Innerwealth combines ancient wisdom with 21st century science. Through nature based self awareness techniques, clients are encouraged to accept negative thoughts and feelings without allowing them to alter their emotional state or allow themselves to go into a spiral of despair.
This nature based awareness offers an alternative for the millions of people who suffer recurrent depression.
Immersion in Nature, and applying the Laws of Nature, offers a “safe and empowering” option alongside mainstream approaches to dealing with depression, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy and antidepressants.
The Back on Track programme involves a coaching session of two hours once a week for four weeks and a full-day session on the fifth week for those struggling with depression. But much of the work is done by clients themselves using guided daily exercises in their “power hour” in their everyday lives.
Studies have shown in nine trials conducted in the UK, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland that 38 per cent of people who received mindfulness therapy had a depressive relapse within five months compared with 49 per cent who did not receive the treatment. But I believe my statistics are far better than both. Firstly, because I deal with the cause of depression, elation, rather than the effect.
Around three million people suffer depression in Britain alone and without ongoing treatment four in five will relapse at some point.
The study found that mindfulness was particularly helpful for people with most depressive symptoms. But the incidence of relapse is unhealthy. I am not satisfied with even a few percent of relapse within any period. If we can get those suffering from depression outdoors into nature, witnessing the true beauty of nature’s laws, there is absolutely no cause to expect relapse especially when the tools are provided to handle the chemical and psychological challenges that come with bad news.
In 2015 nearly 60 million antidepressants were dispensed in England – almost twice as many as in 2004. Sir Simon Wessley, professor of psychological medicine at King’s College London said: “We already know that the best treatments for depression involve talking therapies and antidepressants.”
My belief is that talking therapies are essential for those in extreme danger of self harm, as are the antidepressants, however, there are so many of us who have short stints of feeling like crap who get “wrongly prescribed” talking therapy or medication when all we need is a shake up in our expectations and perceptions of reality. What better way to engage in this than biophilia, nature and a big, big dose of real life inspiration.
The above research is published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry.