In response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken us all by surprise and forced us to change our lifestyles and daily habits to stay in line with government guidelines on maintaining public health and preventing the further spreading of the disease. However, the fallout from the pandemic is not just a matter of physical health. Public safety guidelines have required us to isolate from others and maintain social distancing. While this was a necessity, it means that many of us are facing another pandemic that has been an undercurrent in society for much longer than COVID-19 – loneliness, depression and anxiety. Mental health conditions are consequently on the rise.

The public safety measures of social distancing and isolation have left even the healthiest of us at a loss, but we must consider the significant impact that these measures are having on the more vulnerable members of our population. It is well known that isolation and loneliness can provoke and amplify mental health conditions. For those who were managing before, the challenge is much greater now. And for those who were already struggling to cope, the current situation presents a serious crisis.

For this reason, Michael Ishmail understood that there was no better time to launch Ishmail & Associates: a premium mental and behavioural healthcare service.

Now more than ever there is a call for diligent and compassionate care for those in need’, explains Ishmail.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already difficult psychological suffering and challenges that many of us are facing. Over the last few months many in our society have had to face a tsunami of difficult experiences: grief at the loss of people we love; restrictions on group gatherings; shock and uncertainty following job losses; difficult dynamics within the home for those who must stay with their families; restrictions of movement that can cause restlessness and boredom, as well as a general fear about what the future holds. All this and more means the likelihood of underlying mental health conditions rising to the surface is high.

Experience and Knowledge in Care and Support

With over 17 years of experience as a senior healthcare professional, therapist, and psychotherapeutic supervisor, CEO and founder of Ishmail & Associates Michael Ishmail has a strong repertoire of knowledge and mental health treatment support services. Micahel is using his experience, knowledge and network of professional specialists to provide as much support as possible for those in need.

‘We want people to know that they don’t have to struggle alone. Ishmail & Associates are working diligently to act as a reliable support though this collective trauma.’ – Michael Ishmail

Treatment Services offered by Ishmail & Associates

Ishmail & Associates provides high quality care that leads to long-term recovery from a wide range of disorders. With a team of elite specialists in the area of mental and behavioural healthcare, treatment is available for the following conditions and disorders.

  • Anxiety – including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Stress and burnout
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders – including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

Worldwide Access to Home and Community Based Services

Ishmail & Associates also offers completely private at-home and in-community mental and behavioural health services with worldwide access.

Services offered include, but are not limited to:

  • Family Interventions
  • Home and community-based treatment services
  • Treatment referral with case management services
  • Aftercare packages
  • Physical and mental health screening and assessments
  • Individual and family counselling services
  • Psychological, psychiatric, and GP monitoring
  • Discreet transportation service across the UK and worldwide

A Team of Expert Specialists

The team at Ishmail & Associates is made up of premium specialists who are trained in identifying and addressing a comprehensive range of needs. Members of the team include:

  • Psychotherapists
  • Counsellors
  • Medical Doctors
  • Psychiatric Doctors
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Recovery Coaches
  • Live-in Companions

There is a shared understanding among the team that in order to fully recover from whatever mental or behavioural disorder a client is facing, an evidence-based, compassionate, collaborative approach to treatment is called for. The team works alongside CEO Michael Ishmail himself to figure out and provide the most effective and suitable treatment approach for both clients and their families.

Greater Opportunities for Treatment

Due to stay-at-home measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have had to forego even simple daily routines, like outdoor exercise, going to a café or restaurant, getting out of the house to go to work, or even just taking a stroll to our favourite places. While the measures are an inconvenience for everyone, those who are struggling with addictions are facing an increased risk of use and for those in recovery, the risk is relapse is higher.

The founding of Ishmail & Associates means that there is greater opportunity for those in need to access fully integrated, exclusive treatment. Addictions worked with at Ishmail & Associates include:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Eating Disorders

Isolation and social distancing measures result in loneliness, perhaps restlessness, and boredom. These three factors can significantly contribute to the exacerbation of underlying disorders and triggers those struggling with addictions to use again. By providing in-home treatment and live-in care, we aim to reduce the prevalence and onset of mental and behavioural disorders that are likely to increase given the current situation.

A Source of Compassionate Care and Support

By launching Ishamil & Associates, Michael Ishmail hopes to provide much needed care and support in these unprecedented times. Challenges have arisen for mental and behavioural healthcare, there is no doubt about that. But that does not change the fact that people are still in need and even more in need currently. The innovative in-home treatment services offered eliminate the need for travel, transcending any future limitations that may again be placed on us by government COVID-19 guidelines. The wide range of services available means that many of the most vulnerable members of our population can access the treatment they need. Though these times of change and uncertainty may cause fear, they also present an opportunity to help those who need it most.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental or behavioural disorder, or even at risk, contact Ishmail & Associates today. Treatment services work best when they are accessed sooner rather than later.

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