Contemplative neuroscience research, collaborative research between meditative adepts and neuroscientists, has been ongoing at research centers such as: University of Wisconsin , Stanford University , Mind and Life Institute , and Emory University, Harvard, at universities in India and elsewhere, for over the past two decades. It all started when our mental health team was asked to devise a walk and talk” style engagement activity – along the lines of the dementia walks which have been taking place in North Powys for the past couple of years and which we wrote about here The idea is that people in contact with mental health services, and those close to them, will have the opportunity to participate in a walk with people planning and providing those services (this activity is being planned for Autumn 2017).
The Making Sense Report was produced in January 2016 as a response to the Together for Children and Young People programme It had emerged that referrals to Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services across Wales had increased by over 100% between 2010 – 2014, and four organisations – Hafal, Mental Health Foundation, Bipolar UK and Diverse Cymru – joined together to find out why and consider what could be done to address the situation.
Different stages; warning signs: It is associated with depressed moods, anhedonia (inability to enjoy life), sleep difficulties such as sleeping too much or not being able to sleep, appetite issues such as bingeing or not eating, poor concentration, low energy, hopelessness and thoughts of suicide.
In 2013, United States Representative Tim Murphy introduced the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, HR2646 The bipartisan bill went through substantial revision and was reintroduced in 2015 by Murphy and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson In November 2015, it passed the Health Subcommittee by an 18-12 vote.
It includes five life tasks—essence or spirituality, work and leisure , friendship , love and self-direction—and twelve sub tasks— sense of worth , sense of control , realistic beliefs, emotional awareness and coping , problem solving and creativity , sense of humor , nutrition , exercise , self care, stress management , gender identity , and cultural identity —which are identified as characteristics of healthy functioning and a major component of wellness.