Coaching for Mental Health: Ethical Dilemma or Ethical Development?


In compiling this assignment I have been pleased to see many positive developments taking place in the care of people suffering from mental ill-health.

Although I have outlined the problems I have experienced, I am actually more convinced of the efficacy of coaching in every personal developmental field, especially that of mental health. Mental Health is peopled with highly sensitive individuals, clients and carers, people who work towards a vision of a fulfilled and vibrant life. With dedicated coaches in the mental health system I see an opportunity to make major changes to society as a whole. As coaching aims for the heart of personal development, so it can reveal the essence of a person and help to living a whole life without dependence on emotional survival strategies. Coaching offers a balanced attention to action, thought and feeling. Focussing on individual integrity and the use of existing resources, it acts as a life skills audit and lifestyle exercise.

“We need to learn how to invite people to explore and try more of their possibilities than modal upbringing seems to foster, so the invitation to live and grow is as fascinating as is the invitation to die. In fact, we need a new specialist — one who helps people find new projects when their old ones, the ones which made life liveable, have lost meaning”. Jourard 1971 .p.98-9

Coaching offers active learning for real mental health.
“The learners will inherit the earth, the learned are equipped for a world now past”. Eric Hoffer.


“Turn crisis into wisdom and helplessness into inspiration”.



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