How to talk to children about mental health

At Shawmind, we’re on a mission to improve children’s mental health through our #Headucation campaign. 1 in 6 school aged children has a common mental health condition yet there is…

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Top Men’s Mental Health Resources

The 19th November marks #InternationalMen’sDay – an opportunity to reflect on the wellbeing of men and highlight positive male role models. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under the…

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How does social media affect mental health

Social media is part of most people’s lives to some degree. In recent years, the focus has often been on the negative impact social media can have on people’s lives…

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How to spot the signs of teen mental health conditions

  The NHS say “It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their teenagers are just “being teens” or if there is something more serious going on.” But with…

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How to support common mental health conditions in schools

1 in 6 school-aged children develop a common mental health condition, yet at present teachers receive no training to support children’s mental health. As part of our Headucation campaign, we’re…

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How can young people get mental health support

Young people need mental health support more than ever. Help us make it better by supporting our Headucation campaign. 50% of all mental health problems start by the age of…

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6 tips for socialising without alcohol

As a nation, Brits are renowned drinkers. Many of our social activities tend to revolve around drinking alcohol, pubs, bars and clubs. The drinking culture we have in Britain can…

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5 ways to build positive mental health

Everyone has mental health – for some, it’s better and for some, it’s worse. Mental health often fluctuates and even those who generally have good mental health can have low…

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What is workplace anxiety?

Many of us are likely to feel anxious or stressed at work occasionally, however, if your anxiety is constant or increasingly frequent you’re likely dealing with some degree of workplace…

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Improving mental health in schools while we get ‘back to normal’

The anxiety about going back to school this year has been amplified by the anxiety that comes with getting ‘back to normal’ after the COVID-19 pandemic. Children already have enough…

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Why complete a Mental Health first aid course?

A mental health first aider acts as the first point of contact for anyone who want to discuss their mental health. The mental health first aider can provide advice and…

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How to help teens with mental health

Young people need mental health support more than ever. Help us train teachers to provide early intervention in schools by supporting #Headucation2025. If you are concerned about the mental health…

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9 realistic ways to cope with workplace anxiety

Anxiety is debilitating and doesn’t stop when you enter your workplace (or switch on your laptop) but it can feel like you need to push your mental health struggles aside…

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Can mental health training improve employability?

While unemployment rates in the UK have not risen as high as economists predicted at the start of the pandemic, there are still numerous job hunters who find themselves competing…

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How can teachers help students with mental health issues?

After parents and carers, teachers spend more time with children than anyone else which puts them in a perfect position to identify problems and help children solve them. Particularly with…

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How is children’s mental health legally protected in the UK?

1 in 6 school-aged children in the UK suffer from a mental health condition and suicide is the leading cause of death in 15-19-year-olds. With such staggering figures, how is…

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The importance of mental health training for teachers

Mental health training for teachers has never been more critical: 1 in 6 school age children have a mental health problem and over two thirds of young people believe that…

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What causes mental health problems in schools

1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and 75% of diagnosable mental health conditions are present before the age of 18. In 2017 we raised 103,000 signatures…

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Top 10 Children’s Mental Health Resources

Children’s mental health has never been more critical. We’ve just been through an extraordinary worldwide event, children have been thrown in and out of their routines and kept away from…

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Top tips for looking after men’s mental health

In the UK, around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health condition and 3 out of 4 suicides are committed by men. Why, then, do so few men…

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Signs of anxiety to look out for in children

Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness or fear that, in many situations, is normal to experience – however when you feel this way most of the time it can be…

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Why think about mental health first aid in the workplace?

We know we talk about mental health first aid in the workplace a lot, but it is increasingly important for businesses to make sure they are doing everything they can…

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Help with Health Anxiety

Health anxiety (or hypochondria) is when you become obsessed with the idea that you are – or will be – physically ill. Worrying about your health can lead you to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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BreatheUni: Depression and Coping

By Anna P., MSc Psychology and Shania Z., BSc Psychology Students and Volunteers   Depression We have all felt negative emotions, whether that’s sadness, anger, anxiety or frustration. These emotions…

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Children and teachers must be given the opportunity to tell their stories…

After a second period of Covid lockdown, seeing children being educated at home and online for nearing 3 months, schools began to unlock on Monday 8th March.  Of course, schools have…

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Signs of anxiety to look out for in the workplace

  Anxiety is a normal response to worrying situations and everyone is likely to feel moments of anxiety in their lives. However, when feelings of anxiety persist it can be…

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What does mental health first aid training cover?

This April is Stress Awareness Month. With 55% of sick days in 2019/20 being directly attributable to workplace-related stress, anxiety and depression*, we wanted to look at one of the…

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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…

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How mental health affects education

NHS research suggests that 1 in 6 UK school children struggle with mental health. Mental health challenges make it difficult for children to achieve high grades, form friendships and make…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Let’s improve your mental health awareness…

Mental health awareness is crucial to being able to support your friends, colleagues and relatives during difficult times. Having an awareness of some common mental health challenges and their symptoms…

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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…

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Why mental health first aid is important

Why do businesses need mental health first aid? It is estimated that about 1 in 4 people experience poor mental health during their working life. Everything from stress to clinical…

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BreatheUni: Imposter Syndrome – What it is and what you can do about it?

Bianca R., MSc Psychology Student and volunteer   Do you struggle to recognise and internalise your achievements and other’s praise? Are you often working yourself into the ground to deliver…

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BreatheUni: More on Coping – Insights on Grounding

Lauren T., MSc Health Psychology Student and volunteer   So we’ve talked a bit about coping – what it is, how it can help, yeah? Now how about let me…

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The Story Behind the Story: Understanding how employees really feel

  We’ve acknowledged the problem but organisations have not yet had their epiphany. Understanding how to systematically measure and manage intangibles like mental health and social capital will have a…

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BreatheUni: Coping Amidst the Pandemic

Anisa D., MSc Health Psychology & Lauren T., MSc Health Psychology Students and volunteers   Since this pandemic started, many of us have experienced a whirlwind of emotions. Admittedly as…

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BreatheUni: More on Anxiety

by Nazia U., MSc Psychology Student & Jessica P., BSc Psychology and Counselling Student and volunteers   What is anxiety? Anxiety is a natural, emotional response to an encounter that…

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BreatheUni: About OCD & Anxiety

by Anna P., an MSc Psychology student volunteer   On the 2nd February, at our Breathe Café online, we had an inspiring talk by Helena Tarrant, Cartoonist and author of…

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We Are In A Mental Health Pandemic Too And We Need To Realise It

The true impact of COVID-19 goes far deeper than the physical effects of the virus. Each day, we see the new horrifying death rate and the many thousands of new…

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Teachers’ journey throughout the pandemic

What was going through your head when the first lockdown was announced? I know my first questions were ‘How long will we be in this lockdown for?’ and ‘When will…

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The importance of looking after your wellbeing when you work from home

When the UK went into a national lockdown in March of this year, it’s probably fair to say none of us expected the impact would last as long as it…

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Relationships and Mindfulness in Quarantine

The current times are often described as unprecedented. Most of us have been presented with new experiences and challenges to overcome. It continues to be a time where our limits…

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Men’s Mental Health: be innovative in the way you adapt to the change in your circumstances

Men really don’t ask for directions, and most also don’t speak about the mental wellbeing challenges that they go through. Either we feel we don’t want to burden our partner,…

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From Broken to Balanced

How to Break Bad Habits Before They Break You Many bestselling self-help books are about creating healthy habits. You may have read several of them such as ‘The Seven Habits…

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