Once again for the tenth year running the International Federation of Aromatherapists are coordinating Aromatherapy Awareness Week from 12th - 16th June 2017. The theme to mark this week is Aromatherapy & Mental Health. This is prompted by the worrying statistics that one adult in six has had a common mental disorder (CMD): about one woman in five and one man in eight. Since 2000, overall rates of CMD in England has steadily increased in women and remained largely stable in men. Mental health effects every age group and UK based statistics show that 10% of children and young people have a mental health problem; mental health is also the leading cause of sickness absence in the workplace.
The therapeutic benefits of essential oils have been known since ancient times and have been successfully used by medical practitioners in other countries of Europe since the early 20th Century. Since 1985 the IFA has been heavily involved in research in the UK and have a strong body of evidence which supports the therapeutic benefits of Clinical Aromatherapy with mental health issues. Over its extensive history, the IFA have pioneered Aromatherapy in the NHS, Hospices and Hospitals although more recognition is needed.
In previous years during the Awareness Week, IFA therapists have been interviewed on local radio, mentioned in local press, given demonstrations at exhibitions, in their local community centres, doctors surgeries and NHS hospital clinics, as well as offering discounts for treatments in an attempt to communicate our message to a broader audience.
The Awareness campaign is a unique opportunity for all clinical Aromatherapists to do something pro-active to raise the profile of the health benefits of Aromatherapy particularly how therapeutic grade essential oils can help to achieve emotional balance with psychological disorders. We would like to hear from therapists with experience working within this field, either privately, within the NHS or voluntary sectors. Please do share your stories with us and let us know how you intend to mark this week.
The IFA realises that therapists often need encouragement and support to get involved in press and publicity and the IFA PR team have formulated a professional support package for members to give them the confidence they need to speak with a collective voice to any sector of the community for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Some examples of successful research trials:
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