Loneliness: An Appeal for Understanding

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Loneliness is not an illness. Like dehydration or hunger it is the body's call for something crucial it lacks, though like an illness it can be debilitating to an individual, stripping them of their happiness and self esteem, not to mention potentially dangerous physical symptoms, such as high blood pressure. It is recognised and certifiably dangerous, and loneliness isn't nearly as talked about as it should be.

Advice For Parents Or Carers Supporting A Person With PTSD

Rosie Burnham | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Burnham

When I was first diagnosed, I became extremely withdrawn. I hated being touched, hugged, or shown love because I felt I was unlovable, unworthy, unclean, and frightened. This was even with my own family. My mum continued to support and hug me even when I would push her away. A simple hug makes all the difference, this allowed me to grow to trust and love again.

Five Ways To Balance Caring Responsibilities With Work

Sara McKee | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara McKee

But sometimes you just can't do it all. No matter how hard you try. It can leave you feeling stressed, anxious and over stretched. It's important to find time to care for yourself while caring for others.

Community Parenting

Samantha Wills | Posted 08.08.2016 | UK Parents
Samantha Wills

There seems to be a sort of unwritten code among parents that I was loosely aware of when Mouse was born, but of which I am now monumentally thankful ...

Special Needs Parents - All in the Same Boat

Hayley Goleniowska | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents
Hayley Goleniowska

I clearly recall thinking we'd never travel as a family again as Natty's diagnosis of Down's syndrome was delivered, and that it was bitterly ironic to try to explain our new life path with a travel story. Telling us that our life wasn't heading where we'd planned was crushing at that time... I for one am glad I'm in this boat. And I am grateful for the friendship of my wonderful travelling companions.

Ten Things Not to Say to a New Parent

Bridget McGrath | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents
Bridget McGrath

We've all been there. Utterly sleep deprived and walking around like a zombie fuelled on caffeine and cake. Well I'm not sure it's all of us really - I convinced myself I wasn't the only one to get through those months...

A Message for Those Who Are Struggling

Kate Elliott | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental illnesses are horribly isolating at times, this is a message for all those who are struggling right now. Whether you are someone I know or a stranger far away, this applies to you. Heck, this isn't purely for people who are finding their mental health a challenge right now, but includes all those who are struggling with life or situations being put their way.

Why Sky News Missed the Point With Pulse Shooting

Beth Payton | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Beth Payton

Gobsmacked. Gobsmacked to hear the news that America has suffered their largest mass shooting attack in US History this weekend. Gobsmacked to hear...

What People Say About You and How to Care About It

Becky Walsh | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

When people want to tell us who we are, it's important to consider what they have to say. They may have something to teach us. But their perspective is based on their experience. Ultimately, they must be heard through the filter of the love you have for yourself. Don't take somebody else's word over your own heart. That is resilience. 

My Amazing 'Job' Doula

Lauren Derrett | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lauren Derrett

This morning I visited a new mum and dad. The sun was shining, the french doors opening onto the garden and a brand new beautiful baby girl dosing in ...

Almost 1.5Million Carers in the UK But Over Half Have No Support

Lynda Thomas | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

Our new figures show that not only have the numbers of carers increased by a third in the past five years but friends and family are spending around 17 hours a week looking after loved ones. Some carers are even spending 35 hours a week caring - the same as a full time job - and yet many won't have the pay packet to show for it.

Why Continuity of Care in Birth Matters

Lauren Derrett | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Parents
Lauren Derrett

When pregnant, it's a good idea to really think about who you would be happy to see you at your most vulnerable, who makes you feel safe when you're that scared child looking for comfort, who understands the process of birth.

Why Stop the One Stop Autism Shop?

James Christie | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
James Christie

So it seems the future of Scottish Autism's One Stop Shop in Motherwell hangs in the balance. Three years financial support by the Scottish Government...

Making Big Differences for Women With HIV in Tanzania

Anthony Lunch | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Anthony Lunch

I think this is an impressive story and Hilda an inspirational woman. It is a reminder of why our programme is so powerful: how else could one help a widow and her four dependents to create a sustainable livelihood with such modest investment?

#WeMind Save Our Mental Health Services

Lucy Roberts | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK
Lucy Roberts

Mental health services in the Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trust are soon set to take another knock as the funding for the MIND support line in the area is coming to an end. On the 31st March 2016, the region is set to lose a vital resource for mental health services.

Getting the Disabled Into Work Is the Key to Achieving Full Employment

Teresa Scott | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Teresa Scott

The Conservative Party manifesto at the last election set out the "bold aim" of full employment. In what looks to be promising news for the Government...

World Cancer Day

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

On a good day, it doesn't matter to read or hear about cancer. On a good day, we may feel outspoken, passionate, alive, with a positive sense of presence and future, and then it is great to be part of a wider cause.

The Dover Protests Only Scrape the Surface of the Lack of Empathy Towards Refugees

Ben Johns | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.

Why I Love My Job Speaking to People Affected by Cancer

Jess Evans | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Evans

"I could never do that", is the most common response when I say I work for Macmillan Cancer Support and speak to people affected by cancer every day. Why would you like to work with such sad (some might say depressing) subject matter?

The Importance of Learning to Fail

Kathryn Berens | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Parents
Kathryn Berens

Allowing failure, embracing it even, and building up self-esteem are not mutually exclusive. It is perfectly possible to do both and I would argue if we don't allow our children to fail on occasion and learn from that, then the self-esteem we spend years nurturing is very precarious indeed and at great risk of disintegrating in the adult world.

Twitter Saved My Life - Why Social Media Isn't All Bad

Dr Pooky Knightsmith | Posted 10.01.2016 | UK Tech
Dr Pooky Knightsmith

Despite being inundated with offers of support, I find myself repeatedly unable to pick up the phone or send a text when I most need help. It feels like too much of an intrusion on people's lives. I feel they have better or more important things to do, no matter how many times they tell me otherwise. But the one place I can always ask for help is Twitter.

'Is There Anything I Can Do?' - Starting Conversations About Self-Harm

Rachel Piper | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Piper

One in 12 young people in the UK self-harm yet all too often their friends and family are unsure about what to do or how to help. I spoke to a student who has experienced self-harm, about what helped her most and how the stigma around self-harm can be broken down.

Five Tips on Supporting Your Child With Their Mental Health

Katie Buckingham | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Buckingham

One young person in every ten will experience mental health difficulties in any given year; it is therefore essential that parents are open about the subject and are comfortable in talking about it.

Preventable or Inevitable? Stopping Child Sexual Abuse Before It Starts

Donald Findlater | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Donald Findlater

If we care about children's safety, it is time we focused scarce resources on preventing abuse - by better protecting children and by helping those with the potential to offend to lead good lives. Such an approach is better for children, better for families and better for those with the potential to do children harm. It is also better for the public purse. Child sexual abuse is preventable. It is not inevitable.

Celebrating the Power of Mentoring on Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

Confidence is crucial for entrepreneurial success, and having a mentor who can offer encouragement along the way can make a huge difference. But mentoring also helps women develop hard skills that are vital to business growth. Knowing how to write a robust business plan, balance a budget or implement a marketing strategy are competencies that are often out of reach for women living in developing communities... Ultimately, the real success stories are the women entrepreneurs themselves. Onty says that working with Cherie enabled her business to break even for the first time. Business growth aside, she's also determined to use her success to help other young women in her community - proof that empowering women generates lasting impacts.