Our best defence against mental illness is Psychological Education
We teach our children basic hygiene: Wash your hands. Eat your vegetables. Get some exercise. When it comes to psychological health and wellbeing we teach them next to nothing!
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Metaphors are armour against mental illness
Research has identified two life-stages ideally suited to internalizing the basic principles of mental health. We assimilate the keystone principles of psychological health and wellbeing best when we are taught them, first in kindergarten, and then once again in our teens or as young adults.
While it may come as a surprise, it is a well-established fact that most of us have grasped the basics of metaphorical reasoning by the time are just fourteen months old. By the age of four, we clearly understand metaphors and have unconsciously become intuitively adept at using them. Otago Medical School’s paradigm-shifting Dunedin Longitudinal Study has indicated that early intervention with basic psychological education can have a profoundly positive effect on outcomes later in life.
Metaphorical Therapy also helps establish the Four Keystone Principles of psychological health at a time in our lives when we need them most. A basic understanding of self-preservation, boundaries, self-worth, and processing emotion, continues to help legions of young people navigate the treacherous waters of adolescence.
As parents, the System enables us to protect our children from the scourge of mental illness by teaching them how to become psychologically robust and resilient. Metaphorical Therapy brings help, mental wellness, and most importantly, hope to each new generation.
Help for schools and universities
Metaphorical Therapy delivers a solid grounding in the fundamental principles of psychological health that are a child’s best defence against mental illness.
Where the mind goes the body follows. Psychological resilience is the most important survival skill our teens, uni students, and young adults can learn.
“Empirical evidence supports the view that by the age of four children can distinguish literal from nonliteral similarity, and therefore are capable, in principle, of producing and comprehending metaphorical language.”
“It is now widely accepted that metaphoric understanding emerges during the preschool years.”
Contact us and discover how Metaphorical Therapy can support the mental health of your students.