Mental Health

Coping With Christmas When You’re Just Not Feeling It

Tis the season to be Jolly, so the well-known carol says. But what if you’re not feeling jolly this Christmas? Perhaps the thought of all the extra work – especially if it seems to be mostly falling to you –  is pushing your stress buttons and bringing out your inner Grinch. Or maybe you’re going to …

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Happy World Mental Health Day!

What is World Mental Health Day all about? Well, it aims to spread awareness, educate and reduce the stigma that is sadly still associated with mental health problems in society. The event provides a great opportunity for people to share knowledge, talk about how to take care of mental health, and also deal with society’s …

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New Blog Dedicated to Childrens’ Mental Health

I’m excited to share that I have created a new blog which is dedicated to childrens’ mental health and wellbeing over on my Brighter Futures for Kids website.  Its called ‘Creating Kids Who Can’ and it will be sharing weekly posts on topics parents frequently ask me about. You can visit the blog by clicking …

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Will You Get Back on the Merry-Go-Round?

Back in May, there was a quote was circulating on social media cautioning those of us desperate to ‘get back to normal’ to use the time of lockdown to consider which parts of normal were actually worth rushing back to.  Judging from the amount of shares it received, It struck a chord with many people. As …

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Tips for Coping with SAD and the Winter Blues

Tips for coping with SAD and the ‘Winter Blues’

I was delighted to be invited along to the studios of BBC Radio Derby recently to talk about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  You can listen to the interview here (its starts 1hr 15 minutes into the programme).   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gtsks Talking about it with Sally Pepper and the other contributors has prompted me into writing this …

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Counselling in the News: Reaction to new government strategy on mental health

The Government’s new strategy ‘No Health Without Mental Health‘ was announced on Wednesday,with £400m being pledged over four years to extend the IAPT scheme (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) so that talking therapies, including counselling, will be more widely available – especially to children and young people. Six objectives have been set out in the …

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TV dramas unhelpful and misleading portrayal of mental illness

I was interested to see a piece in ‘Therapy Today’, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s professional journal, yesterday complaining about the way fictional characters with mental health problems are portrayed on television.  Having just seen the second part of BBC’s ‘Silent Witness’ a couple of nights before, I was already fuming about this …

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