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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

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The Mental Health Lab

How to set goals and achieve them?

This week on The Mental Health Lab, we take a look at how to set effective goals and achieve them based on three golden rules. Read more about effective goal setting.

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Living alone during lockdown: mental health

Living alone during lockdown is becoming increasingly tough for the millions of people who don’t even have a partner or housemate to lean on. Are we doing enough to improve social inclusion? The impact of COVID-19 on physical health is clear. The impact on mental health is becoming clearer but we have only just begun […]

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Dr Alex to focus on Youth Mental Health

From Love Island to No. 10, it’s great to see the government refocus its attention on young people’s mental health with the appointment of Dr Alex George to an unpaid position of advising on mental health. Following the death of his brother last year to suicide, Dr Alex says that he is more galvanised than […]

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Fighting Loneliness: Dogs and Weighted Blankets

Interesting article in The Guardian today around fighting loneliness and the effects of the loss of human contact and touch as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. As humans we seek touch as a form of communication or reassurance; as an interaction between members of a community as much as between strangers, or even […]

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COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis: We’ve Only Just Begun

Working with a mental health charity in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t make me an expert on mental health – but it does provide me with a platform to report what I’ve seen and to try and prepare for the COVID-19 mental health crisis to come. The pandemic has been traumatic for everyone, […]