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Make Mental Health a Core Part of School Curriculum!

Matt Clifton | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Matt Clifton

Schools, you either love them or hate them, a little bit like Marmite I guess. Some say school years are the best years of your life, some even say school reminds them of their youth. But what do you think of when you reminisce about your youth? Do you see school as a good thing or do you feel let down by your school?

Ready to Lose Your Licence and Your Freedom? Why You Might Be a Drunk Driver and Not Know It

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Debbie Bannigan

If you drink alcohol, and sometimes have several drinks late into the evening, then drive your car in the morning, you are risking a drink-drive limit shock. Alcohol impairs driving, so the consequences for you, your loved ones, or complete strangers could be serious, or even fatal. It may not be just your licence that you lose.

A Problem Shared Is a Problem Halved

Gwennan Thomas | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gwennan Thomas

Sometimes I look back at my life 12 years ago; before alopecia. If I am honest with myself I do at times miss having hair, especially my eyelashes and eyebrows; which are what shape our facial features.

The Importance of Parent Carer Support - the North Lancashire Directions Group Parent Carer Information Day

Jo Worgan | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

As a mum of a child with autism I know just how important it is to gain support from those around you who understand, namely other parent carers.

Lessons in Becoming a Young Entrepreneur: Learning How to Support Young Talent

Kimberly Dickson | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kimberly Dickson

As a young female entrepreneur, meeting other like-minded individuals has become the weekly norm. I have been lucky enough to talk to some of the most inspiring young people in the UK, and understand the challenges and obstacles young people face when starting up a business...

Why It's Vital to Inspire Girls to Get Involved in STEM subjects

Jacquelyn Guderley | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Tech
Jacquelyn Guderley

Our core principles are unchanged; to maintain authenticity in all we do, and to give girls access to the skills, opportunities, inspiring women and role models needed to make them believe that girls can do Science, Technology, Maths & Engineering too, then act on that belief.

Stigma: Should It Still Surround Mental Health?

Lucy Roberts | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Should mental health stigma still have an impact of those suffering? Statistics show that almost everyone dealing with mental health has been, and still is, impacted negatively by the stigma surrounding it. Is it right that already vulnerable and isolated members of society should be made to feel more alone?

Alzheimers Is Not the Only Dementia

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

Alzheimer's is not the only dementia. Alcohol dementia, is also known as alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD) and alcohol-related brain injury (ARBI), and is linked with Wernicke's encephalopathy and Korsakoff's syndrome. With all these complex names, it's perhaps not surprising that the direct link between alcohol consumption and dementia isn't clear.

Male Isolation: Why We Need Good, Bad and Ugly Friendships

Nick Clements | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

No man is an island. All of us need to ensure that we have a good diversity of friendships in our lives, it is essential to our mental health. In order to promote this we need to change the negative, hardening messages our boys receive from an early age. 'Be strong, boys don't cry, tough it out, don't show pain, be brave my little soldier, man up, you wuss!'

Five Ways to Tell Your Friends Are Keepers

Emma Brooke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Brooke

Here's what surprised me about my friends - they knew me a lot better than I gave them credit for. So here's a list of the five things that showed me how amazing my friends are...

Where Your Money Goes...

David Ramsden | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Ramsden

Shay's story is just one of many helped by your support, and we're constantly working to help more children and young people across the UK. We are currently providing grants to over 2,700 projects and your donations go towards supporting children and young people facing a wide range of disadvantages...

Building Our Tribe

Amy Anka | Posted 08.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

Whether it be your therapist, hairdresser, sister, or best friend, make sure you build that tribe, and surround yourself with people who encourage, inspire, and remind you of how truly fabulous you are.

The Stereotype of Stigma: A New Take

Esther Rich | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

Someone living with cancer is not defined by their tumour. Someone living with diabetes is not defined by their sugar levels. So why should someone living with a mental health problem be defined by how they are feeling?

Do Women Leaders Truly Support Each Other?

Neela Bettridge | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neela Bettridge

Should women be doing more to support each other? Why should they? These are questions that have been batted back and forth for years. And while the focus has, rightly, shifted away from blaming women for a lack of progress to senior positions, there is still a sense that some women could be doing more to build each other up individually.

Mentoring, More Than Just Instruction

Rekha Mehr | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rekha Mehr

Mentoring is one of the most impactful support tools for businesses in their infancy as well as during their growth stages, yet it remains a much overlooked resource. So what is mentoring?

Bolting for the Door

Elaine Benton | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

Sadly many spouses or partners faced suddenly with the realisation that their loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, bolt for the door. Unfortunately statistics show that women are more likely to stick around due to our maternal nurturing instincts. Sorry guys, no disrespect meant to the male population, this is simply fact.

Women Don't Lock Themselves Away and Men Don't Have Affairs in an Attempt to Deal With Alopecia

Gwennan Thomas | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gwennan Thomas

An interview with Nadine Dorries aired on Day Break on Monday 3rd June, sent a shiver down my spine. Initially I thought great, here we have a public figure who is willing to share her story about alopecia. But alas no. The interview was far from positive on any level and did not promote the condition to be something that one can face in order to live a normal life.

To Visit or Not to Visit, That is the Question!

Elaine Benton | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

When someone has an appendicitis or breaks their leg, family and friends immediately rally around, visiting them in hospital, laden with chocolates, flowers and cards wishing the person a speedy recovery. When one is suffering from mental health problems, receiving visitors or gifts is a very different story.

Syria's Urgent Need for Humanitarian Support

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There needs to be more awareness of the plight of Syrian civilians in order to highlight this issue and further get the aid they so desperately need. The hospitals in Syria are struggling to accommodate the growing number of patients that need medical assistance and care.

Eek! A Big Yellow Orb Arrives in Time for the London Marathon - And My Reasons to Bloomin' Love It

Alfie Evers | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Alfie Evers

So, word on the street is that spring might actually be here. Just in time for the London Marathon, which, is a huge relief. The Marathon in wintertime would be just plain weird. Like blowing birthday candles out whilst standing on your head. It doesn't make sense.

Patrons of the Soul's Song

Ana Tzarev | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

When we look upon beautiful works made by the hands of men, we may be swept off in their purity, the directness of vision that turned ideas into masterpieces. In doing so, we are quick to forget that no man - even the brightest, most inspired among us - creates entirely in isolation.

Just Get Over Here

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

If we can all do that, just make recovery about us and no one else. Just until the horrible work-in-progress part is over and we are whole again. Then we will all get each other well. I know we will.

Inspiration

Elaine Benton | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

The growing number of young people being diagnosed every day with Young Onset Parkinson's is astonishing. I was diagnosed at age 44 and at the time I thought this was very young, but since then I've been in contact with many fellow sufferers, some of whom were diagnosed in their twenties! Suddenly 44 doesn't sound so young!

Top Ten Tips for Recovering From a Mental Illness

Jules Evans | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jules Evans

Here are my top 10 tips for recovering from mental illness. Tell me any really good tips I've missed out in the comments. They're not commandments, just what worked for me - feel free to disagree.

Collaboration is Key in Reaching Troubled Families Targets

Helen Dent | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Dent

The troubled families programme is a major government initiative and one of its most prominent aims is to tackle problems with truancy and exclusion children of troubled families often have.