” Tackling the mental illness epidemic we face in today’s world is the greatest gift we can give society, allowing us to unlock the vast latent potential available in our homes, families, communities and culture. ”
“I first became interested in the principles we teach, when I was in my late twenties. I was doing a teacher training course, I was struggling, and I started seeing a counsellor provided by the university. I learned for the first time that I was experiencing depression. I realised that I had struggled with depression several times up to that point as well as bulimia and anxiety. Addiction is also part of my story, and I have learnt that they are all related. The counsellor I met, helped me to understand what was going on for me, she also started recommending lots of books and other resources.
I became an avid student, I began learning about cognitive therapy, relaxation, and many other techniques we teach. It really switched a light on for me. Most importantly, I began trying out the ideas I was learning, and experienced big changes. I felt calmer, more confident, relationships improved and I really began to enjoy my life in a way I had never known before. Around this time I was invited to deliver a confidence building course for people who had experienced mental health issues. I enjoyed teaching a subject I was so passionate about, and things started to come together.
The techniques I teach and by default regularly relearn, help me to both get, and stay well. Having experienced depression and anxiety, and the attached stigma, I want to help as many people as possible to ease their suffering. I know this can be done through the techniques we teach. I believe that the mental health crisis that we face in this country is both shameful and tragic. Depression is an illness not a character defect, simple changes and the right support can transform a life.”
Sian Powell, 2017