Mental Health

From answering ‘awkward’ questions to encouraging curiosity and kindness, we explore how to approach conversations with children There are 14 million disabled people in the UK, yet talking about disability is still seen as a taboo topic. It can feel awkward for everyone involved, but it doesn’t have to be that way. As a disabled
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Award-winning nutritionist, author, speaker and founder of Happy Hormones for Life Nicki Williams shares her thoughts on our ‘Feisty Four’ hormones Nicki Williams has significant professional experience as a nutritionist but it was her personal experiences around 10 years ago that lay the foundations for her business Happy Hormones for Life. Like so many women
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A new project seeks to combine Minecraft play with counselling to support children’s mental health Tech for Good, an initiative launched by mental health charity North East Children, sees children and young people play video games, specifically Minecraft, as part of traditional counselling sessions. The sessions, facilitated by trained counsellors, run alongside talking therapy and
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From appreciating each other and recognising the power of hope, to learning about our planet, we share 10 things to do this July 1. Page-turners The Comfort Book by Matt Haig For most of us, hope is a comforting emotion we rely on during periods of mental ill-health. Matt Haig’s latest book delves into the
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Poppy Jamie has lived experience of the damage that striving for perfection can do to our wellbeing. Now, she’s taking that knowledge, as well as a mountain of professional know-how on self-acceptance, and sharing it so we can all embrace our wildest, most imperfect selves There are more than a few words I’d love to
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With rigid thresholds for receiving specialist mental health care in place, children and young people are falling through the gaps When it comes to supporting those with mental health problems, early intervention is key to preventing escalation, and yet new findings from charities Young Minds and The Children’s Society have revealed that more than a
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Make your voice heard, and stand up for what you believe in, with these tips for creating positive change Most of us have a cause that we believe in – be that environmentalism, anti-racism, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, political activism, or, of course, standing up to mental health stigma – and in 2021 there are so
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Dr Lee Valls, Clinical Director of The London Practice returns to I am. I have – How it Helps, to discuss EMDR, who and how it can help Dr Lee Valls, Counselling Psychologist and friend of Happiful, is back to share information and supportive advice, this time around the subject of EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitisation
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Tune-in to the world around you, and discover a new sense of wellbeing Our senses play a huge part in our everyday life, yet we often take them for granted. It’s only when we’re unwell and one of our senses is temporarily cut off (for instance, if we have a blocked nose), that we finally
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The fifth Loneliness Awareness Week kicks off today and this year we’re being encouraged to accept loneliness as a natural part of being human Many of us know how it feels to be lonely and, in the last year, more of us than ever have felt its effects. With a mission to bring the conversation
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Start them young, and stand by as their self-love and confidence blossoms Parents almost always teach their kids to be kind. They encourage them to say please and thank you, share their toys, and be a good friend. But self-kindness is often left unsaid, and in my role as a children’s therapist I’ve heard many
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A new study has found that addressing a common cognitive deficit could help with depressive symptoms If you live with depression, you’ll likely know many of the treatment options available. Some people find medication helpful, some benefit from talking therapy and others utilise a blended approach. Physical health is often highlighted by experts too, with
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Get to know yourself, and begin living a more authentic life What does it mean to live an authentic life? And how do you know if you’re being authentically you? We all deal with certain pressures, to conform and compromise, from the people around us – our peers, partners, family, friends, employers, and society as
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The Sunday Times’ Life Lessons Festival returns as an open-air event with a great line-up and plenty of (brain) food for thought… Life Lessons, London’s thought-led festival, will take place once again between 16-18 July. This time the festival will unfold in the beautiful surroundings of Chiswick House and Gardens in London, with an amazing
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Does the thought of heading back to the gym bring you out in a sweat? We share five tips to exercise your confidence and avoid ‘gymtimidation’ At the best of times the gym can feel intimidating, let alone hitting the machines after months of living room workouts. But given the positive benefits of exercise –
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The pandemic has added extra stress to all our lives, and for those with anxiety disorders the last year has been particularly gruelling. Here, we suggest some effective measures to help you navigate these difficult days Brain fog, restlessness, feeling constantly on edge, and that pit of dread in your stomach – with one in
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Feeling rejected is never fun, but what if there were ways we could turn the experience from a self-worth saboteur into an opportunity for growth? For some of us, it’s accompanied by confusion, for others by sadness or anger, but regardless of which emotion you most relate to, this is a feeling all of us
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