Mental health relates to your ability to cope with everyday life situations, fulfilling your roles and reaching your potential. Over a quarter of the population experience some difficulty with their mental health in any one year (Mental Health Organisation).
There are many diagnoses for different mental health conditions, however no two people with the same diagnosis present the same. For more information on individual conditions visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Mental health conditions can effect your communication, examples of this include:
- Speech intelligibility
- Social communication e.g. initiation, turn taking
- Sentence construction
- Ability to stay on topic
- Ability to express your feelings
- Listening skills
- Use and understanding of non-verbal communication e.g. gestures and body language.
How we can help
Our Speech and Language Therapists work with a multi-disciplinary team to maximise a person's communication potential. Each person has individual needs and therefore our Speech and Language Therapist will work with the person and their family/carers to plan a suitable approach. Sometimes adaptations to the environment and changes in the way in which others communicate with the individual can increase communication potential. Other individuals may need individual therapy to focus on specific communication skills.