WHY

My Way Code:

a person-centred mental health and life skills programme to help navigate life whilst building emotional resilience, feeling more autonomy, taking personal responsibility and celebrating our identity.

My Way Code is devised by Soni Cox, an experienced and BACP accredited Counsellor and Supervisor.

The idea and innovation for the My Way Code programme is developed from her own life experiences and many years working in mental health.

Through my work with young people and adults who had missed the opportunities to learn about themselves in a safe, healthy environment growing up, or in relationships, going on to develop beliefs or coping strategies but then became difficult to continue with life-long, I saw that the awareness of why they had to do what they could for survival or to numb emotional pain helped people change for the future.


Similarly, in a world where we are expected to adapt to change quickly and manage huge amounts of stress just in "normal" everyday living, we rarely get the opportunity to reflect on how we are feeling until it becomes problematic.


My Way Code is developed to be useful to all - to create an opportunity via technology for anybody to work through questions about their life, thinking, behaviours and beliefs they hold whilst regularly reviewing, tracking and celebrating progress.


Unlike a lot of "self help", My Way Code is gender neutral, aspirational, easy to engage with and because the learned strategies are individually developed by the user they are easier to recall and implement in real life.


What we also do by this innovation is capture data about what really is affecting people’s lives and what is working; research we will use to inform policy and influence change.

Why we need to help: 

There are many reasons to help; the ripple effect of benefits on people's lives of having good mental health is so huge it is hard to encapsulate. Here are some recent findings (pre-Covid).

1 in 7

1 in 5

1 in 5

people experience mental

health problems in the workplace.

Mixed anxiety and depression has been estimated to cause one fifth of days lost from work in Britain

One in five adults said that images used in advertising and social media caused them to worry about their body image.

1 in 12

1 in 4

1 in 4

Children and young people had an emotional disorder such as anxiety

or depression. Rates of emotional disorders increased with age,

and is more common in girls than boys.

22.4 % of girls aged 17 to 19 years old had an emotional disorder.

Rates of emotional disorders were higher children of parents who showed signs of a common mental disorder (17.5%).

Suicide:

In the UK in 2018, ONS recorded that there were 6,507 

deaths by suicide (nearly 18 people per day). Overall, men accounted for three-quarters of UK deaths by suicide in 2018.

Self Harm:

The prevalence of self-reported lifetime NSSH

(non-suicidal self-harm) usually to relieve unpleasant feelings of anger, tension, anxiety, or depression in young people and adults has increased to 6% of the English population with the highest rate (approx 19%) in those aged 16-24. Male participants and those aged 16–34 years were less likely to have contact with health services than were female participants and older people.

Mental Health - help our adults - help our children and families:

In 2017, NHS data showed that about one in twelve (8.1%) children

and young people had an emotional disorder such as anxiety or

depression. Rates of emotional disorders increased with age and were more common in girls than boys. One in four (22.4%) girls aged 17 to 19 years old had an emotional disorder. Rates of emotional disorders were higher in children in households with less healthy family functioning (13.8%) and in children of parents who showed signs of a common mental disorder (17.5%).

Mental health services are in crisis. Although the model of face to face, one to one sessions is necessary for those with menatl health problems or those in crisis, it is expensive and often inaccessible for most people who are experiencing problems but are sub-threshold for health service referral.

We need to provide resources for people where they are; on their phones and devices, at all times of day and night or in groups at work or families. 

Get in touch if you would like more info by emailing: soni@mywaycode.org

© Soni Cox 2020