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Author: Michelle Jackson


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

When the days get shorter, darker and colder, you may feel a dip in your mood. It’s common to feel affected by changes in the weather and seasons – we all have certain times of year that we enjoy more or less than others, for a variety of reasons. You might find your mood changes […]


Housing and mental health

Housing and mental health problems are often linked. Poor mental health can make coping with housing problems more challenging. Homelessness or housing issues can cause a deterioration in your mental health. What impacts can housing have on mental health? Your relationship: Struggling with your rent payments or living conditions can cause arguments and place a […]


Overcoming obstacles with a long-term condition: Luca’s story

Coming to terms with a long-term condition can be challenging, particularly with managing symptoms and making changes to your day-to-day life. It can have a detrimental effect on your mental health, causing anxiety and depression. Luca who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) talks to us on how the service helped him re-focus his life […]


Find out more about… Well Read Play Reading

Play reading is a great opportunity to escape, get creative, explore characters and meet new people. Paul O’Mahony from The Playground Theatre explains how Well Read Play Reading works and shares feedback from attendees of the online sessions. The Playground Theatre runs the Well Read programme. The premise is simple – we meet together to […]


Managing stress and anxiety during Covid-19

During this uncertain time, you may find yourself worrying about a range of issues coming up and feeling increasingly overwhelmed or anxious. Not being able to engage in your usual routine can affect your mental health and you may notice difficulties in motivating yourself or a drop in your mood. You could also be worried […]


Coping with bereavement during a pandemic

Losing a loved can be emotionally devastating – whether that be a partner, family member, friend or pet – and may be particularly challenging at the moment because of changes taking place to try and stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). We have compiled some information on bereavement, things that can help and resources to […]


Applying for extra support during the Coronavirus pandemic

2020 has brought on a lot of uncertainty to everyone across the world. Financially things have changed for a lot of people, with lockdown, furlough and shielding being introduced along with redundancies being made. These are all temporary and there is support available. Our Navigators have put together some information to help you navigate through […]


Living well during Covid-19 with a long-term health condition

Having a long-term health condition (such as diabetes, respiratory or cardiac conditions) during the pandemic can bring extra challenges to our ability to manage our health and wellbeing. During this time of uncertainty, our daily lives have changed a lot. If you have a long-term health condition, it is important to continue your routine to […]


Employment during the pandemic

During these uncertain times, your job may be affected as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve compiled some information on what furlough is and how it may affect you, tips on how you can find temporary work and where you can find more information and support. What is furlough? The term furlough essentially means […]


Coping with loneliness during lockdown

Social distancing and self-isolation are important to curb the spread of Covid-19. But limited human contact during lockdown can have a significant impact on our mental wellbeing, particularly with feelings of loneliness. Some of us rely on the small day-to-day interactions that give us a sense of connection, such as, buying a coffee, going to […]


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