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Community is a Public Health Service

If we’ve learned anything over the past 12 months then surely it’s that stronger communities are one of the key solutions to dealing with public health crises. Whether through a coordinated response to public health controls, or a social response to mutually beneficial movement restrictions, or simply the way that the community sector has worked […]

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Hard to reach Communities = Under-served

I was listening to a podcast interview this week and, forgive me for not remembering the title, I was struck by the terminology the interview used when talking about hard to reach communities. She described them as under-served and that resonated with me. Too often we seem to get our language the wrong way around […]

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Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue has long been an issue for people in the medical and humanitarian professions. People often enter those worlds because of a desire to care, and to be compassionate towards others, but often compassion is tested to the limits. What does compassion fatigue mean for both those suffering from emotional burnout and those on […]

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Pritzker Prize: It’s best to work with what you’ve got

There’s an important lesson for the third sector to learn from the winners of this year’s Pritzker Prize: you don’t always have to come in with a fresh broom and sweep away what already exists within a community – take time to understand and appreciate what already exists and look to expand and build on […]

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Drug-free treatment of psychosis –

Can there be a drug-free treatment of psychosis? Is it possible to use alternative therapeutic approaches to combat the primary course of medication? A documentary from the BBC World Service looks at an experimental approach within Norway; can Norwegian patients with psychosis benefit from a new challenge to traditional existing treatments, a drug-free treatment? With […]

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Liminal Thresholds and the Trauma of COVID Recovery

The world is focused on COVID vaccination and reopening shops and restaurants, but aside from the physical reopening of our world, have we really understood what will be required for us to mentally reopen? Not since World War II, have we faced such a national trauma, where an entire population has been affected by illness, […]

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Bringing Restorative Justice to Education

An interesting approach incorporating restorative justice and a democratic approach are being taken by a new school which launched in Croydon, in September 2020. We know that teachers all over the UK have been working tirelessly for years to deliver positive educational experiences for their pupils under ever-changing regulations, targets, and curriculum approaches – but […]

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The Mental Health Lab

The Rider and the Elephant: Behaviour Change

Putting animal ethics aside for the sake of a fictional analogy, the Rider and the Elephant travel along a road towards the Rider’s intended destination but they are unlikely to reach that goal? Why? What can we do to make it more achievable? According to Jonathan Haidt, the author of The Happiness Hypothesis, behaviour change often […]

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Positive Deviance

This week, an eight-year-old blog post from Oxfam about ‘Positive Deviance’ came to my attention about reversing a common approach to public health programmes (based on the Ladder of Intervention) and instead, changing people’s practice first, and then working backwards to the education and knowledge. The Ladder of Intervention assumes that we start from the […]

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BBC Headroom: BBC Launches Mental Health Hub

The BBC has launched a new mental health hub called BBC Headroom containing everyday tips, sounds to relax your mind, strategies to cope with parenting and films to get you talking, they have brought together content from across the BBC to help you look after yourself and your loved ones. Find out more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/headroom