Category: Mental Health Matters

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Considering Mental Health and Work

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Mental Health: An Often Oversimplified Notion If the title of this article were ‘Considering Physical Health and Work’, you’d probably expect it to be of an encyclopaedic length to even scratch the surface. When we discuss mental health, however, there is no such understanding of the complexity of the phenomena, and it is often oversimplified […]

Mythbusting Bipolar Disorder

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Though it’s relatively uncommon, bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that can affect anyone. Formerly known as manic-depressive illness or manic depression it is a mental illness that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, and as with all mental ill health has some negative stigmas attached to it; some of the […]

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

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What Is Anxiety? Being anxious is a natural human response when we feel threatened, are under stress or dealing with changes, especially if they have a big impact on your life. Humans have evolved ways to help protect ourselves; when under threat our body produces adrenaline and cortisol which help us feel more alert so […]

Mental Health Myths and Facts

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Mental health problems continue to be a growing concern in the UK, with the ongoing impact of COVID-19 only exacerbating the situation. Following on from ‘Time to Talk Day’ which was a day dedicated to trying to get more people comfortable about talking about Mental Health, we thought we would debunk a few of the […]