When Cate Murden heard the news that 2017 Love Island star Mike Thalassitis had been found dead in a north London park last week, she knew she had to do something.
The woman behind PUSH Mind and Body, a business consultancy which works with companies to put in place structures to help employees build resilience and manage stress, was distraught at the news.
“It completely broke my heart that this was yet another person that this had happened to…another person who just felt like this was their only option,” she tells Relax Ya Self To Health.
So Cate made a decision – to offer month-long free talking therapy sessions one day a week with a PUSH psychotherapist.
The confidential appointments, which are being held in the company’s London-based Covent Garden office, are open to anyone over the age of 18.
“You can talk about anything you want. It doesn’t matter if you’ve heard of PUSH or if you’re a complete stranger,” Cate explains.
“If you need the space to think and talk there is a session here for you. I’ve had my own experiences and continue to have my own experiences in this area and it still remains bloody hard to manage but fortunately, I’ve got a support network around me and I understand the tools and the people that I can go to when my over anxious mind takes over.”
According to mental health charity Mind, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, while 1 in 6 people in England report experiencing disorders including anxiety and depression, in any given week.
Suicide is the biggest killer in men in the UK aged under 45, while this type of death occurs on our railways approximately every 36 hours. You can read my post on The Samaritan’s 2017 suicide prevention campaign Small Talk Saves Lives here.
Tragically, 2016 Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon also died by suicide in 2018. In a recent statement, ITV said every single cast member would, in the future, be offered therapy, as well as social media training and financial advice. It added that the programme’s medical support is being independently reviewed.
“When I started PUSH it was with the intention that fewer people would experience stress and poor mental health,” Cate continues.
“I would do anything to ensure that what happened last weekend doesn’t happen to someone else and if this act helps just one person then it’s worth every penny. Making this talking therapy available for the next month is only my small way of helping and I hope it incentivises some people, particularly other therapists, to think about maybe giving up an hour of their time to help.
“We’ll do everything we can to accommodate anyone who contacts us and, in the meantime, let’s just all keep talking and being there for each other – it’s the only thing that can make a difference.”
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