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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, […]

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Finding Community in Lockdown

Although the coronavirus lockdown is having a negative effect on people’s mental health as discussed in our article on the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis, there are plenty of examples of positive activities that we should also turn our attention too including personal creative projects such as Jamie Harmon’s efforts to find community in lockdown. It’s […]

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Community Innovation: Thinking beyond the Oche

Community Innovation comes from necessity. Creating community is big on our minds at the moment – Community is what’s needed to support the vulnerable, community is what’s needed to pull us all together while staying apart. Community ideas are flying around and funders are frantically trying to filter the effective from the less so. At […]

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Man Utd choose older mascots to highlight loneliness – BBC News

The team were greeted by elderly fans instead of children before their game with Watford. — Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-51586060 It’s great to see such an incredible impact from such a simple step. Social Inclusion will be one of the greatest challenges that society faces as the post-war population bubble reaches maturity in retirement and social […]