University is supposed to be the best time of our lives, right? When speaking to people from your parents' generation, watching the TV and reading the newspapers, it's so frequently portrayed as the most care-free time of booze, late nights, and the occasional lecture. Put simply, it is portrayed as being one big party away … Continue reading Managing Freshers When Coping with Mental Health Problems
It's the racing mind with thoughts that won't slow down. It's the compulsion to undertake lots of activities at once. It's the claustrophobia felt when surrounded by people. It's the fear of being alone. It's the need to escape from being indoors. It's the feeling of suffocation even when you're outside. It's … Continue reading Anxiety: from racing mind to irrational thoughts – an insider’s story.
When a computer has too many tabs open, what happens? Loading programs and websites slows down but its components speed up, heat up, and whir like crazy. Just like a computer which has been overloaded by too many processes, the mind can start to panic when too many things are going on at once. For … Continue reading Derealisation – the mind’s defence mechanism.
Event Seminar: Children, Young People And Mental Health: Communicating In An Online World Location: House of Commons, Westminster. Date: January 17th 2018. Hosted by: British Psychological Society and Mental Health Foundation. "Hi, I’m Emma Wilson, and I run my own business in mental health training and consultancy. I am a Youth and Adult … Continue reading Social Media, Mental Health and Young People – my speech at a House of Commons seminar.
When combined with a history of eating disorders and anxiety, any form of addiction that impacts levels of stress hormones and blood sugar are a terrible mix. We often talk about addiction to substances, such as alcohol or cigarettes, but one just as addictive – and easily assessable – drug is caffeine. When suffering with … Continue reading Caffeine: a harmful addiction for eating disorders and anxiety.
One of the easiest activities to relieve anxiety is to do some deep breathing exercises. It can be done on-the-go and therefore perfect to incorporate into our lives. It is also completely FREE! The breath is always there, but often goes unnoticed. Yet it is incredibly grounding to focus on the breath, and allow thoughts, feelings … Continue reading Mindful Breathing: The 4, 7, 8 Approach
One in four adults are said to have a mental health problem at any one time. Within the student population, a study conducted by the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2015 found that 78% of students reported having had a mental health problem in the past year, with 33% encountering suicidal thoughts.  This … Continue reading We need to talk about student mental health.