MENTAL HEALTH

You are not alone, we can help you!

We understand

Mental illness affects all aspects of life, it  is often invisible and can leave people feeling completely helpless. 

Mental illness can cause issues in your personal life, such as change of roles at home and family breakdowns, social life, and work life. It can be isolating and debilitating, and often the sufferers feels lost or helpless.

Physically, it can lead to fatigue, and muscle tension. Mental illness also causes chemical imbalances that may lead to poor sleep and circulatory disorders.

We can help

Beyond Pain is renowned for its unique personalised service, and the ability to achieve successful outcomes within a short time period, we understand the complexity of living with a mental illness. We understand that it’s not easy just to be positive. What we provide is a tailored solution incorporating physical activity with counselling techniques to help you take back control of your condition. It’s not just about sitting and listening – it’s about listen, planning and doing.

Our approach

  • Detailed assessment to understand what you’ve been through, we really listen so we know what we need to do to help you.
  • Really understand what’s important to you and what you would like to achieve
  • Encourage you to bring family and/or friends to nominated sessions to educate and help teach them because research shows support networks are essential
  • A Tailored program with strategies to help you recover and move on with your life
  • Psychological strategies to tackle unhelpful thoughts and emotions
  • Flexible sessions because we understand the challenges of living with mental illness
  • Ongoing contact after the program if you have any issues
  • We can work with your existing therapists
  • We can work with Life/Income Protection schemes
  • We treat all compensable schemes including Medicare

By the end of the program

  • You will have measurable improvement both mentally and physically and a clear plan on how to achieve your goals
  • You will have a tailored program covering recovery techniques including physical, psychological and nutritional strategies to build you back up and get you back to where you want to be
  • You will have more confidence setting up daily routines and dealing with your condition yourselfYou will have a greater knowledge and understanding of your condition and how best to deal with it and explain it to others
  • You will have the tools to get a better night’s sleep
  • You will be able to socialise more with confidence, and rekindle strained relationships
  • You will be know how to use your breath and exercise for depression and anxiety
  • You will have a greater knowledge of foods that will help your body to heal
  • You will have a structured set-back management plan

… and much more

Please contact us here to find out how we can help.

Related Services

Consultancy

If you are an organisation with staff suffering from mental illness or are an employee receiving Income Protection benefits and would benefit from a recovery program we have a unique personalised approach and are considered as a specialised provider in this industry

We also work with organisations to develop early intervention strategies/policies to prevent Mental illness.

Please click here to find out more.

Speaking & Workshops

Anjelo is a well respected and much sought after speaker in the industry and our workshops can be tailored to best suit the needs of your organisation or audience.

  • We train organisations and industry bodies on how best to support people with mental health disorders and burnout
  • We run workshops to train your staff how to best support people with mental illness and burnout
  • We run ½-day & 1-day workshops for continuous professional development for health practitioners and other vocations dealing with people with mental illness and burnout
  • We run 3-day burnout prevention workshop for individuals with high-pressure lifestyles
  • Anjelo can attend as a Keynote speaker at national conferences and other functions

Please click here to find out more about speaking, and click here to find out more about workshops.

Testimonial

‘To date, I have had three consultations with Anjelo. Anjelo is far more than just a physiotherapist. He understands the “physical health – mental health” feedback cycle. Anjelo is helping me to get on with what is left of my life, now. He is becoming a personal life-coach for me. He is helping me set up a personal weekly planner. He is helping me to set realistic, S.M.A.R.T. goals (personal, social and “professional”). He is helping me to set an achievable exercise program. But more importantly, he is monitoring me. He is kind and gentle in his approach. He is also forgiving if I haven’t been able to achieve a task. I only wish that I had come across someone like Anjelo 7years ago. If I had, the outcome to my case might have been completely different.’

– Robert

Information on Mental illness

What is it?

Mental Illnesses or disorders are prevalent in our society in epidemic proportions. A mental illness affects a person’s thinking, emotional state and behaviour, and disrupts the person’s ability to work or carry out daily activities and be involved in satisfying relationships. Some people have one episode of mental illness in their lifetime, while others have multiple episodes and periods of wellness in between. However, they do cause disability, which is sometimes severe; and not always understood by people who have never experienced a mental illness.

Most commonly known mental health disorders are Depression, Anxiety. and Burnout. Often one or more of these conditions occur concurrently.

Depression

If a person has a depressive disorder, they have five or more of these symptoms (including at least one of the first two) nearly every day for at least two weeks:

  • Depressive mood
  • Loss of enjoyment and interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
  • Lack of energy and tiredness
  • Feeling worthless or feeling guilty when they are not really at fault
  • Thinking a lot about death or suicide
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Moving more slowly or sometimes becoming agitated and unable to settle
  • Having sleeping difficulties or sometimes sleeping too much
  • Loss of interest in food or sometimes eating too much

Physical – experience chronic fatigue, lack of energy, sleeping too much or too little

Psychologically – sadness, anxiety, guilt, anger, mood swings, lack of emotional

responsiveness, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, irritability and self blame

Behavioural – crying spells, withdrawal from others, neglect of responsibilities, loss of interest in personal appearance, slowed down, using drugs and alcohol.

Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, and is often described as feeling stressed, uptight, nervous, frazzled, worried and so only. Although it can be unpleasant, it is useful at times in helping someone to avoid dangerous situations and motivate the solving of everyday problems. Anxiety problems vary from normal anxiety in the following ways:

  • More severe
  • Longer lasting
  • Interfere with the person’s work, other activities, or relationships

Physical – pounding heart, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing, dizziness, headaches, sweating, numbness, choking, dry mouth, stomach pain, nausea, muscle aches and pains, tremors and shakes.

Psychological – unrealistic or excessive worry (about past and future events), mind racing or going blank, decreased concentration and memory, indecisiveness, irritability, impatience, anger, confusion nervousness, sleep disturbance, vivid dreams

Behavioural – avoidance of situations, obsessive or compulsive behaviours, distress in social situations, increased use of alcohol or other drugs.

Burnout

Burnout is a consistent inability to harmonise/manage daily function. Burnout is also known as adrenal fatigue and has a combination of chronic fatigue and mental illness symptoms. It often makes you feel like every activity is an effort, and that you are constantly “catching your tail”. Often there is cynicism towards work and feels as if others do not appreciate your efforts. People who burnout has high emotional load and poor good practices.

Physical – chronic fatigue, chest pains, all-body aches, dizziness, shortness of breath, headaches and heart palpitations

Psychological- Feelings of helplessness, anger, frustration, anxiety, depression, irritability, hopelessness

Behavioural- Drop in quality of work, underperformance, no drive, insomnia, zero libido

Causes

We know that psychological stress, childhood trauma, perfectionist personalities,, low physical fitness, and often sustained/multiple incidence causing adversity can result in mental health illness. High self expectation, and lack of a supportive home/work environments can also result in mental health disorders.

Who gets it

Mental illness can affect anyone. It is estimated that 30% of the adult population has a recognised psychological disorder. Almost 15% of people aged 16-65 will have an anxiety disorder, and 1 in 10 people will have clinical depression,  People who are in chronic pain are four times more likely to experience depression in their lifetime than those who don’t have chronic pain.

With our busy lifestyles, lifestyle pressures, and competitive work environments, burnout rates amongst individuals are also staggeringly high. According to a survey of the American Psychological Association, money, and workplace and family responsibilities are the three major sources of stress and burnout. Levels of stress can vary from person to person depending on a variety of factors such as feelings, a person’s employment status, age, income, and ethnicity. In 2015, it was found that millennials had the highest stress levels of any age group.