What next?

The 10th of October each year is designated as World Mental Health Day. There is a designated day for almost anything-sisters, siblings, twins, mothers, fathers, grandparents, cousins, friendship, left-handers, albums, chocolate, happiness and cheeseburgers. Some of...

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Mindfulness – what is on your mind?

Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing one’s attention on the present moment. It has ancient origins and is derived from sati, a fundamental part of Buddhist traditions, and is based on Zen, Vipassanā, and Tibetan meditation techniques. Professor Mark...

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Who gives first aid to the first aider?

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a recognised education and training programme that started in Australia in 2001 and its practice has spread to countries including the United Kingdom and Canada. According to MHFA England, its core aim is “achieved by delivering...

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Mental health and finances

One of the possible symptoms of a mental health condition, e.g. bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, especially during periods of hypomania or mania, is overspending. Hypomania and mania are periods of over-active and excitable behaviour that have a...

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Balance

In this fast paced world that we live in, where it seems as though we are being pulled in every direction, how do you find your balance? We hear the term ‘work-life balance’ which refers to a healthy lifestyle balance between the time and effort spent working, and the...

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Music and Stress

Research suggests that music has a profound impact on the human brain and affects mood. One of the recommendations on treating mild depression is to listen to a person’s favourite music. Music is proven to affect a person’s emotional wellbeing. A neuroscientist...

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Preparing for the new year

For those who experience colder climates, the days are shorter and darker. The temperatures have dropped and we tend to spend more time indoors. This can upset our general exercise routine and overall health and well-being. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is linked...

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The importance of health, nutrition and exercise

According to the World Health Organisation, health is defined as “the state of being well both physically and mentally”. Health relates to a person's entire physical, social, psychological and mental being even in the face of disease or illness. Well-being is the...

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Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

With the centuries of traumatic events throughout history such as wars and acts of God, i.e. earthquakes, famine, hurricanes, typhoons, and recent depictions of PTSD sufferers in the mainstream media, e.g. the BBC series of ‘The Bodyguard’, I felt it was time to...

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition, an anxiety disorder, where a person experiences extreme anxiety and has recurrent unwanted thoughts, images or urges and repetitive behaviours.  These unwanted, intrusive thoughts are classed as...

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