Mental health is often in the news – and that is a good thing! We are beginning to understand that mental health is something that we all need in order to thrive, but some of us at some point in our lives will become unwell. For a few, a serious mental illness such as psychosis can be debilitating whilst, for…

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    Sometimes, the unexpected happens. An unforeseen consequence of your actions; an opportunity seized by someone your actions impact. When thinking about what to write about for this blog, I remembered an occasion when something unexpected…

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    The UK general election is fast approaching, and for the first time we see Mental Health as a major concern for politicians – well, for some more enlightened politicians at least. For the past five…

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    Suicide is in the news a lot at the moment. We hear from public figures talking candidly about their experiences. Bravely sharing how, whilst gripped by depression, thoughts of suicide became a real threat to…

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    The last British Gambling Prevalence Survey to reflect the whole of the UK was published in 2010. It reported that within the period of a year, 73% of the adult population gambled regularly, and that…

  • How do you support your staff after a colleague dies by suicide?

    My Uncle passed a few months ago. It came as a shock. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and underwent an operation to remove a section of his lung. He never recovered. It was (and…

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