#Support

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.

We Need To Talk About Suicide

Dr Onkar Sahota | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Onkar Sahota

We need to back our call for action with solid data and a focus on partnership working between the various strands of the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector. Only then can we hope to reduce the number of suicides in London.

The New Age Mother

Diana Nortey | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Diana Nortey

We have the communities that we can physically go to and sit down with other mothers, or there are online communities that with a couple of taps of a button you can post your question or concern and within minutes you get so many replies and useful advice.

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

My Struggle With Postpartum Health Anxiety

Kylie Abreu | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

So when the senior doctor came in and explained that the cyst was benign and was most likely caused by Endometriosis, he shone a light and made me see that I had a problem. My brief outburst had brought up feelings that I didn't realise I still had.

Why University Students Need Support Now More Than Ever

Lauren Davies | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lauren Davies

With almost 600,000 people applying to university last year; a slight increase on the previous year, it would be difficult to argue that the demand for higher education is going to subside anytime soon.

My Online Friends Make Me A Better Mum

Maddy Matthews | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

Scoff and smirk away. When I tell you I have online friends, I'm talking about my sisterhood, my village, my inspirations. I'm talking about two groups of women I don't know what I'd do without, because in every sense of the word, they're real friends.

A Letter To My Twelve-Year-Old Self

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

If you look at the photographs taken on my very first flip-phone, amongst the chunks of too-big pixels you'll see that, together with my too-short fringe, I embraced all the great 00's beauty trends.

Empowerment Needs To Be Your 2017 Resolution

Nell Grecian | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nell Grecian

It is empowering to empower another person. Aside from (maybe) an orgasm, there is no feeling more satisfying. When women support each other, incredible things happen. And, as women, we are fighting a pretty tough battle; against history, against sexism, against racism, against homophobia, against the patriarchy and against ourselves. We NEED the support!

Why Baby Steps Are More Important Than New Year's Resolutions In Mental Health Recovery

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you want to set yourself a resolution for 2017, make a resolution that you can do over time, that allows for mistakes and gradual progress rather than instantaneous results.

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...