So, if you’ve been wondering where I’ve been lately, here’s the answer! I have been working on a few chapters which are going to be published in a new book my supervisor has been editing. The book is called “How to be Happy and Healthy – The seven natural elements of mental health.” The book is edited and authored by Maeve Halpin in addition to Dr. Edmond O’Flaherty, Nicole Paulie (myself), Claire Owens, Sandra Higgins, Dr. Michael DelMonte and Melanie Billings as contributing authors. The foreward was even written by the well-known Professor Ivor Browne, who will also be launching the book for us in a few weeks.
As the stigma of mental illness begins to recede, there is a vast and growing interest in issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidality. For the first time, this book clearly explains the essential link between mental and physical health and gives practical, evidenced-based tools for developing a lifestyle that prevents illness and supports mental and physical well-being. Seven professionals from the fields of medicine and psychology have contributed chapters drawn from their clinical experience, to provide accessible, engaging information on the diverse aspects of natural approaches to mental health.
Stable mental functioning is predicated on three fundamental, physical elements: nutritious food, restorative sleep and regular exercise. These three elements work together to ensure that the body’s biochemistry (i.e. the complex combination of chemicals that keep us feeling well) is functioning at optimal levels. Three further elements, daily practices of meditation, mindfulness and compassion, have been shown to have powerful therapeutic effects by calming, nurturing and fortifying the heart and mind. The seventh element, counselling, is a process that can help consolidate this synthesis of healing principles, facilitating and sustaining long-term change. “How to Be Happy and Healthy” comprises seven stand-alone chapters, one devoted to each of these critical elements. This landmark book is essential reading not only for those with mental health problems but also for their families, health professionals of all disciplines, and anyone who wishes to take control of their their mental and emotional well being.
So – are you around Thursday, July 10th?
If you are, feel free to attend our launch for the book at Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street in Dublin at 6:30 pm. To find out more information, or to RSVP for the book launch, check out our Facebook event. We look forward to seeing you there!
Nicole Paulie is a Counselling Psychologist, and co-author of “How to be Happy and Healthy – The seven natural elements of mental health.” She provides therapy in the Dublin city area. Contact us to learn more or to book an appointment.