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Being alone on Christmas

The popular stereotype of Christmas Day, where everyone is surrounded by family and friends, sitting at long tables of festive feasts or under the tree opening presents, is a stark contrast to the reality of many of us. For many people the holidays are the most difficult time of the year, and it is not uncommon to feel isolated or lonely during the...
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Support available over Christmas

  Christmas can be a time for spending time with family and friends, giving gifts, and indulging in the festive spirit. However, Christmas is not a joyous or happy occasion for everyone and for some people it can be one of the most difficult times of the year. At LETSS, we get it and we want to remind our callers that we will be here all throu...
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Christmas gift ideas that are thoughtful and inexpensive

It can be fun buying gifts for the people we care about at Christmas time, but this can be challenging when you have little or no money to spend. There are many ways that we can give thoughtful gifts on a limited budget, and here are five ideas on how you can give great gifts without spending too much money. 1)Organise a friends and family night. G...
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International Men's Day November 19th

This year's theme is about appropriate male role models for men and boys and changing what it means to be a "real man". Men face a unique challenge with their mental health – the perceived expectations that they be "real men" and conform to traditional masculine norms, being tough, not showing emotion, being a bread winner etc. Men who internalise ...
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Supporting Your Loved Ones

Supporting your Loved Ones Being a carer for someone who is on their mental health recovery journey, can be a rewarding yet challenging experience. Below you will find some information on some common misconceptions about depression and some tips on how you can best provide support. For you as a carer For your loved one Tips on how to support You ma...
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Relationship Resources

Love and Relationships
At LETSS, we understand that going through family or relationship difficulties, is tough. However, you do not have to go through this alone! There are a number of brilliant resources out there to help from the comfort of your own home whether you would prefer to chat to a counsellor, get peer support, or use a self-help app! For more information ch...
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Compassion for Anxiety

Compassion for Anxiety
As someone who has struggled with anxiety from a young age, I have tried many different techniques whilst looking for a solution. This has included strategies such as breathing exercises, physical exercises, cognitive-behaviour therapy, and e-therapies. Often these strategies would work….until they didn't. Several minutes, hours, or days later I wo...
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'Reasons to Stay Alive' Book Review

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is a memoir about one man's battle with anxiety and depression. The book draws you in quickly with its easy-to-read style, and is as down-to-earth as humanly possible when writing about the toughest of subjects. Matt describes with brutal honestly his experiences with anxiety and depression, followed by a breakdow...
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Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exercise

  In this blog - Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exercise - Light exercise - chores, sport and fitness two birds one stone? - Cam's Green Exercise Pick Have you tried going for a walk? The science behind Green exercise A few years ago, when I was really unmotivated and depressed. I reached out to a friend for support ...
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Benefits of cutting down on alcohol

​ Having a drink with your friends can be a great way to relax after a long day. However, drinking too much can negatively impact both your physical and mental health. Cutting down on alcohol can have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing including; Increased energy levels : Drinking before bed means that your liver needs to work through the n...
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Its okay not to be okay!

It is undeniable that in the right circumstances, being positive can lead to amazing things and a whole change of perspective. However, it is okay not to feel happy or positive all the time! In fact, sometimes it can even do more harm than good. At some point or another, we probably have all witnessed toxic positivity whether it's an inspirational ...
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Mental Health Care Plan

At LETSS, we frequently hear that people are seeking additional mental health support in the form of seeing a psychologist. However, they often do not know how to start this process and would like some additional information. Therefore, this article will discuss the steps involved in finding and getting a referral to a psychologist. The first step ...
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Practical strategies to try when feeling stressed

At LETSS, we understand that when we are feeling sad, angry, stressed or overwhelmed it can be extremely difficult to think of ways to relax or things that have helped us cope before in the past. Often, we may have the urge to fight against these feelings and thoughts, which can often leave us feeling worse, as all our focus is drawn to these negat...
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CRISIS SUPPORTS

  LETSS, is a non-crisis free call afterhour's phone and web-chat service that offers information, navigation, and support for anyone with any mental health care concerns. However, if you are feeling suicidal, or at risk to yourself or to someone else it can be helpful to have a list of crisis supports you can contact. Check out some of the se...
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Thought Records

Thought records are for the purpose of being able to better understand, acknowledge, and identify our negative thoughts. The premise is that just because we have a thought it does not mean that we have to accept it as being true since sometimes our thoughts (especially when we are feeling depressed or anxious) do not always reflect reality. A thoug...
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Helping someone cope during a panic attack

  It can be difficult witnessing someone you care for suffer from a panic attack. You may feel helpless and unsure of what to do, however there are few small things you can do to help the person experiencing the panic attack. Stay with the person, and sit with them to help them ride it out. Don't panic! Stay calm to show them that everything i...
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Interview with Judy Burke, Founder of Borderline Personality Disorder Carer Support Group: "Sanctuary"

​ Q & A with Judy from Sanctuary: Caring for a person with Borderline Personality Disorder Recently, one of our peer workers sat down with Judy Burke, founder of BPD carer support group Sanctuary, about her experiences of being a carer for someone living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Q: Thanks for speaking with me today, Judy. Would you...
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Coping with Grief

Inevitably, there will be upcoming anniversaries and days such as Christmas and birthdays, in which you have previously shared with your deceased loved one. These will be difficult moments in which the absence of your loved one is particularly prominent and normal grief reactions may be intensified. For some people, the lead-up to the event is some...
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Dealing with a relationship break down

Dealing with a divorce or a break-up can be an incredibly difficult, stressful, and emotional experience in one's life. Often a break-up can bring on a range of different and conflicting emotions including feelings of grief, sadness, denial, disbelief, anger, fear, and confusion. It is normal to feel these things after a break-up and it can take ti...
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Practicing Self Compassion

Self-compassion does not mean that you have to ignore the pain or stop yourself from feeling emotions such as being sad, frustrated, or angry. Rather, being self-compassionate is about acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes, no one is perfect, and experiencing unpleasant difficulties is sometime inevitable. However, rather than criticising your...
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