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Gareth Penrhyn - Independent Lifeplus Associate

The Lifeplus philosophy leads with a holistic approach to overall health and wellbeing. Before we experienced a world-wide pandemic, mental health issues were increasing, and we felt the need to really understand the core of the problem. Why have prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs doubled in a decade and what alternative treatments are available to reverse this trend? With so much conflicting information out there, we wanted to give ordinary people a voice.

In January 2020 we commissioned a national UK survey of 2000 adults that sought to explore attitudes towards mental health. To understand the role that social media plays and what participants feel about the aspects of lifestyle, diet, exercise, and health supplements. In short ‘what is the alternative to anti-depressant medication?’*

The survey results are surprising and enlightening, they give us a real insight into critical issues at ground level and reinforced our commitment to provide expert advice and guidance to assist.
Top line survey results can be seen in the video and infographic below. Full survey data statistics are available to view and download.

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We will conduct follow-up research to better understand how people have been effected by COVID-19 and whether it has changed their attitude towards mental health and the role of anti-depressants. So keep an eye out for the results.

Expert Advice and Insight

The Lifeplus formula is a simple shorthand for our philosophy, a source of practical advice and inspiration to help you achieve a happier and healthier you. We team up with medical experts, specialists in their field, asking them to share their knowledge.

Dr Elizabeth Robinson RMN BSc(Hons) PhD ENB 985 DipMan IPT is a psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health for 35 years. Her PHD at the University of Durham focused on depression and she is involved in forensic psychiatry and mental health research. Elizabeth shares her expertise with us, providing expert mental health advice here to avoid depression and improve your state of mind.

The Lifeplus team are also keen to provide expert advice on reducing the potential harmful effect of social media for you and your family. Claire Eastham is a best-selling author and award-winning mental health blogger. Claire comments on the survey results and give us her expert advice on how to deal with of social media in a way that does not affect our mental health negatively.

Further information on the many aspects of social media in today’s society, including sources of practical help and support is available on our social media mental health advice page.

Journalists can access our press page and download survey assets here.

*Lifeplus is presenting survey results. Lifeplus does not recommend changing your treatment plan without consulting your G.P.

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