Mental Health

What are Invisible Illnesses? 6 Things You Need to Know

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Whilst when we break a leg, get the flu or have an accident, everyone around us can see that we aren’t 100%, a huge amount of illness and disability is under the surface. These are often called invisible illnesses; but what are they and

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What is Self-Harm?

Bullying can be a major cause of self-harming and is often misunderstood.

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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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Six Things You Can Do If You Are Worried You Have An Eating Disorder

What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are serious mental illnesses, characterised by disordered eating behaviour that might include restricting the amount of food eaten, eating very large quantities of food all at once, countering food eaten through purging or excessive exercise, or a combination of these. It’s important to remember that they’re not really

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How to Tell Someone You Love About Your Eating Disorder

Talking to someone you love about your eating disorder is never an easy conversation. We all want to keep those we care about free from pain, and if we feel like we are the ones that are going to be causing it, opening up can be an extremely tough ask.  Whilst this is true for

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Busted: 7 Eating Disorder Myths That Are Not True

Eating disorders can be tricky to handle. If you have one, or know someone who does, it can be tough to know what’s happening or sort fact from fiction. There are lots of things that we often automatically think are true about eating disorders that actually are not, and there lots of different types that

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This is What OCD is NOT

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, a mental health condition where symptoms include intrusive unwanted thoughts which for some, lead to compulsive, repetitive behaviours. For years, the real meaning of what it is to live with OCD has been manipulated. We want to change this, and really see and understand what everyone that has OCD deals with

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10 Things You Need to Know About Confidence

Feeling like you have no confidence? We’re here to tell you that confidence is not a natural thing. For most other people, confidence comes and goes. Nobody is born full of confidence or feeling unconfident. Confidence is a feeling that people develop and work on over time. If bullying has made you feel low on

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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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7 Tips To Overcome Shyness

Some people are shy. Some people are not. Some people are born shy, while others are shy because of things that have happened in their life like being bullied or a lack of confidence. You’re not alone, between 40 and 60 percent of adults reported they are shy. It is not a bad thing, in

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