Emotional Health

What Is Emotional Health And How Does It Relate To Mental Illness?

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Haisman-Smith

We all know that we can promote good physical health through factors like exercise, diet and sleep, helping to prevent illness and support wellness and recovery after diagnosis or treatment.

We Need Action On Mental Health, Not More Sound Bites

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

The civil rights campaigner and poet Maya Angelou once said her mission was to thrive, not just survive. Like Angelou, we all want full and rewarding lives. Yet too many of us are struggling on a daily basis just to keep ourselves together emotionally.

Much More Action Is Needed To Solve The Children's Mental Health Crisis

Javed Khan | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

With children's mental health problems on the rise, it's clear that young people who are suffering need our support more than ever. Health professio...

Why Emotions Coaching Should Be On The School Syllabus

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

At a certain stage in their lives, our young-adult children leave an institution of higher education (be in high school, college or university) with a piece of paper that declares them literate and numerate, and thus ready for the world of work.

Sex Ed Isn't Scary If Schools Put Relationships First

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

The Department for Education's recent announcement that Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) will be mandatory in schools, starting at age 4, is one that may scare some teachers. Sex is often seen as a taboo subject, even in general society, and for a teacher speaking to a classroom full of children delivering SRE could be an embarrassing prospect.

Parenting With Heart And Backbone To Improve Social Mobility

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 29.03.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

By supporting programmes to improve children's social and emotional health in parallel at school and in the home, the Government can help parents and educators to improve life outcomes for children, protect against mental health issues, raise academic attainment, and give children the skills to live emotionally healthy lives.

The Elephant In The (Staff) Room - Why We Need To Talk About Teacher Wellbeing

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Nick Haisman-Smith

It is impossible to support the social and emotional health of young people, if we as teachers do not attend to our own emotional health.

Five Children's Books To Support Emotional Health On World Book Day

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Nick Haisman-Smith

The connection that children had with the characters in books extended well beyond just dressing up. Children have such strong emotional connections to literature, and we know that through story they learn a great deal about their own emotional world.

A Fit Mind

Kamontip Evans | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Pick up a women's or men's magazine and the dominant features will be appearance, nutrition, fitness, work, sex and romance. We want to be strong, fit, healthy and attractive and enjoy our work and love life. We want them and expect them to go right, but we can be in for disappointments when they don't go according to plan. We need a Plan B: a fit mind to back us up.

Self-Love On Valentine's Day

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

If all we do is drain our flames with the concerns of everyone else, then all that is left are some ashy embers and jagged coals. Anger and resentment enjoy these conditions, and we can't love others with such feelings. We just want to run, escape, blame and punish, often passive-aggressively, because we begrudge everything.

What Makes People Happy? Education Policymakers Must Prioritise Emotional Health

Nick Haisman-Smith | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Nick Haisman-Smith

What is it that makes you happy? For many people, life satisfaction will be influenced by many different factors, including their family and education. For those working in the education world, the aim of achieving happiness for pupils once they leave school and become adults may be a motivating factor, but rarely something they can focus on day-to-day...

Grieving The Loss Of Self

Rachel Lamb | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Lamb

How do you grieve for something that's not a physical being? You haven't lost a relative or friend, or your dog that you've had in the family since you were small. You don't get the usual 'I'm sorry for your loss', because have you actually lost anything? For anyone who's been through or going through this then of course the answer is yes.

Break Up Protocol: The Basics Of Breaking Up Well

Carrie Lloyd | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Lloyd

'Carrie. You've gone through some break-ups...' My boss is running the panel this afternoon, and decides to share such a thought in front of 700 peop...

How To Increase Your Self-Awareness

Sian Morgan-Crossley | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Morgan-Crossley

Whether you want to improve a certain area of your life or you just want to improve the overall quality and depth of your experiences, self-awareness ...

Why Play Therapy Isn't Always Fun

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Seyderhelm

When a child enters the Play Therapy room for the first time, they can choose to play with any of the toys: puppets, sand tray, musical instruments, dressing up clothes, paints, crayons, clay. In non-directive play, the therapist respects the child's choice, and plays along with them, to build up rapport, trust, and attachment.

The Price Of A Happy Child

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Jacqueline Koay

She is our much-loved youngest child and her passion is football. So we took the momentous decision to move countries for her. Her father gave up his well-paid job, and we moved into a simple, sunny house near the beach in Phuket.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Kamontip Evans | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

The new academic year will soon be upon us. Some parents will see their child head off for university. You may look at this as freedom-at-last: your child will be leaving home, allowing you to do what you have longed to do all these years. Some of you will fear the empty nest syndrome. And for others, possibly most, a mixture of both.

We Could Be Heroes?

Pam Jarvis | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Pam Jarvis

It is becoming increasingly necessary for technologically advanced societies to become more consciously aware of the ways in which they introduce their children to the essential, complex human mediation of narrative, and how this might be more effectively managed to nurture healthy psychological and social development.

The Critic Within

Kamontip Evans | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

From the moment we wake up until the moment we go to bed, there are so many things we can get annoyed with: traffic noise, your partner leaving a news...

Creating a Culture of Caring: Primary Schools Have a Key Role to Play in Supporting our Children's Emotional Health

Lauren Carter-Davies | Posted 04.03.2017 | UK
Lauren Carter-Davies

Whilst discrete programmes to prevent emotional difficulties or support social and emotional learning may be successful in some schools, no single programme is going to be the magic wand for all children in all schools. Rather what is needed now is a new coordinated approach which combines different areas of activities and integrates all policies, staff and external professionals.

Training NHS Staff in Suicide Prevention Will Help Save Lives

Ruth Sutherland | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK
Ruth Sutherland

Suicide is everybody's business. That's why Samaritans is calling for more training for frontline NHS staff to help them to spot vulnerable people before they reach a crisis that might lead to them taking their own lives.

How Joining 'Team Earth' Can Help End the Politics of Gender Difference

Natasha Stromberg | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Stromberg

How often have you heard the phrase 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus', to casually explain differences between men and women based on our gender? Pretty often I bet, as these words stormed into the English language back in 1992 when Dr. John Gray published his phenomenally successful book.

Those Visitors!

Kamontip Evans | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

Be mindful of those who come knocking on the doors of your senses: eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind. When you see something that you like, for instance, or something you dislike, you have already let a 'feeling visitor' through the door.

Male Suicide Is a Tragedy - But Don't Patronise Me About It

Dale Lately | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK
Dale Lately

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.

The Pond and the Mind: A Parallel Universe

Kamontip Evans | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kamontip Evans

When you watch the mind, you will find there is a beginning, middle and an end to each troublesome thought or emotion. Sometimes before you even get to the end of it, the mind will jump onto something else.