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Lifestyle Coaching for Mental Health Difficulties: Scoping Review.

Bishop, L., Hemingway, A. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., 2018. Lifestyle Coaching for Mental Health Difficulties: Scoping Review. Journal of Public Mental Health, 17 (1), 29-44.

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DOI: 10.1108/JPMH-04-2017-0018


Purpose: UK mental health strategy calls for interventions that empower people to selfmanage their condition. In lifestyle coaching, coach and client work collaboratively on positive behaviour change to improve client health. There is debate about the appropriateness of coaching for mental health, yet claims have not been supported with evidence. Therefore, this study sought to explore the nature and scope of existing research literature in this field. Design/methodology/approach: Scoping review. Findings: The growing evidence-base shows positive outcomes of coaching; for instance symptom reduction, enhanced self-management and achievement of personal goals. Research limitations/implications: The evidence-base is small and of variable quality, offering insights that warrant further exploration. Practical implications: Coaching not only supports better self-management but also addresses further mental health strategy priorities (such as improved physical health and social functioning). Coaches need not be mental health experts; therefore coaching may be a cost-effective intervention. Social implications: As mental ill-health prevalence continues to rise despite widespread use of IAPT and medication, there is a need to explore how novel approaches such as coaching might be integrated into mental healthcare. Originality/value: This was the first study to collate the evidence on mental health coaching, highlighting its extensive potential, which should be further explored in research and practice

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:lifestyle; mental health; coaching; strategy; intervention; scoping review
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:30560
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 Apr 2018 12:35
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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