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Been Diagnosed With PTSD? Here Are Some Next Steps for You

Being diagnosed with PTSD might be leaving you with a load of different emotions. Maybe you are relieved to finally be able to put a name to what you have been feeling. But maybe you are also feeling scared about what this means and how you might be able to cope going forward. PSTD, which

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What Actually is Self-Harm? A Simple Guide

OK. So you’ve heard of self-harm and maybe you know people who do it. But do you actually know what it is and why people self-harm? Why do some people feel an urge to inflict pain on themselves? I can remember as a youth worker running mental health workshops in schools about self-harm and people

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“I’ve been self-harming, what should I do?”

Self-harm can often be something that people do in secret, and it can feel like a very private way of coping so worrying that someone might find out is a very normal fear. Perhaps you have scars, and you are ashamed and embarrassed about what you have done to your body. You don’t want to

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What Do I Do If Coming Out Doesn’t Go Well?

You’ve managed to pluck up the courage and found a way to tell your parents the truth. You’ve just come out, and you are gutted as it hasn’t gone well. What do you do now?  Here are 5 tips on how to cope. It’s not your fault Maybe you’ve read lots of coming out stories

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Feeling Anxious About Lockdown Easing? Read This

This Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK is on the cusp of reopening and getting back to how things were 2 years ago. When we entered lockdown, we were all nervous, but now anxiety is on the up because of opening those same doors we closed. Are you feeling anxious about meeting up with friends

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How to Deal with Burnout

Do you feel exhausted? Are you finding it difficult to stay positive about your job? Are tasks feeling overwhelming? If the answer is ‘yes’, you might be experiencing burnout. Burnout is what happens to us when chronic workplace stress is not managed. I write about this today as we mark the first anniversary of the

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What Actually is Depression?

If you are currently feeling suicidal, find out where you can support here. As a counsellor, I have had many clients over the years describe their depression to me as a deep, dark fog.  Many feel like there is no escape and that they are stuck in this darkness with so little energy to do

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8 Tips for Coping with Winter Blues

It’s the winter, it’s cold and dark, and really not that inspiring. Do you notice your mood and energy dropping in the winter months? If so these tips might help you cope. Light up your day With shorter days it is more important than ever to try to get outside and see the light. To

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8 Things You Can Do to Keep Suicidal Thoughts at Bay

If you are currently feeling suicidal, click here for information on where to get urgent support. Wait Try to decide not to do anything to hurt yourself right now. Sometimes it can help to take one day at a time. If that feels too overwhelming, try taking one hour at a time, or five minutes

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8 in-the-moment things you should remember if someone opens up about suicide

It’s okay to feel scared If a mate tells you suicide is on their mind it can feel very scary. Remember this is a normal human feeling. We want our friends to stay alive and having this kind of conversation can feel very scary for everyone, even me, and I’m a counsellor! You don’t have

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