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Damian McCann

Damian McCann, Tavistock Relationships’ Head of Learning & Development and Director of City Wellbeing Centre, talks about the support available to City workers and residents at The City of London Corporation’s new City Wellbeing Centre

The last six months have been incredibly hard for so many people, with meaures to curb the spread of Covid-19 making profound changes to our lives and wreaking havic on our economy. We now face another six months of restrictions and uncertainty, and what is likely to be a desperately hard winter for many people who are dealing with feelings of isolation, loneliness, anxiety, loss and relationship difficulties.

As well as seeking support from government where appropriate, businesses need to recognise that the mental health and wellbeing of their employees will be essential to economic recovery.

Dean Russell, the Conservative MP for Watford, said in a recent article in The Times (‘Employees’ mental health is essential to economic recovery’, 15 September 2020), “Keeping employees healthy and working, where there is capacity to do so, will support the recovery of our economy.” He said, “absence management company FirstCare found that 60 per cent of workers who report two mental health absences will leave their job before reporting a third,” and he warns that without “timely and effective intervention some conditions could cause severe long-term damage.”

Here at the new City Wellbeing Centre on Middlesex Street, we are providing therapeutic mental health support for people who live or work in and around the City.

Therapy to help people experiencing a range of emotional and psychological difficulties, is delivered by psychotherapists from Tavistock Relationships, an internationally renowned organisation with over 70 years experience of supporting individuals and couples with mental health concerns and relationship problems.

Treatments include: individual counselling and psychotherapy; couple psychotherapy; group therapy; psychosexual therapy; mentalization based therapy for couples in conflict; help for divorced or separated couples; parenting

interventions; support for couples living with dementia; and support for retiring couples aged 50 plus.

These mental health therapies, which are not easily available through the NHS, are accessible to all. As a non-profit making organisation, Tavistock Relationships provides its therapeutic services on the basis of what individuals and couples can afford. Using a sliding scale, individuals and couples will be helped to agree a fee for sessions that is affordable.

Although these services are currently being offered online, it is hoped that in time there will be a return to face-to-face work as well as online therapy.

As well as people living and working in the City of London, the City Wellbeing Centre’s services are also available to people living in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Westminter, Southwark and Lambeth. To find out more, visit www.citywellbeingcentre.org or call us on 020 7380 1960.

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