#Support

#SupportAdoption: What That's Meant For This Family

Helen Redfern | Posted 16.10.2017 | UK Parents
Helen Redfern

As an adoptive parent, you have to be thick-skinned and strong for your kids: a veritable love warrior. You have to fight to keep their self-esteem and sense of identity intact. You have to support adoption, be an advocate for adoption. You have to tell your kids a different story to the story the world is telling them - in a louder, more confident voice that drowns out all the negative voices.

What To Say And Do When Someone You Know Experiences Baby Loss

Caz Taylor | Posted 13.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caz Taylor

We have three children's birthdays in my house: three that we remember and mark every year. But only two of them come with the reams of presents, the frenetic energy, the birthday tea and dressing up games. That's because the third birthday is for our much-longed for and loved middle child who tragically became an angel baby.

Bringing Local Communities Together To Raise Awareness Of Arthritis

Shantel Irwin | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shantel Irwin

Arthritis is a condition that causes stiffness and swelling in the joints. One in six of us have arthritis and one in five will consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem each year. It is the leading cause of pain and disability in the UK.

How Do You Support Survivors Of Abuse?

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Rape Crisis model of working with survivors of sexual violence and abuse. In 2008 Dr Helen Jones and I pu...

Is Your Child Violent Towards You? This Dad Wants You to Know You're Not Alone

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents

A dad has shared his experience of being physically hurt by his son, to let other parents know that being subjected to violence from their children is...

Five Reasons You Need Mum Friends

Emily Tredget | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Parents
Emily Tredget

Not stuck at work an hours commute away. They can pop round at a moment's notice (well maybe not quite a moment - it's not easy getting a baby out at lightning speed!) So when your baby has pooed through ALL your nappies in one morning, they can drop some spares rounds.

Feeling Lonely? How To Fill The Empty Nest

Sue Hooper | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sue Hooper

Whilst I never quite reached that level of maudlin, the very real sadness affecting parents whose children have recently left home is something I can relate to. After my daughter left our family home for university the loneliness I felt in the aftermath was almost palpable.

Ability Over Disability - It's Time To Think Outside The Box

Jonathan Allan | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Allan

Problem solving, innovative thinking, good timekeeping and teamwork - these are qualities commonly found in a typical job description. Most of us are able to demonstrate such attributes through examples of past work experience but for many people with a disability, these are all skills that they apply seamlessly to their day to day life.

Good Health Starts At Home

Mark Henderson | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK
Mark Henderson

Supported accommodation means something different to everyone, often because the support is designed around the needs of the individual. For a start, you can forget the old-fashioned image of a home where people eat at the same time every day, rarely leave the grounds and have little or no need to do their own shopping.

Five Things You Need To Understand About Someone Living With Depression

Beth Campagna | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Campagna

"I would rather have cancer." This was something my dad once said to me when he was struggling with his mental health. It was met with horror from me.  How can you say you would rather have cancer? What an awful thing to come out with. But when someone chooses to end their life rather than continue to suffer with their illness you know that the place they were in really was that bad.

Living Far Away From Family When You Start A Family Of Your Own

Kylie Abreu | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

At that moment. I needed my mum. I needed someone that understood me and that I knew wouldn't judge me. Someone that would sweep in and help no questions asked and reassure me that I was not the worst mother on the planet. I needed my own family.

Becoming A Breastfeeding Peer Supporter

Jaymee Heaton | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Parents
Jaymee Heaton

Breastfeeding Jack and Oliver went really smoothly they both latched well and everything went fine. With Arthur I developed mastitis, had issues with his latch and wanted to just throw in the towel at six weeks. I

Just Because I'm A Woman Doesn't Mean I Should Take On The Support Role

Sarah Newton | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Newton

This was the early 90's and I was a different person then; younger, more naive perhaps and certainly less well-travelled through life, but I knew then what I still believe to be true now. Just because I'm a women doesn't mean I should take on the support role everywhere I go.

Bank Holiday Hell

Rebekah Smith | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Parents
Rebekah Smith

Of course you have friends who can help in these situations - but what part of 'surviving' and 'doing it alone' is that? Even with all the friends, family and colleagues in the world, bedtime equals social lock-down and a bit more time to think about everything.

When Your Friend Has A Baby

Lorna Farrell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Lorna Farrell

When you have a baby your whole life changes, it's overwhelming and exhausting and amazing all at once. Some people want to retreat and process that privately but a lot of people want to know that they aren't on their own, that their friends and wider family still care for them and are there for them to celebrate and support them. Mamas want to feel loved, and to feel that their baby is loved.

Prince Harry Is My Hero

Leigh Van Der Horst | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Van Der Horst

There is no shame in honesty. Look for the people in your life who can handle your honesty. Open yourself up to people who you can trust with your emotions and feelings. Let the wall down, even just a little. Once you are honest with yourself and others, you can really begin to heal and open your heart to a much happier life.

10 Things You Should Know if Your Other Half Has Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anna Gaunt | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Anna Gaunt

There seems to be few people in this world who can deal with having a partner with a chronic illness. Thank you for making us feel like less of a burden. Thank you for making us feel like the amazing people that we actually are! Thank you for loving us. We will love you endlessly in return.

Supporting Your Partner Through Depression

Samantha Glass | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Life with depression is not easy and recovery can be a long, hard road. Never judge your partner and how they cope with their depression. If you have not been there, you cannot comprehend the intensity of the experience. All you can do is be there. Things will get better.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

What Happens When You Support Someone in Difficult Times

Tina McGuff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.

Five Ways To Be A Better Workplace Ally To Your Colleague With Down's Syndrome

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Hayley Goleniowska

In the past decade, societal and workplace attitudes towards individuals with Down's syndrome have made positive strides forwards, but there's still room for improvement. For employers and their workforce, being equipped with the knowledge and understanding of how to better support a colleague with the condition is at the heart of the matter.

My P.I.P. Diary - The Saga Begins

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

As I was helped out of the bath, I admitted to my wife how I was feeling and she hugged me. She told me I was not a burden, yet I can't under estimate how much beginning the PIP application process has impacted on my confidence and mental health

Five Things To Know About Eating Disorders

Samantha Glass | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening conditions which affect everyday life, including both mental and physical health. With the way celebrities, models and other people of interest are portrayed in the media, it is not surprising that the number of young people experiencing an eating disorder is increasing. So, let's start with some education.

Tips On Helping A Child In Grief

Bec Cousins | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Parents
Bec Cousins

Tips that I have picked up both from training I have been on, and from directly working with children. My own children included. I hope that you find them useful, and if you feel they will help others, that you can pass them on.

Supporting Your Partner Through Anxiety

Samantha Glass | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
 Samantha Glass

Being with somebody with anxiety is not a burden in any way. Neither of you are victims and if you chose to be with a person experiencing an anxiety disorder, life won't be too much different. However it may require a little more patience, care and a better understanding of one another - Which will only bring you closer together.