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How to manage difficult conversations

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How to manage difficult conversations can be a very complex topic. Difficult conversations are a certainty in life, just as certain as the sun rising and setting each day – unless you live in the North West where it doesn’t seem to do either. The fact is many of us do not feel comfortable engaging in difficult conversations, whether it be with a family member, employee, colleague or friend, even though these conversations… Read More »How to manage difficult conversations


How does food affect your mood?

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Knowing how food affects your mood can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.Improving your diet may help to: – Improve your mood – Give you more energy – Help you think more clearly. Eating regularly If your blood sugar drops you might feel tired, irritable… Read More »How does food affect your mood?

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Self Care when Working From Home

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It is important to practice self care when working from home. Many of us are working from home and working harder than we were pre-pandemic, when we may have been in the office.  A high percentage of staff often feel like they have to work harder at home due to “home-working guilt“. You may feel like you owe your employer more of your time due to colleagues being off to sickness/furlough and because… Read More »Self Care when Working From Home


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 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


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


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

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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