‘Burn-out & depression in elite sport: why it shouldn’t leave us stumped’ by Drs Amit Chaterjee & Phil Hopley

via metro.co.uk

The recent England Ashes tour to Australia brought the terms ‘depression’ and ‘stress-related illness’ firmly into the spotlight. The ferocity of that campaign was put to one side as players displayed sympathy for Jonathan Trott. Even the usually robust David Warner offered an apology for his own comments. Continue reading

Crisis at Christmas

Christmas can be an incredibly challenging time of year for people cut off from family and home.  For our charity this year LPP have chosen Crisis, a national charity for homeless people.

 

Crisis provide shelters, meals and facilities in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh.  They also offer potentially life-changing services focused on health and wellbeing (including counselling), housing, education, employment and more.  Crisis rely on a team of volunteers to put forward a special effort for 7 days around Christmas every year- a programme they refer to specifically as “Crisis at Christmas”.

 

LPP’s Managing Director Dr Phil Hopley is volunteering as a ‘befriender’ at shelters in West London this year.  “A good friend has been volunteering with Crisis for a number of years.  Listening to Jimmy talk about his time helping those less fortunate to enjoy a better Christmas has been my inspiration”.

 

If you would like to learn more about this good cause and how you can support Crisis at Christmas, visit:

http://www.crisis.org.uk/pages/christmas.html

“ARE YOU OK?” – Dr Phil Hopley

The best ideas are often so……well, so simple. Cat’s eyes, Velcro, sticking plasters, post-it notes….

In a quiet moment this evening I was surfing the net and came across a great story:

Buffalo City, USA. Bus driver spots young girl standing on a motorway bridge contemplating jumping. He stops his bus, speaks to her, gets out of his vehicle, approaches and … well see for yourself: Continue reading

‘Preparing Players for Life After Sport: PPF Conference 2013’ by Amber Anderson

LPP Consulting recently sponsored the PPF (Professional Players Federation) 2013 conference, on ‘Life After Sport’ at the Belfry. The conference was attended by several key sports player associations* and focused on understanding the challenges facing professional sportspeople upon their retirement and what more can be done to help them adjust to life out of the spotlight. Continue reading

‘Avatar therapy heralds a new age in mental health treatments’ by Dominic de Souza

A recent Radio 4 Today programme highlighted a new treatment for patients with schizophrenia, pioneered by Professor Julian Leff at University College London [1]. The preliminary findings from his research group suggest that there may be therapeutic potential from future treatments employing computer and communications based technology. Continue reading

‘James Bond: Burnout’ by Dr Adil Akram

Some people’s jobs are ‘killing them’ – in 007’s case, literally.

In 2012, I had the privilege of being an ‘extra’ in the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes [1].  Although termed ‘background artist’, I got more than I bargained for when playing a commuter on a busy London underground train as one of about 200 extras.  In a scene filmed over 4 days, ‘Bond’ played by Daniel Craig, races through the tube carriage and shoves me and others out of the way to tackle the villain ‘Silva’ played by Javier Bardem.  Sadly for me…in the final edited film my ‘close up’ ended up on the cutting room floor, a tragic loss to global cinema.

When watching Skyfall months later I was struck by how Bond’s character in the film experiences a ‘crisis of confidence’ about his abilities at work, despite being a key employee. Continue reading

‘Early Detection Baby Blues test kit?’ by Dr Guy Moss

A recent study by Dr Zachary Kaminsky, from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, identified the TTC9B and HP1BP3 genes which, when present in certain chemical alterations in pregnancy, may identify pregnant women who are at risk of developing post-natal depression. Blood tests on 52 expectant mothers predicted the onset of post-natal depression with an accuracy rate of 85 per cent. This study that was recently published in Journal of Molecular Psychiatry suggests a biological vulnerability to developing post-natal depression.  Continue reading

‘Yoga can benefit both body and mind’ by Dr Kate Joseph

“A strong body makes the mind strong” Thomas Jefferson

It is well known that mind and body are not separate and that stress and distress can affect our bodies in various ways. We commonly try to treat mental health problems by targeting the mind by using medication or talking therapy. Whereas medication alters neurotransmitters in the brain to help people to feel less anxious and low, talking therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy help people to change unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour. However, can physical practices like yoga lead to changes in mental health and wellbeing? The answer, according to Amy Weintraub, author of ‘Yoga for Depression’ is yes: “The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants are not enough”. (1) Continue reading