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World Mental Health Day 2020

Saturday 10 October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. This year has been particularly difficult for all of us; the pandemic and months of lockdown restrictions have had a massive impact on our daily lives as well as our mental health. The Mental Health Foundation has been conducting research throughout the pandemic on how people […]


Men’s Mental Health

While many of the same difficulties are experienced by both men and women, there is a difference in the way they address them. Here we look at the importance of men’s mental health and how to support someone who may need it… Women tend to be more open in discussing their feelings, whereas men have […]


Keeping your mind and body fit

We often think of mental and physical health as two separate things, but the truth is, they are very closely linked. When we feel good physically, we tend to feel more positive and better about life – it is important to keep your mind and body fit. Things that can be good for our physical […]


Sleep and anxiety

There are plenty of benefits to a good night’s sleep. However, we sometimes find ourselves tossing and turning with feelings of dread and unease. If you find yourself in this position, there are some simple things you can do to help manage your sleep and anxiety. Why can’t I sleep? Many people suffer from sleep […]


Overcoming back to work anxiety

If you have been working from home since lockdown began, it is likely that you have not set foot into your office. As lockdown continues to ease and we are settling into a ‘new normal’, you may be feeling anxious about having to return to work. Thoughts around whether it is safe to commute or […]


Tips for mental wellbeing during the ‘new normal’

With lockdown easing, it may feel like we are taking significant steps back to normal life (or ‘new normal’). However, as official advice continually changes, many of us may feel like we are riding an ‘emotional rollercoaster’. You might be feeling reluctant or anxious to take the first trip on public transport, or going to […]


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 […]


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 […]


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