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These range from mental health issues to queries and psychoeducation. If there's an issue you'd like information or help with please get in contact.
Coping with stress
Coping with Stress: advice to hospital staff Here are some tips from the CDC regarding key workers and how to build resilience. We recognise it's bee
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is the feeling of being anxious about almost everything and anything. Often, people affected by GAD will feel overly worried about a wide range of things relating to a variety of topics including health, money, work, school and relationships and sometimes may not even be able to identify a reason that they feel anxious. GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as: restlessness a sense
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?
A brief video guide to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This link also takes you to a BLMK video on CBT and is closed captioned. CBT Example diagram CBT is offered by all of our BLMK IAPT services if you feel like this is something that could be useful. There are also talking therapies and workshops ba
PA infographic Self-guided square breathing for anxiety: try this short video (closed captions, no sound needed). What are panic attacks? Common symptoms and treatment. Scroll down to see an interactive exercise that can be useful for managing breathing (by Dr Mat
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together". The good news is that with the right t
How can I help my PTSD symptoms?
How can PTSD be helped? Do ......... · keep life as normal as possible · get back to your usual routine · talk about what happened to someone you trust · try relaxation exercises · go back to work · eat and exercise regularly · go back to where the traumatic event happened · take time to be with family and friends · drive with care - your concentration may be poor · be more careful generally - accidents are more likely at this time · speak to a doctor · expect to get
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life. Any situation tha
Overcoming your fear of needles Many people have this fear, but it can be overcome with simple exercises and practice. Especially with the importance of the vaccine, it is something that can be worked on. For some people, it is linked to fainting, or feeling faint. When their fear is triggered (for example, by seeing blood or thinking about an injection), their heart rate and blood pressure increase (as with other kinds of fears), but then rapidly drop. It is this fall in blood pressure th
Reading Well for mental health provides helpful information and support for managing common mental health conditions, or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs. This is led by the Reading Agency, which aims to tackle loneliness and support menta
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It can be very distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control. An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to do to temporar
Simply put, resilience is the ability to cope under pressure. A person who copes well under pressure is resilient. Here is a skills book by the NHS which explains and talks through different aspects of resilience. Research suggests that the ability to cope well under pressure is based on a positive outlook, combined with stra
Keeping Well BLMK More than 3.5 million people are employed as shift workers in the UK. They work in a wide variety of industries including the emergency services, healthcare, the utilities, transport, manufacturing (including oil, gas & chemical industries), entertainment and retail. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and long working hours that do not
Coping with worry
Worries can be about hypothetical situations. These types of worries are based on ‘What if…?’ This type of worry occurs because w