Mental Health loneliness week 2022

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 What is loneliness ? National Mind say that "we all feel lonely from time to time. Feelings of loneliness are personal, so everyone's experience of loneliness will be different". Feeling lonely isn't in itself a mental health problem, but the two are strongly linked. Having a mental health problem can increase your chance of feeling lonely. T...
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What is Acute Stress Disorder ?

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Acute stress reaction signs are similar to Acute Stress Disorder, these signs develop quickly over minutes or hours because you are responding to that stressful event but these signs settle fairly quickly.  No treatment may be needed, as signs usually go once the stressful event is over and you deal with it.  Understan...
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Eating Disorder Awareness Week

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 Eating disorders affect 1 in 50 people in the UK. The most common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and bulimia nervosa. In the UK, more than 725,000 men and women are affected by eating disorders. Recovery is possible, but we rely on our GPs to spot early warning signs that may have nothing to do with a person'...
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Feeling judged pressure - pt 7

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What are you worth ? How much are you really valued by others ? "good enough" mum or dad ? "loved enough" by your partner ? "liked enough" by your friends ? What about your line manager ? The most important, for many, is how much we are paid to do the job. The higher the salary, the more we feel valued. Is it just about the money ? What if your lin...
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the pressure of feeling responsible pt 6

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Why do we feel responsible ? To explore why, let me ask you: How responsible do you feel for your cat ?  Domestic cats are, by their nature, more independent than domestic dogs. You do not need to walk your cat everyday.  So your responsibility is less, a twice a day feed and the occasional stroke ?  However, if you are planning...
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the pressure of importance pt 5

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Physics is the science of matter, Everything is made of matter, including us.  All matter has the capacity to move. Motion involves energy: an invisible force. In physics, pressure can be thought of as the concentration of a force on an area (pressure = force ÷ area).  For example, if you use energy to press (apply pressure) to a drawing ...
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Experiencing pressure in major life events pt 4

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The phases of life that we usually find most difficult are life events where fundamental change happens: They are life transitions. For example : emerging into adulthood from university, settling down and having children, entering the menopause in middle age, retiring and facing old age with its accompanying health issues. Another transition is ent...
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When pressure hits us "out of the blue" pt 3

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Life is full of challenges and surprises.  As John Lennon sang in Beautiful Boy: "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."  Life can surprise you when you least expect it.  Pressure can happen when life presents a challenge to you.  When something feels too big, too out of control or hard, challenge pre...
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Pressure we feel everyday pt 2

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Pressure inside us propels us to perform things that we need to do each day.  Everyday tasks at home and at work usually involve minimal pressure, just enough force to nudge you along a well-trodden path.  These lightweight "habit pressures" are familiar and routine, little or no conscious effort is needed.  Habit pressure occur for ...
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What is pressure pt 1

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 Without pressure in our lives, we are not human.  Differences between us will cease to exist, we would become "robot like".  Pressure is an important ingredient that makes our life more meaningful.  Pressure is everywhere: it flows across our relationships; It is the pressure at work that that ultimately makes your company...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

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                                           Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash SAD is about three times more common in women than it is in men, but men report more severe symptoms. SAD is most common in women during the years when they can ha...
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International Men's Day and Mental Health

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Men experience stress challenges at all stages of their education private and work life. This includes re-training, redundancy and unemployment. Men's physical health (including male cancers), result  in shorter male life expectancy and high workplace male deaths. In 2018 with 4,903 men took their own lives (13 per day) in ...
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Menopause - Private Members’ Bill

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Carolyn Harris lMP launched a House of Commons Bill, which recently reached the "second reading" stage. If passed will provide an important opportunity for women and families. It aims to improve the support and services given to those experiencing Menopause in the UK, including – crucially – the exemption of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from N...
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Black History Month.

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Before we start, a word of warning. Reading some of the material you may feel  uncomfortable. I did ask a local BAME network to review these materials. In recent years. black British history month has publicised key black figures from the UK, such as: Walter Tull, the first black officer to command white troops in the British Army and one of E...
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Inclusion Week 2021

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In inclusive workplaces all employees are valued and contribute towards the success of their organisation. In 2021, Inclusive Employers have chosen the theme #UnitedForInclusion.  They are using this year's Inclusion Week to create a platform for sharing best practice, for learning, for the sharing of challenges and solutions.  By pa...
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Smartphone : addiction or friend

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"The smartphone is perhaps the first object to challenge the house itself (and possibly the workplace) in terms of the amount of time we dwell in it, while awake,"  says Prof Daniel Miller.  "We are always 'at home' in our smartphone. " "We have become human snails carrying our home in our pockets." The smartphone has changed the ways we ...
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The 1961 Suicide Act

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"Self-murder" became a crime under common law in England in the mid-13th Century. It was not only an offence against God, but against the King and against nature. They were tried posthumously by a coroner's jury. If they were convicted as having murdered themselves, this was "felo de se" (a felon of himself ). Their goods, including all househ...
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world suicide prevention day

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The first World Suicide Prevention Day was launched in Stockholm, on 10 September 2003. It was an initiative of IASP and the World Health Organisation (WHO),  They designated the day as a way of focusing attention on the problem world-wide and confirming the message: Suicides are Preventable. World Suicide Prevention Day aims to put the i...
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Garlands Hospital

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The picture on the right, is on the Carlton Clinic site. What little remains of the Garlands Hospital buildings are now incorporated into a housing estate. This is an extract from J Pitt "the first 10 years of Garlands". Building began in 1838, and on 2nd January, 1862, the institution was opened with accommodation for 200 inmat...
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Breathing Techniques

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What does it mean to be human ? Every day, you take 23,000 breaths and your heart beats 100,000 times.  Humans are capable of more complex thoughts and emotions than any other animal on the planet.  For life to survive : temperature, acidity, oxygen concentration must be precisely controlled.  We are different to other species, we ha...
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