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Grounding

Grounding Yourself During Coronavirus

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Shortness of breath can be a sign of coronavirus, but also panic attacks. The shortness of breath associated with coronavirus can be an incredibly scary experience, and can lead you to feel panicked. The feeling of panic can trigger the fight or flight response, which in itself can induce breathlessness. It is imperative therefore to adopt grounding techniques when struggling with coronavirus in order to slow your mind, take control… Read More »Grounding Yourself During Coronavirus

Self Isolation

Getting to Know Yourself in Isolation

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Coronavirus has had an unquestionable impact on all of our lives. Aside from the health anxieties coronavirus has triggered, one of the biggest challenges faced by humans as a collective, has been going into lockdown. For the time being our movements, our ability to see friends and loved ones, and even where we work, is all restricted. Gone is the rush of the work commute and the school run. Gone… Read More »Getting to Know Yourself in Isolation

Coronavirus

Coronavirus and Mental Health: Stay Safe

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It is unlikely to be news to anyone that Coronavirus is leading to a global state of panic. Many areas in China and Italy are being quarantined, and “coronavirus masks” are selling out in their droves, often for far more than their recommended retail value. Whilst this is a cause of concern for many, Coronavirus is having a stark impact on the wellbeing on those with mental health conditions. OCD… Read More »Coronavirus and Mental Health: Stay Safe

Self-Esteem

How to Build Self-Esteem

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A great way to build self-esteem is to do something for someone else. Give the gift of your skills! Whether this be via volunteering, or lending a hand to a neighbour or friend, helping others can be incredibly worthwhile. This can also highlight to yourself that you have skills and qualities that are of value. Feeling appreciated can also be very rewarding, and again improve your self-esteem and sense of… Read More »How to Build Self-Esteem

Brexit

The Impact of Brexit on Mental Health

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Open Access Government have recently published our article which explores the link between Brexit and Mental Health. We begin this article very conscious of the inescapable phenomenon that is Brexit. It can feel very much as though it dominates the media to the point that we cannot avoid it. We see it on the news, hear it on the radio and, find it in the newspaper whether we want to… Read More »The Impact of Brexit on Mental Health

Social Media

The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

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Open Access Government have recently published our article which explores the link between Social Media and poor Mental Health. There are an estimated 3.8 billion users of social media in 2020. Facebook currently boasts 2.4 billion active social media users, Instagram 1 billion users, with figures anticipated to grow as lesser developed digital markets catch up with the increased availability of mobile phones. Marketing tool Social media has also gone… Read More »The Impact of Social Media on Mental Health

St Andrews

St Andrews Healthcare to get overhaul

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St Andrews Mental Health hospital based in Northampton, is to be “refreshed” following repeated and systematic failings in its leadership. The charity has been under scrutiny following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The charity is set to replace its facility at Fitzroy House, for a smaller service which holds less than the current 110 capacity. CQC, who visited the premises on 23rd and 24th October had found… Read More »St Andrews Healthcare to get overhaul

Brain

Are we forgetting about other mental health illnesses?

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The current political climate means that mental health awareness is at the forefront more than ever. Mental Health Awareness week often sees posts such as “It’s ok not to be ok” and “Remember – you are loved” in their droves across social media platforms. Whilst this increased awareness is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, acceptance and understanding appears to be weighted heavily towards awareness and acceptance of “common”… Read More »Are we forgetting about other mental health illnesses?

University

Universities should provide Mental Health “clarity” to parents of students

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Universities are being urges to provide a much clearer process on whether parents will be contacted if their students face a mental health crisis. Following concerns over a recent spike in suicides by students at university, some universities are asking students whether they would like to opt-in to having their parents contacted in the event of an emergency. The University of Bristol has recently introduced an “opt-in” system, which allows… Read More »Universities should provide Mental Health “clarity” to parents of students

Running

Study shows different types of exercise affect the brain in different ways

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A new study has shown for the first time that low intensity and high intensity exercises impact the brain differently. Twenty-five male athletes underwent incremental treadmill tests for 30 minutes of both low and high intensity on separate days. Before and after exercising, researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (Rs-FMRI) to examine the connectivity of different brain regions, and the athletes also completed a self-reported questionnaire to measure positive and negative mood. … Read More »Study shows different types of exercise affect the brain in different ways