Bean Block – Breathe Cafe

Every Tuesday from 4pm Shawmind run a Breathe Space at the BeanBlock Cafe especially for young people to pop in and have a chat, do come along if you have questions, need help or simply want to chat to somebody

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BreatheUni: What are Toxic Relationships and How to Deal with Them?

By Anisa D., MSc Health Psychology Student & Nazia U., MSc Psychology Student and Volunteers


Toxic relationships are broadly defined as ones that are repetitive, mutually destructive and have unhealthy patterns that cause more harm than good for both parties. Toxic relationships can be with friends, family and/or your partner.

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BreatheUni: 5 Steps to Combat Loneliness

By Mariam G., BSc Psychology and Counselling Student and Volunteer


The Office for National Statistics stated that in April-May 2020, around 2.6 million people reported feeling lonely “often” or “always”, and around 7.4 million adults said that their well-being has been affected as a result of feeling lonely.

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BreatheUni: Friendships and Feeling Lonely at University

Bianca R., MSc Psychology Student and Volunteer


It has been one year since the first UK lockdown, and national restrictions are still in place. No university student could have foreseen what the past 12 months of their academic career and university experience have looked like. Whether you

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BreatheUni: Depression and Coping

By Anna P., MSc Psychology and Shania Z., BSc Psychology Students and Volunteers


We have all felt negative emotions, whether that’s sadness, anger, anxiety or frustration. These emotions come in waves and some days can be worse than others.

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are feeling down or feeling depressed?
Depression is a

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BreatheUni: Tackling Burnout

By Patricia D. and Lauren T., MSc Health Psychology Students and Shawmind Volunteers

What is burnout?

We’re starting to hear this term more and more – burnout. But what even is it? Burnout can essentially be described as a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. Basically, burnout happens to individuals who tend to overwork themselves.

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BreatheUni: Men’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Alfie P., BSc Psychology Student and Volunteer


Are you or do you know someone struggling with mental health?

Is substance abuse the way it is being coped with?

Because if so, then you’re not alone; roughly 50 per cent of individuals with severe mental disorders are affected by substance abuse. In fact, I was

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BreatheUni: The Numbers Behind the Men’s Suicide Crisis

By Jeremy L., MSc Psychology Student and Volunteer


In England, around one in eight men has a common mental health problem such as depression, anxiety, panic disorder, or obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). However this is not the complete story as many more conditions go undiagnosed. This

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BreatheUni: More on Procrastination

Laura B., BSc Psychology & Counselling Student and Volunteer


There is not one individual who has not procrastinated at least once in their lifetime. Individuals who might say ‘I don’t procrastinate’ are just better at dealing with the negative emotions that come with completing a task. Some might say they have a better self-discipline. When we procrastinate, we are

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BreatheUni: Tips for beating procrastination

Mariam G., BSc Psychology and Counselling Student


“I’ll do it later” … “Let me finish one more episode” … “There’s no point in doing it now”

These are the excuses we tell ourselves. We all do it. Most of the time it’s harmless, but once it becomes a habit, that’s when we have a serious problem.


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