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Ways to Cope with Depression

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Ways to Cope with Depression This is a list of things you CAN do, to help cope with depression, you don’t have to do every single one, even just try one on this list and if it makes you feel even a little bit better, you’ve achieved something today. Small steps, big impact Depression can… Continue reading Ways to Cope with Depression

Seasonal Depression

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Seasonal Depression Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel… Continue reading Seasonal Depression

Social Anxiety

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Social Anxiety We all know to feel nervous or uncomfortable in social situations. Maybe you will be shy when meeting new people, or sweaty palms before giving a big speech. Public speaking or walking into a room of strangers is not entirely exciting for everyone, but most people can get through it. However, if you… Continue reading Social Anxiety

Fear of Needles

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of Needles Many people are afraid of injections to some extent, but once this fear becomes persistent, excessive and unreasonable, then this fear becomes a phobia. Injection phobia is the fear and avoidance of various types of injections, and/or blood sampling through venipuncture (piercing the finger). This is a special phobia, very common, but… Continue reading Fear of Needles

Fear of a Place linked to a Trauma

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of a Place Linked to a Trauma It’s normal to experience traumatic stress following a disturbing event. Whether it is an attack, a loss, harassment, abuse, traffic accident, a plane crash, a violent crime, a terrorist attack, a global pandemic, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, or flood. You may feel… Continue reading Fear of a Place linked to a Trauma

Fear of Animals

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of Animals Zoophobia is the fear of animals. It can refer to a fear of a specific animal or to a fear of all animals. Zoophobias are one of the most common types of specific phobia. The most common zoophobias are those to snakes and spiders. It’s okay to have some worries about animals, but… Continue reading Fear of Animals

Loneliness at University

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Loneliness at University Loneliness in university or college is completely normal. There are many people who feel the same way as you. If you find that your loneliness persists and makes you depressed, try talking to a close friend or family member. You can also visit the campus support center at any time. What can… Continue reading Loneliness at University

Men’s Mental Health

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Men’s Mental Health In England, it is estimated that as many as one in eight men suffer from common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder or ODC (obsessive-compulsive disorder).  However, it is difficult to know how accurate these statistics are, because it only describes the reported mental health status-which means that in… Continue reading Men’s Mental Health

Fear of Blood

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of Blood Why do I feel dizzy when I see blood? The medical term is called Vasovagal syncope, which occurs when you faint because your body overreacts to certain triggers, such as the sight of blood or extreme emotional distress. It may also be called neurocardiogenic syncope. The vasovagal syncope trigger causes your heart rate… Continue reading Fear of Blood

Fear of Flying or Driving

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of Flying or Driving Whether it is caused by a fear of flying or different mental health conditions, many people experience panic attacks when traveling by air. These attacks may be challenging enough on the ground, and may seem more difficult when you are in flight. Here are some strategies for managing panic attacks… Continue reading Fear of Flying or Driving

Fear of Confined Spaces

Posted on: 05 Oct 2021

Fear of Confined Spaces Having a fear of enclosed spaces is called claustrophobia. Claustrophobia can cause people to avoid confined spaces, such as lifts, tunnels, tube trains, and public restrooms. This avoidance may further exacerbate the condition. Claustrophobia can originate from a one-time trauma of any age, developed when the person was a child (for… Continue reading Fear of Confined Spaces

Relationship Anxiety

Posted on: 05 Sep 2021

Relationship Anxiety Learning how to Cope with Relationship Anxiety “Are they cheating on me?” “Are they really where they say they are?” “I only feel secure when we’re together, but feel extremely anxious when we’re apart”  In some cases, even after the exchange of “I love you” in the relationship, these questions still remain. If… Continue reading Relationship Anxiety

Fear of Abandonment

Posted on: 05 Sep 2021

Fear of Abandonment The fear of being abandoned is an overwhelming worry, and people around you will leave.  Anyone can have a fear of being abandoned. It may be deeply rooted in your traumatic experiences as a child or painful relationships in adulthood. If you are afraid of being abandoned, it is can feel almost… Continue reading Fear of Abandonment

Recovery Journey ‘Sometimes Life is Like a River’ by M. Russell

Posted on: 04 Sep 2021

My Recovery Journey ‘Sometimes Life is Like a River’ by M. Russell Could you create a handbook for your own recovery journey? Has this inspired you to get the help you need?

Internalised Homophobia

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

Internalised Homophobia By the end of this tool, you will hopefully understand what internalised homophobia is, how to recognise internalised homophobia in yourself and others and have some practical solutions to overcome it.   What it is and why people experience it Internalised homophobia occurs when a person is subject to society’s negative perceptions, intolerance,… Continue reading Internalised Homophobia

5 Signs of Unhealed Trauma

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

5 Signs of Unhealed Trauma ✔️ Patterns of self-destructive and out-of-control behaviour For example, participating in addictive behaviours (eating disorders, drinking, drug use), self-harm or injury, feelings of avoidance (promiscuity and excessive sleeping). ✔️ Staying stuck in victim perpetrator or rescuer roles They routinely seek out relationships with abusive partners, or take on the role of abuser,… Continue reading 5 Signs of Unhealed Trauma

Fear of Sick

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

Fear of Sick Emetophobia Emetophobia is an extreme fear of vomiting, seeing vomit, watching other people vomit, or even feeling sick. It can affect people in lots of different ways, but if you think you may be struggling with emetophobia, you are not alone – help is available. Here are some peoples experiences: Anna, 23,… Continue reading Fear of Sick

Fear of Heights

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

Fear of Heights Acrophobia Acrophobia is an excessive fear of heights, manifested as severe anxiety. A person may have an attack while walking up stairs or climbing ladders. Sometimes the fear is so great that one cannot move. Acrophobia can create a dangerous situation for someone who has the fear of heights. How can I… Continue reading Fear of Heights

Voice Is Mine (a poem by anonymous)

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

Voice is mine A flower doesn’t question itself A lion doesn’t second guess its stealth A piano can’t play a note wrong A day it not a second too long A faint noise that holds me stuck in my mind A voice I can choose to fight or remind You can be kind As this… Continue reading Voice Is Mine (a poem by anonymous)

Supporting Someone through a Crisis

Posted on: 03 Sep 2021

How do I respond in a crisis? People with mental health problems sometimes experience a crisis, such as feeling suicidal, or experiencing their own or a different reality.  You may feel a sense of crisis too, but it’s important to stay calm yourself. There are some general strategies that you can use to help: ✔️ Listen… Continue reading Supporting Someone through a Crisis

Types of Rest

Posted on: 25 Aug 2021

Sleep and rest are not the same thing, although many of us incorrectly confuse the two. We go through life thinking we’ve rested because we have gotten enough sleep — but in reality we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need. The result is a culture of high-achieving, high-producing, chronically… Continue reading Types of Rest

Heart tapping

Posted on: 25 Aug 2021

Heart Tapping So you’re feeling overwhelmed with emotions right now, one thing I’ve learnt to do is called heart tapping: YOU WILL NEED: ✔️ Somewhere to sit  ✔️ a piece of paper and a pen ✔️ and 5 minutes alone with yourself Firstly sit on a chair, or somewhere comfortable, Take a few deep slow… Continue reading Heart tapping

Hand Breathing

Posted on: 25 Aug 2021

Hand Breathing So you’re feeling a little anxious, one technique you may find useful is called hand breathing…  You take out your hand and with the other you follow the outline of your fingers with one finger breathing in as you go up one side and breath out as you go down the finger… like… Continue reading Hand Breathing

Self Care to You

Posted on: 20 Aug 2021

Self Care to You Self Care is different for everyone… What is self care to you? Ask yourself: ✔️ At what times do you feel most calm? ✔️ When do you feel supported? Loved and cared for? ✔️ What does self-love mean for you? Grab a piece of paper or a notepad and list the… Continue reading Self Care to You

Cyber Bullying

Posted on: 20 Aug 2021

Cyber Bullying Cyberbullying is a type of bullying which can be by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, which intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. Cyberbullying takes place using technology. Whether it is on social media sites, through a mobile phone, or gaming sites, the effects can be devastating… Continue reading Cyber Bullying


Posted on: 20 Aug 2021

What is a zine? A zine, pronounced “zeen” (like the end of the word magazine), is a homemade self-published booklet. Zines are usually created by cutting and gluing text and images onto a sheet of paper, which is then folded and/or stapled. When experiencing anxiety, your brain often stays in the future, catastrophising and worrying… Continue reading Zine

Song Writing for Mental Health

Posted on: 08 Apr 2021

Song Writing for Mental Health Whether we are aware of it or not, music has been shown to have a substantial impact on our physical and mental moods. When music is considered pleasurable, the brain produces more dopamine, a chemical that responds to rewards. Music can also trigger the re-experiencing of a memory, which is… Continue reading Song Writing for Mental Health

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