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Mental Health


How we frame our work at helpu.

A non-diagnostic lens.

Rather than adhering solely to a diagnostic approach based on frameworks like the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), we emphasise a systemic framework that considers mental health within a broader context. Our approach acknowledges that mental well-being is intricately connected to various environmental, social, and personal factors, and we believe in the power of understanding and addressing these dynamics for holistic growth.

A systemic framework.

Grounded in a systemic framework, we believe in the multifaceted nature of individuals, recognising that their identities extend beyond mere diagnoses. Our approach centres on the interconnectedness of mental health with diverse life dimensions. Drawing from Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and trauma-informed practices, we encourage narrative exploration, resilience building, and well-being cultivation.

Our outlook transcends singular diagnostic viewpoints, embracing a comprehensive understanding of mental health. Each individual possesses a distinctive blend of strengths and experiences that contribute to their overall well-being. Through collaboration and storytelling we empower individuals to harness these inherent capabilities for positive evolution. Though some may draw on DSM terminology, we prioritise steering away from labels. Instead, we prioritise individual narratives, aiming to grasp the intricacies of personal journeys.

Our approach maintains a non-judgmental stance toward those who opt for DSM-based expressions. This creates an inclusive and safe space that respects individual autonomy in conveying struggles.

A solution-focussed outlook.

A solution-focused approach, based on SFBT (Solution Focussed Brief Therapy) models, is centred around the belief that often people already have some of the skills and resources they need to overcome their difficulties, and that these strengths can be harnessed and built upon to create positive change. This approach can be particularly useful for those who are feeling stuck or overwhelmed and need help identifying a path forward. Overall, a solution-focused therapeutic outlook is a client/person-centered approach that emphasises collaboration, goal-setting, and identifying and building on strengths and resources to create positive change.

Evidence-based: SFBT (Solution Focussed Brief Therapy) has been found to be effective for a range of issues, including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. By building on strengths and resources and encouraging men to take an active role in their own ‘therapy’ and wellbeing, we believe that Helpu can help people move towards their goals and create a more positive future.

A trauma-informed approach

A trauma-informed approach recognises the widespread impact of trauma on individuals and aims to create a safe and supportive environment for those who have experienced trauma. It is based on the understanding that trauma can have long-lasting effects on mental and physical health, as well as on relationships and social functioning. A trauma- informed approach prioritises safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment, and it encourages a shift from asking “what’s wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”. By providing support that is sensitive to the experiences of those who have experienced trauma, a trauma-informed approach can help individuals to heal and rebuild their lives.

Prioritising non-pharmacological interventions.

At the heart of our ethos is a focus on comprehensive well-being, emphasising a holistic approach that encompasses various therapeutic and practical avenues. While recognising the potential benefits of medication, we prioritise exploring a wide range of non-pharmacological interventions. Our aim is to empower individuals to actively participate in their well-being journey, leveraging their innate strengths and practical tools. We believe in providing a balanced perspective, ensuring that all options are carefully weighed.

Safety & well-being.

The safety and well-being of individuals we interact with is paramount. In situations where someone poses a significant risk to themselves or others, our approach is resolute and swift, our primary responsibility lies in ensuring immediate safety. In instances where there is a credible indication of imminent harm, we will take appropriate actions, which may include notifying the necessary authorities, such as law enforcement or emergency services. Our actions are guided by a commitment to prevent harm and ensure the welfare of all involved parties. It is our sincere hope that these interventions, although potentially difficult, contribute to creating a safer and more supportive space for individuals in crisis.

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