#Support

52 Non-Food Related Ways To Celebrate Christmas When You Struggle With An Eating Disorder

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If there is one group of creatures on earth who find Christmas dinner more stressful than all the turkeys out there do, it is people with eating disorders. Actually scrap that, when it comes to having an eating disorder it isn't simply Christmas dinner that is stressful, it is the entire build up over the festive season when suddenly it feels as if EVERYTHING is about food.

How Prepared Can You Be For An Oxbridge Interview?

Alex Dyer | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

In the upcoming weeks, the ancient, picture postcard cities of Oxford and Cambridge will become filled with the next generation of Oxbridge applicants...

The Importance Of 1:1 Support

Farida Ahmed | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Farida Ahmed

I've been through the standardised education system in the United Kingdom and I have to say, I was not and still am not, impressed.

How Other Parents Helped Me Realise A Learning Disability Is Nothing To Fear - In Fact, It's Brought Joy I Could Never Have Imagined

Tom Bachofner | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK Parents
Tom Bachofner

When we were first given the diagnosis, I remember going through lots of outdated, clinical information we'd found online, but what I desperately wanted to know was how the day-to-day looked, raising a child with a learning disability.

Hairdressers And Shop Workers Will Be Trained To Help Domestic Abuse Victims

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Domestic abuse affects one in four women and one in six men in their lifetime. But it’s often difficult for these people to access the help they so ...

Time To Open Up

Craig Green | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Craig Green

bmm banner.jpg "You have everything to live for." A phrase I've heard far too many times in the last 14 years, in fact one of many lines that people use to tell me that it is all OK. A lot of the time I don't want to hear them as it doesn't help me and sometimes I just want a hug or to be listened to.

Bonding, Baby And Belligerance

Pete Wallroth | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Parents
Pete Wallroth

bmm banner.jpg I felt like a crap dad because Martha was missing out on playtime with me, drawing, building daft things out of bricks etc. I tried to fit it in around his naps but even then my attention turned to Mair, going up and checking in on her.

The UK Launch Of The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Highlights Why We Must Work Together To Support Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Good quality education about breastfeeding - both for mothers and all staff who support them - is also a critical step. Our high use of formula milk in the 70s, 80s and 90s meant that we have lost a generation of breastfeeding knowledge.

Tackling Misconceptions About Self-Harm And The Journey To Recovery

Grace Jeremy | Posted 14.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Grace Jeremy

Obviously everyone's experience is different, but self-harm is very rarely an attention-seeking behaviour. Self-harm should always be taken seriously, regardless of what you interpret the reasons behind it to be.

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...