Category: Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters: Revisiting The Power Of Small

Last year, we published a blog about ‘The Power of Small’ for Time To Talk Day, discussing how a small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference. By looking out for each other, reaching out, and creating a dialogue around mental health, you could help your loved ones if they […]

Mental Health Matters: Support Services

Seeking Mental Health Support Seeking help isn’t always easy, especially for mental health problems. Unfortunately, the stigma around disclosing you are unwell still remains despite the many campaigns and open conversations that are happening every day across the country. It can also seem complicated, and it may feel like people aren’t listening to you, or […]

Mental Health Matters: Psychosis

What does the term ‘Psycho‘ mean to you? Does it conjure up images of a person being dangerously violent, maybe attacking people out of nowhere or simply exploding into a fit of rage for no apparent reason? It is unfortunate that the stigma around Psychosis is such that a majority of people will think this […]

Mental Health Matters: Schizophrenia

What Is Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a long-term mental health condition, which can cause a range of different psychological symptoms, including reality being interpreted abnormally. In some cases, the condition can be disabling. People with Schizophrenia require lifelong treatment, however early diagnosis may help get symptoms under control before serious complications develop. Schizophrenia involves a range […]

Week Commencing 06/09/2021 – In The News

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“Don’t let your guard down”, IOSH urges businesses The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) today calls on businesses to “not let their guard down” to ensure COVID-19 doesn’t spread rapidly through workplaces. With children returning to school in much of England this week and people attending sports and music events in their thousands […]

Mental Health Matters: Self-Harm

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Content warning: please note this article discusses sensitive topics including self-harm, suicide and mentions of eating disorders and substance abuse.    Self-harm can be difficult to talk about and hard for others to understand as there are many misconceptions about the behaviour, and just as many preconceived ideas and stereotypes as well. Before you continue […]

Mental Health Matters: Eating Disorders

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What are Eating Disorders? Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that anyone can have regardless of their background, age, gender or ethnicity. It is estimated by Beat that around 1.25 million people have an eating disorder in the UK with 25% of these people being men. But, as with all mental health, stigmas mean many […]

Mental Health Matters: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

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What is PTSD? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day […]

Mental Health Matters: Dealing with Depression

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Feeling Depressed vs Having Depression Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression. Depression is a long-lasting low mood disorder. It affects your ability to do […]

Nature and Mental Health

Every May, the Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week (10th-16th May 2021). It is an event intended to encourage the UK to consider and discuss mental health and how to look after their wellbeing. Each year the Mental Health Foundation chooses a theme to centre these vital conversations around. The theme for 2021 […]