Coping with unemployment – Michel’s story…

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Michel shares his tips on ways to look after your mental health and wellbeing while unemployed. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/stories/coping-unemployment-michels-story Michel Syrett is co-author of How to Survive Unemployment: Creative Alternatives, published by Penguin. He is also a founding member of The Lived Experience Research Collective, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, a collective of researchers with lived experience of mental ill-health who conduct …

Raising awareness of the reality of living with dementia…

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Patricia, Diane and Deirdre are Dementia Peer Support Workers at the Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Memory Service run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.  They all have dementia and help other people to understand their diagnosis and learn how to live well with dementia. This is their story. We want everyone who is diagnosed with dementia to …

What is mental health?

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Being mentally healthy doesn’t just mean that you don’t have a mental health problem. If you’re in good mental health, you can: make the most of your potential cope with life play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends. Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical …

From surviving to thriving: building a mentally healthier Britain…

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While we’re becoming physically healthier as a society, our mental health is not improving. Depression is one of the leading causes of illness on the planet. We need to act and build a more mentally healthy society. Too few of us are merely surviving – we want to enable people to thrive. Click on the following link to watch the …

What is good mental health?

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Good mental health is not simply the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, although good mental health is likely to help protect against development of many such problems. Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including: the ability to learn the ability to feel, express and manage a range …

Life’s struggles…

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What are our biggest life struggles? And what does it take to just survive? Mental Health Awareness went to Soho square in London to ask some members of the public. People candidly opened up to them about their most significant struggles in life. They included depression, addiction and divorce. They also say how these experiences impacted their lives. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/i-survive

Three-minute mindfulness breathing space…

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This podcast is a free three-minute breathing space narrated by Ed Halliwell – one of the world’s leading mindfulness teachers. You can listen to it whenever you feel tense and it is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down. It also gives you a flavour of our online mindfulness course Be Mindful – which is co-presented …

How to look after your mental health in later life

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Research shows that there are five key issues that can have an impact on the mental wellbeing of older people: Discrimination Participation in meaningful activities Relationships Physical health Poverty There is a lot you can do to protect your own mental wellbeing and the MHA have published a booklet where you can find references get both help and advice. It …

From surviving to thriving: building a mentally healthier Britain…

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While we’re becoming physically healthier as a society, our mental health is not improving. Depression is one of the leading causes of illness on the planet. We need to act and build a more mentally healthy society. Too few of us are merely surviving – we want to enable people to thrive. https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/podcasts-and-videos/surviving-thriving-building-mentally-healthier-britain

Learning Disabilities – some stats…

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Mental health problems among people with a learning disability are often overlooked, underdiagnosed and left untreated as a result of poor understanding, awareness, evidence in this area and symptoms being mistakenly attributed to the person’s learning disability: Data has shown that people with lower intellectual ability had higher rates of symptoms of common mental health problems (25%) compared to those with average …