiety when our worries and fears cannot be resolved that they can fall into dreams thus turn into nightmares.

Planes falling from the sky, being chased, teeth falling out, falling, being late, being unprepared, etc., are all common anxiety dreams.

Poor sleep

Occasionally we may be troubled by difficult dreams that disturb our sleep causing us to feel tired the next day. anxiety dreamsGenerally, this isn’t anything to be worried about but ongoing sleep problems can lead to serious consequences if this is happening do speak to your doctor.

Some signs that you may be sleep deprived include; Feeling tired, longing to nap, finding it difficult to concentrate, irritable, weight gain and stressed.

Layne Dalfen, founder of The Dream Interpretation centre, Montreal; recurring dreams and nightmares happen because you sub-conscious is trying to gain your attention. If you are troubled by these dreams and they are effacing your daily living a good hypnotherapist can help you to uncover these and realise the cause of anxiety in your sub-conscious mind.

To learn more and book a free consultation click here


The Importance of Mental Strength in Sport

Mental Strength – Are You a Winner or Loser?

FA Cup | Sports MotivationI’ve been inspired to write this blog whilst watching the FA cup final ‘live’ on the BBC iplayer.

Being a football fan and sports hypnotherapist I’ve been looking forward to this game for a while, but with a young family couldn’t watch it live due to a combination of work and Disney movies.

Somehow, I’ve managed to stay clear of the result all day and am excited, but not surprised by what I’m seeing. We’re 17 minutes into the game and Arsenal are winning 1-0 and have had a shot cleared off the line and are completely thumping the run away Premiership winners Chelsea – At the time of typing Arsenal have just hit the post – twice…..

Anyway, before Arsenal hit the post, I was about to say about how it seems that Arsenal looks like the only side likely to win this and could be 2 or 3 goals up by now.

But hang on – Arsenal are playing against the undisputed, best team in the country, they have a terrible defensive record this season (by their standard) players are forced to play out of position due to injury or suspension, the fans baying for the manager’s blood. Surely Chelsea have to win? And yet Arsenal are by far and away the best side – so what’s the difference?

Mental Strength in Sport – is it all in the head?

Well, in my little world the answer is simple – this game will be won or lost in the heads of the players.

Chelsea undoubtedly have the better players so why is it that now (after 30 minutes) Chelsea have had their 1st shot on target, and are still 2nd best by far? (Arsenal just had another 2 really good chances go begging whilst writing)

Anyway, back to the blog… The Chelsea players won the league at a canter whilst Arsenal have underperformed all season, so who had the most to play for? Chelsea going for the double or Arsenal salvaging something from their season?

It’s now half time as I’m watching and although Chelsea have come back into it the only real team asking the questions are Arsenal.

The pundits are talking about Arsenal being brighter, sharper and more focused.

Sharp and Strong

Sharper and more focused? That’s a mental attribute, our mental abilities affect our physical abilities – the proof of that is easy to see. If ever you’ve felt sad or low – what are your energy levels like? Pretty poor I should imagine, and yet if you’re feeling positive and motivated, there’s a spring in your step, you feel energised and ready to take on the world.

If you want to know more about how the mindset effected players on the day, just take a look at the ratings that the players received on the day

The problem is that once you start a game mentally poor it’s difficult to change that mindset mid-game – half time is a good time to do that. The problem is that when you’ve been battered most of the half the attitude in the dressing room will be one of negativity rather than positivity.

Half time team talk?

Imagine the conversations in the two dressing rooms. Chelsea will be saying, come on we can do this we’re better than this – reinforcing the fact that they are underperforming, whilst Arsenal will be buzzing talking about keeping it going, keeping focused. As a sports hypnotherapist, it’s my job to make sure that players go out with the right attitude.

Positive Mental Attitude Hypnotherapy can help. Hypnotist Christ Fleet has years of experience of helping people in Paignton, South DevonAt the time of writing, Victor Moses has just been sent off for diving a.k.a. cheating, which is showing another sign of poor mental attitude.

What is interesting though, in the vein of this blog, is that Arsenal are now completely on top with a few minutes of Chelsea going down to 10 men – the physical signs of being a man down won’t show for a while so it’s undoubtedly mental immediately following the red card.

Ooooh, ¼ hour to go Chelsea equalise out of nowhere – this could be interesting… How will this affect the mindsets of both teams – OMG   2-1 Arsenal…. Straight away – going to stop writing for now – too exciting

What a game!!

Against all odds, it could have been 5 or 6 in the end.

The big question is, did Arsenal win the cup or did Chelsea lose it? I’ve been teaching my students a technique known as Swish.  Swish is a way of dismissing negative attitudes or outlooks.  If I was in the Chelsea dressing room before the game I would have used this swish technique to help them get focused because in my opinion, the Chelsea players were already on holiday in their heads before a ball was kicked. Whilst their conscious mind was focused on the game, their collective subconscious was possibly thinking the job was a done deal.

Let me explain….

My partner was a BHS qualified horse riding instructor when we first met. She was and still is, a very good horsewoman. We used to go for walks in the countryside with her on the horse and me walking the dogs. One day we came round the corner and there was an orange supermarket carrier bag stuck in the hedge. We all saw it and heard it rustling about, we all knew it was perfectly safe – except for Axel, the horse. Axel took one look at this thing, heard it rustle in the breeze and just bolted, there was nothing she could do to stop Axel from bolting. When I caught up with them if I’d have told Carol there was no point in bolting she’d have probably hit me one because it’s the horse that needs to know, not the rider.

I often talk about the difference between the Horse and the Rider,  whilst the rider might know what they want to do if the horse has different ideas it’s usually the horse that wins the battle.  in this case, the rider was The Logical mind and the horse the unconscious mind.  as far as Chelsea were concerned it would appear that the rider knew what to do but the horse I thought the job was done and so didn’t allow the players to have the mental strength and motivation required to overcome their opponents.

The game was won and lost in the mind before the ball was even kicked.

Exeter City

A day later, one of my local team’s, Exeter City were playing at Wembley too. They had really worked hard after a terrible start to the season and with an injury time winner made it very dramatically through to the play-off finals.

Despite being favourites to win, they lost 2-1 to Blackpool with pundits and fans alike saying that they ‘didn’t turn up.’ Some people saying it was ‘a game too far’ in the season. Really? A game too far?  What a load of old tosh…. 90 minutes at the most famous stadium in the world – and it was a game too far? Really?

No! Again the game was lost before a ball was kicked, it’s as much a mental game as a physical one once you reach a certain level.

Lenny the Lion

I remember playing against a striker called Lenny – so called because he looked like Lenny the Lion. I used to play centre-half and he was a centre-forward – he should have had me beat all ends up!

He was 15 years younger than me, loads faster. He had quick feet, was skillful on the ground as well as good in the air. I didn’t stand a chance …… on paper.

In reality, though he never ‘turned up’ when playing against me. I got inside his head. Early in the first game, we played against each other he made a good turn, spun round me but shot wide. I think I said something along the lines of. “I would have had a shot from there matey” Another time he beat me in the air, so I asked him how he did it. Did you lean left or right 1st? Which foot do you put your weight on? He gave me a bit of an odd look before telling me where to get off but I’d got to him. After that, he started consciously thinking about what he was doing which made him half a second slower every time. I heard him telling his teammate that he couldn’t get past me, the fact is he beat himself by thinking too much (rider) rather than trusting instinct (horse).

He always misses

On the rare occasion he did get past me I’d shout out to the keeper. “Don’t worry, it’s only Lenny, he always misses!” Invariably he’d blast the ball well wide or over the top.  At one point he even asked the ref to get me to stop…..

That season Lenny became the top scorer in the league and went on to play at a reasonable level. The thing is that whenever we played one another I had him totally in my pocket. He refused to shake my hand after games and accused me of ‘playing dirty’.

As soon as he saw he was playing against me he would be full of doubt. His body language changed whenever we made eye contact. He’d remember I was his jinx, he knew he would fail – and guess what?

Whenever he played against ME, he did fail…

Work with the subconscious

When I work with players I work on an unconscious level,  I work with Their horses whilst also talking to the rider. Suppose I had been working with Lenny as a sports hypnotist. I’d have reminded him (or rather his horse), that he was amazing. That he was unstoppable. That he was awesome! I’d have said that some old ‘has been’ that turned like the QE2 would be demolished. Both his horse and rider would know he was the best.

Einstein | Sports MotivationIs it magical, mystic and weird? Nope, not at all! It’s tapping into what is already there and not used fully. It’s accessing the part of our mind that has ultimate control over our body and attitude. Einstein once said “ The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”

My job is to help footballers regain that gift.

If you want to know more give me a call

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Questions to Ask Your Therapist Before Treatment

Although Hypnotherapy is a trusted therapeutic process which accesses the subconscious. There are a few questions to ask your therapist before enlisting their services.

Hypnotherapy is used to treat several well-known issues such as agoraphobia and fear of flying. But did you know it can also be used for helping with problems such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, sports motivation, and pain relief?

questions to ask your therapistHypnosis is safe, pleasant and gets results.


It is important that you trust your hypnotherapist before commencing treatment.
A good way of discovering whether they are right for you is finding the right questions to ask your therapist before booking.
Any hypnotherapist of a reputable nature will encourage and answer. Below is a list of possible questions to ask your therapist before deciding if this treatment is right for you.

Questions to Ask Your Therapist

  • Do you offer a free consultation?
  • What type, if any, support do you offer between sessions?
  • Do you have relevant qualifications, professional body membership, insurance and a DBS check?
  • I would like ‘X’ sessions, can you fix my problem within this time constraint?
  • Do you have any useful tools such as MP3 tracks so that I can work on my problem(s)?
  • Do you offer a follow-up service?
  • How can you reassure me that I will always be in control during hypnosis?
  • Do you have any feedback from previous clients?
  • Is your consulting room suitable for me?
  • What happens if it doesn’t work?
  • From what I have discussed in this consultation, do you think hypnotherapy is suitable for me?

Once you have found the ideal Hypnotherapist, you can contact me here and begin to enjoy the numerous and wonderful benefits of hypnotherapy that I can offer.

In answer to the 1st question, yes consultations are free – so apart from an hour of your time – what is there to lose?

Science, Not Sci-Fi Guide to Hypnotherapy

The science part:


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The mind has two parts; the conscious and the subconscious, each playing a different role. The conscious part comes to the fore when something out of the ordinary happens and we need to formulate a plan. The unconscious mind does everything else including breathing and moving.

The unconscious mind generates most of our behaviour. As we grow, we develop templates of response to situations. It is due to these templates that we can do seemingly mundane tasks without consciously thinking. Behaviour can become so automatic that we forget what we have done: Where did I just put those keys?


Some habitual responses are beneficial whilst others are not but once these templates are formed, they are difficult to consciously change. The conscious mind is easily fatigued and protects what is in the unconscious mind. This works like a filter system, rejecting new information that challenges these templates.


To change this automated response, we need direct access to the unconscious mind and this is where hypnotherapy comes in. Clinical hypnotherapy is a safe and effective treatment for an array of psychological and physical issues.


The not-Sci-Fi part?


what does hypnosis feel like


Hypnosis refers to the trance-like state; calm, pleasant and like daydreaming. The filter system is by-passed allowing the unconscious mind to come forward unchallenged. The ‘trance’ state is naturally occurring and something we all experience daily, we just do not label it as such. An example is ‘motorway hypnosis’. Whilst driving over a distance, have you ever ‘come to’ and wondered how you navigated the past few miles?


The most popular media description of hypnotherapy centres on taking full control of a person and making them ‘perform’ tricks for entertainment. This type of ‘hypnotherapy’ bears no relation to clinical hypnotherapy. Any clinical hypnotherapist will have undertaken accredited training, abide strict codes of practice and will be a member of an approved body.


It is widely believed that only those who are suggestible can be hypnotised. This is not fact. Almost everyone can be if they choose to be, apart perhaps, those who are very young/old, those who have complications is retaining focus or those under the influence of substances.

ODD: Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Granted children do not always do what is asked of them but Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), is far more than mere disobedience. Oppositional Defiant Disorder is a childhood disorder characterised by defiant, disobedient, negative, and often hostile behaviour prominently towards adult figures. It is common amongst children with ADHD. It is thought that between 2-16 percent of children and young adults. Typically, the disorder is more common in young boys than girls but statistics show that in older children the rate is 50/50 boys and girls. Typically signs and symptoms are recognisable by the age of eight years.

Symptoms may include:

• Excessively arguing with adults
• Active refusal to comply with rules
• Frequent outburst of anger and resentment
• Using obscene language
• Repeated temper tantrums
• Saying hateful things when upset
• Deliberately winding up other people

Many ODD children are moody, easily frustrated and have low self-esteem. It is not uncommon for many to use drugs and/or alcohol.

The cause of ODD is not known but is believed to be a combination of genetic, biological and environmental factors.


• Biological

Studies suggest that defects or injuries to specific areas of the brain can lead to serious behavioural problems in children. Where the Neurotransmitters help the nerve cells in the brain communicate, abnormal amounts can throw the brain out of balance creating abnormal message transmitters leading to symptoms of ODD. Many children and young adults who have this condition also have a secondary mental health condition-ADHD, learning disorder, depression and/or anxiety, which may contribute to their behavioural issues.


• Genetics

Many diagnosed ODD persons tend to have a close family member with a mental health condition including those with mood, personality and anxiety disorders. This has suggested the vulnerability of ODD is inherited.


• Environmental

Factors including a dysfunctional family like a family history of mental illness and/or substance abuse. Inconsistent routine and discipline by parents can contribute to the development of behavioural disorders.



Diagnosis and treatment


As with adults, children’s mental health illnesses are diagnosed based on several signs and symptoms that match an illness. The doctor will evaluate based on a complete medical history and a physical examination. There are no laboratory tests to diagnose ODD but the doctor may perform some to rule out any underlying illness’ or medication reactions. The doctor will also look for signs that often occur with an ODD diagnosis such as depression and ADHD. Once any potential physical causes have been ruled out a referral may be made to an adolescent psychiatrists or psychologist. The doctor must often rely upon reports from the adults around the child-parents, teachers, coaches, group leaders, etc., due to the child often having trouble using words to express themselves.

Treating ODD is based on many factors including age, severity and ability to participate in therapies. Treatments generally consist of Psychotherapy and medication.

• Psychotherapy is aimed at enabling the child to develop effective ways in which to express and control anger.
• CBT (cognitive-behavioural therapy) is a method in which the aim is to reshape the child’s thinking to improve behaviour.
• Family therapy may be used to help improve interactions and communication.
• Parent management training is a tool for parents to positively alter their child’s behaviour.

• Medication. Whilst there is no specific medication for ODD, there is a variety that can be prescribed to treat the distressing symptoms, and any other mental illness that may be present.

It is important that if a child is showing signs of ODD that you seek treatment from a doctor as soon as is possible. Some children with ODD may experience rejection due to their poor social skills and aggressive behaviour. An ODD child is at greater risk of developing a more serious behavioural disorders-conduct disorder. When treatment is started early it is usually very effective.

Ten Reasons Why You Should Try Hypnotherapy

Looking to break a habit or regain control?


Hypnotherapy could be a viable option. From celebrities to your neighbors down the road, more and more people are turning to hypnosis to help them out.

Below are ten reasons to give it a go:


  1. Hypnosis is a natural state of relaxation. It is fact that we all fall into a trance-like state several times throughout the day, so the feeling of being hypnotised will feel natural and leave you energised.


  1. Approximately six in ten Britons suffer from sleep problems. Night after night, lying awake unable to shut off as thoughts race around your mind. Hypnosis can help manage these thoughts and train your mind to drift gently into sleep. Disruptive sleep affects performance as we need to be firing on all cylinders to achieve optimum output.


  1. Losing and keeping off the weight. The top reason most diets do not work is because they do not address the underlying issue(s). Hypnosis focus’ on the root cause rather than calories in vs calories out. It is possible to achieve the body you want with hypnotherapy.


  1. Did you know that more people fear speaking publicly than dying? Hypnotherapy can help you release this fear and enable you to speak confidently in front of others.


  1. Three-quarters of adults admit to experiencing moderate to high levels of stress every month in the UK. Granted we all face times of stress but regardless of the trigger, your body will react to those triggers in a fight or flight manner. Hypnotherapy can help change your thought pattern and interpretations allowing you to feel relaxed and calm in those situations.



  1. Quitting smoking-the bane of many a person who has tried and failed. Smoking is just like any habit, a cycle that requires breaking. Hypnosis can alleviate the urge and release you of those pesky cravings, leaving you with the choice of freedom to never smoke again.


  1. Anger, the emotion that can cause an awful lot of damage. What if you could process anger positively and release it in a controlled way? With hypnotherapy, the result can help you achieve this and become a more relaxed and healthier person.


  1. Have you held back from embracing life due to a deep-rooted fear? Does flying, spiders, heights or snakes make you step back from the world? Hypnosis can enable you to overcome these fears allowing you to regain control and feel liberated.


  1. Procrastination is the roadblock to success in life. We have all been there, we have all put off that important thing telling ourselves that we will do it later. Hypnotherapy can change that mindset into a “take action” one which will enable you to achieve more and stop you putting off the important things.


  1. A lack of self-confidence makes life harder that it needs to be. Do you miss opportunities or avoid certain situations because you just don’t believe in yourself? Hypnotherapy can remove these obstacles, allowing you to focus and develop. You were born confident, but life can sometimes drag us down. Hypnotherapy can re-establish confidence and positivity.


If you are interested in learning more about Hypnotherapy please call The Devon Clinic to arrange a free taster session with Mr. Chris Fleet.


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Police Cells: Mental Health Crisis

People in a mental health crisis find it terrifying to be held in a police cell.

Peers will move an amendment to the policing and crime bill to ensure those adults feeling suicidal, are self-harming or are psychotic are never taken to police stations for assessment. This plan is already in place for under-18s.


“The police can’t continue to pick up the pieces of Britain’s mental health cuts”


After widespread concern over the practice, there has been a sharp fall in recent years of individuals being held in police cells and a rise inappropriate hospital admissions.


“When you’re in a mental health crisis you may become frustrated, frightened and extremely distressed. Your behaviour could be perceived as aggressive and threatening to others, but you desperately need support and compassion. Being held in a police cell and [in effect] treated like a criminal only makes things worse. Now is the moment to ban this damaging practice once and for all.”
Paul Harmer, Chief of the mental health charity Mind

Per Watchdog, mentally ill people are more likely to die after police use force.
  • 2015-16 figures show that in England and Wales there were 2,100 instances of adults detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act in police cells. There were also 43 children and young people under the age of eighteen held in police cells.
  • Yorkshire police detained 269 people, while Avon and Somerset detained 242, and South Wales 192.
  • Officers state that they only take in those in crisis when there is “no safe place” available in local NHS hospitals.

Yet, looking back to 20014, the figure was 53% fewer than the 4,537 in 2015.

Numbers dramatically fell during Theresa May’s time as home secretary from 2010. During 2011-12  nine thousand people were detained in police cells, whilst the number of minors fell from 256 to 43.

depression can feel like this but did you know Chris Fleet, hypnotherapist in Paignton can help?


“Kent police believe the use of police cells for those detained under the Mental Health Act should be a never event. Cells are not appropriate places for anyone detained under the act and we know that their use can add to the trauma of the crisis and potentially delay that person’s recovery.”
Insp Wayne Goodwin, Kent constabulary’s mental health liaison officer

A spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring those in mental health crisis get compassionate care and that no one is taken to a cell when they have committed no crime and solely because there is no alternative safe place for them. Significant progress has been made by the police and health partners in halving the use of police cells for those in mental health crisis over the last year. But there is still more work to be done.
Changes to legislation through the Policing and Crime Bill will ban the use of police cells for under 18s in mental health crisis, and ensure they can only be used as a place of safety for adults in genuinely exceptional circumstances.”

Loose your gadget addiction with hypnotherapy

Smartphones-once the novelty, today the norm.

A report published by Deloitte has found that people in the UK have never been more addicted to their smartphone, a third of us check for messages throughout the night, and admit their overuse has caused arguments with partners.

The BBC reports, that FOMO – fear of missing out – leaves them in the grips of their addiction to technology.

Deloitte’s key findings found that those aged 25.34 had the most arguments over phone usage compared to a mere eleven percent of over sixty-fives. Ten percent admitted to using their phones ‘always’ or ‘very often’ when eating meals (at home or out). A third admitted to regularly using their phones whilst with friends or watching television.

One in three people check their phones in the middle of the night

One in three UK adults – half relating to 18-24-year-olds – said they checked their phones in the middle of the night for social media content. One in ten reaches for their phones as soon as they wake up.

From fad to addiction seems to be a short path when it comes to smartphones. While many are happily glued to their device despite detrimental effects on relationships there are those who are determined to break the habit.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy – “With any unwanted habit or behaviour, it may feel as if you are out of control, that this is someone else or something inside you that is making you do this. The good news is that you are in control, you can change and you can protect yourself in ways that are health and which allow you to succeed and grow stronger in body and mind. It is a case of knowing how to and wanting to.”

Bypass the critical mind.

Hypnotherapy can work rapidly with negative habits and behaviours because it works directly with the subconscious. Hypnotherapy bypasses the critical mind and gets to the root of the issue.

If you feel you are in a bad (negative) habit with your phone, tablet or any hand-held device, contact us, it will be worth the effort.

Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte – “What smartphones enable people to do is to keep tags of that is happening, what is being said and when. You can do that now with all the technology available. With the twenty-four-hour world, we are always connected Most connect in the evening and throughout the night and this is where sleep is put on the back burner.

So, why has gadget addiction become a habit or even the norm? Over (very) recent years we have gotten used to being able to contact someone regardless of the time or location. This ‘trend’ of always being contactable has taken over and when we have something new we tend to overreact to it.

4 out of 5 adults now own a smartphone that equates to 37 million people.

If you would like to know more about how to find help for gadget addiction fill the form out below and we’ll get back to you.

1 in 10 children have a mental health problem

The Education Policy Institute’s Independent Mental Health Commission published its final report of the year. It is the culmination of research into exploring challenges and transformation of children and young people’s mental health care and support.

One in every ten children between the ages of five and sixteen have a diagnosed mental health problem. And yet, children’s mental health services receive only a mere 0.7% of the total NHS budget. This equates to just 6% of the overall spending on mental health.

The commission found that, on average, 23%, that one in four, are being turned away. It also revealed a postcode lottery of waiting times, from two weeks in Cheshire or nineteen in Staffordshire. The average wait is two months for treatment, but that conceals the hidden wait times for ten months or more held by some areas of the country.

March 2015 saw the government publish a strategy, Future in Mind, with aims of transforming Children’s services, alongside an investment of £1.25 Billion over the next five years.

The Education Policy Institute analysed the progress. Every area was asked to develop a plan as part of the conditions of receiving the funding. The EPI found a wide variation in the quality of these plans. Of the 121 published plans, a mere 18 areas (15%) had “good plans”. 58 (48%) required “improvements”, and 45 (37%) required “substantial improvements”.

The EPI also identified significant barriers. 83% of trusts had stated that finding experienced staff members was difficult. They stated that they needed to advertise on multiple platforms and occasions to fill the roles. Mental health nurses were notoriously the most difficult position to recruit for, followed by consultant psychiatrists. These issues led to an 82% increased output of temporary staffing. 20016-16 almost £50 million was spent on agency staffing by 32 trusts.

Moreover, not all the investment has reached the frontline. Only two-thirds of allocated funds were distributed in the first year, and only half of that (£75 million) was distributed to clinical leads. It is not clear how much has been spent on frontline services, but reports show mental health providers indicate they have not yet seen this increased investment. For 20016-17, £119 million has been allocated to clinical commissioning groups, but this has been included in general budgets, so the risk that it will be spent elsewhere is high.

It is important to consider the wider picture when it comes to funding the NHS system. Cuts to both local and early intervention services will have a significant impact on child and adolescent mental health because these specialist services are contained within the wider system which includes local funded early intervention support. When those services are cut, the specialist referrals increase. The CQC (Care Quality Commission) found that reductions in funding, including those non-NHS services, contributed to increased waiting lists.

Therefore, the Commission is calling for a new Prime Minister’s challenge on young people’s mental health. Based on David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge, this would include research, prevention, early intervention and increased access to high-quality services.



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Research and prevention

The recommendations include the establishment of new Research Institute to research into the understanding of mental health and empowering young people to live safe digital lives.

Early intervention

The recommendation of a national programme on mental health and well-being to be placed within schools. Inclusive would be training for teachers and an inclusive curriculum as part of an updated PSHE lessons.


To increase access to quality care, the Commission urges the government to withhold funding for those areas who cannot demonstrate a robust plan of improvement. Proof should also be attained showing that the funding is being used in children’s mental health and not in offsetting cuts elsewhere. The commission also calls for a nationalised waiting time: that no one person should wait longer than two months to receive treatment.

Mental health can seriously affect a young person’s life chances, it can hold them back in education and development, and increase the risk of unemployment and ill health in their adult lives. These recommendations aim to ensure that this issue remains top of the agenda for at least the next five years.