Mental Health Week – A Caution for Alternative Health Care Providers


Lauri Ann Lumby

Today’s blog is specifically addressed to those in the alternative helping fields who may be working with or have an opportunity to act as a source of support for those struggling with the symptoms of mental illness.  As practitioners, we need to be aware of our professional limitations and to know how to identify when an outside referral may be necessary.  Additionally, we need to be cautious when the denial or bargaining faces of grief may be determining our client’s motivations.  Today’s blog explores these issues.

Preface

I want to preface today’s blog with the acknowledgment that there is SO MUCH we do not yet understand about the effective treatment of mental illness.  While many (70-90%) are able to find relief and even recovery through a combination of supports, including medication, therapy, good nutrition and exercise, mindfulness and stress-relief practices, support groups, etc. we are still a LONG WAY from finding treatments…

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