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
There is a certain comfort in feeling numb. In a world of chaos, it is one of the few certainties that exists. That weight, that heaviness; it is an unwelcome guest that you wish would just leave but you cannot bear to say goodbye. Why? That means vulnerability. You are truly alone. There is no-one … Continue reading Reflecting on Depression, from the Other Side
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.
If you're anything like me, there is a tendency to place a lot of pressure on ourselves at the start of a new year. We might make Resolutions about what we eat, how much exercise we do, or how we navigate our daily lives. The new year is an opportunity to transform ourselves into someone … Continue reading PHR – ‘Postive Habit Resolutions’ for 2018
Managing a mental or physical health condition can be a challenge 365 days of the year. By the time you’ve settled into a routine of ‘just about managing’, it seems that winter has once again reappeared. Falling temperatures are already a shock to the system and require extra energy to get you through the day. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Manage the Festive Season When Living with Mental or Physical Health Problems
There is no doubt that coverage of mental health stories has grown in recent years. With an economic cost set at £74 billion and £99 billion in the UK, and one in four adults estimated to have a mental health problem, it has become a greater feature on the political agenda. In news reporting, this … Continue reading Mental Health and the Media: its role, responsibilities and the key challenges