Despite the increased media attention given to mental health issues in recent years, there is still much confusion about how best to nourish and preserve our own emotional well-being. In Protecting Mental Health, clinical psychologist Dr Keith Gaynor shares his expertise – gleaned from more than ten years’ experience working at the front line of mental health services in Ireland and the UK – in a practical and encouraging fashion.
Protecting Mental Health explores how, both as individuals and as a community, we can nurture positive mental health and reduce negative emotions like anxiety or depression. It also examines the relationship between better mental health and a ‘happier’ society.
Anyone, irrespective of age, gender or personal circumstances, can experience mental health difficulties. However, as this book ably explains, by taking the time to nurture our psychological health – as we would our physical health – we will not only be better equipped to overcome problems in every facet of our lives, we can live each day with a sense of confidence and joy.
Dr Keith Gaynor is a senior clinical psychologist at St John of God Hospital, Stillorgan. He has a first-class degree in psychology from UCD, and specialises in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). He regularly contributes to the media, and has written articles for a number of newspapers on the subject of mental health. In October 2013, he gave a lecture on Borderline Personality Disorder, which has been viewed over 65,000 times on YouTube and is now part of the teaching curriculum in two US universities.