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So your friend says they’re not okay…now what?

It can be hard to know what to do if a friend has shared they're not okay. While we may genuinely want to support them – it's easy to feel stuck for words and solutions. So what can you do when this happens? Have a look below where we've broken it down into three key steps. Listen. Often the best way to support someone is to just allow them to have...
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Lets talk about Mental Illness

 I think mental illness can sometimes be hard to understand if you have never really experienced it or never known someone who has experienced it. I guess it's not like mental illness is a taboo subject anymore because it is commonly portrayed and spoken about in the media. Yet, it's like there is this certain image or stigma attached to the w...
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Reminiscence

Have you ever been looking through old photographs or listening to a song and found yourself reminiscing and smiling at positive memories from your past? This scenario of recalling positive memories in order to re-experience happy events and emotions is an example of positive reminiscence. Positive reminiscence has shown great potential in reducing...
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The Small Things

​They teach us young the things worth living forThe big things in life to make us want moreLike buying a house or getting a promotion Having a baby or getting married to show devotionThese are things that we strive to achieveBecause this is what will make us happy we believeBut what about the smaller and simpler thingsAnd the happiness and joy that...
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Just listening

Just listening… sounds simple enough right? But how often do we feel the need to jump into giving advice and solutions when someone comes to us for support? How often has someone else done this when all we've wanted is to be listened to? It may sound easy, but just listening is something we regularly forget to do, and yet this can often be the most...
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How to cope with anger in healthy and safe ways

Being human means we experience an incredible and diverse set of emotions. Some emotions are rich and fulfilling, such as the amazing feeling of achievement after finishing a huge assignment or perhaps the overwhelming feeling of utter joy when you see friend after a long time. Other emotions may not be so pleasant such as the heavy and intense fee...
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Everyday Mindfulness

Every day, we experience thousands of thoughts per day. We think of our worries, memories, day-dreams, and reminders such as "I need to remember to drop into the shop after work to buy milk" or "I still need to buy Aunty Carol a present". Therefore, although technically we are present in our environment we are not always emotionally present. This c...
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Men's Health Week

This year, June 15th marked the start of Men's health week. This week is so important because the health status of males is typically poorer than that of females – and this goes for physical and mental health. Today I want to specifically focus on men's mental health. Did you know that men are less likely than women to actively engage with mental h...
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What about... you?

Are you surrounded by people who need your help? Do you feel unable to say "no", or experience guilt for even thinking about taking time out just for you? I wonder if you ever tell little white lies, in order to make others feel better… maybe to help them believe you're not as tired as you really are.These can all be signs that you care for others ...
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Reintegrating into the world after isolation

 One year ago, if someone told you what the world would look like today, what would your reaction have been? Mine would have been a mix of concern and laughter at the new 2020-is-the-new-2012 disaster conspiracy. And yet… here we are. In this 'new normal'. It's only natural we wonder about our future, as a society: what will the world look lik...
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Strategies for Maintaining Mental Health During Isolation

It is well known that boredom can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness. LETSS peer workers have come up with 5 strategies that may help you to cope should you need to isolate. 1. Maintain a Routine As much as possible, maintain a routine each day. Shower when you usually would, and eat when you usually would. Most ...
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Studying From Home

 Studying from HomeWith the recent restrictions and most universities opting to move their classes and lectures online, most people are finding themselves studying from at home. Whilst comfortable, working and concentrating from home can be extremely challenging! Not only is there plenty of distractions but also it can be difficult to get used...
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Parenting Through Isolation – 7 Tips for When You're Struggling Too

Sometimes mental illness can make it difficult to be the parents that we want to be. It can feel impossible to be emotionally available to provide comfort for our kids – especially if there is no one there to support and comfort us.At this time there are a great number of unknowns, and this is a stress that is impacting most people in the community...
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Progressive Muscle Relaxation Techniques

 If you have not been recommended this before – you are in for a hopefully delightful surprise. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) has become a highly recommended technique for all who engage with therapy.Progressive Muscle Relaxation aims to support you to force the body to relax by actually tensing your muscles to begin with. With Progressi...
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5 Helpful Strategies for Anxiety

1. Mindful BreathingAnxiety can cause you to breathe faster and more shallow than usual. Deliberately slowing your breathing by counting to 3 as you breathe in, holding for 1, and then counting to 3 or 4 as you breathe out can assist you to slow your breathing down and regulate your parasympathetic nervous system. This in turn can slow your heart r...
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Train Track Metaphor for Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks

 Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks using the Identify, Monitor, and Intervene Tool   Download PDF File Here
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Dealing with Performance Anxiety

 Hello Fringe Friends!Thought I would make a blog post for those who get some performance anxiety. Having performed since I was a little 3yo, I have learnt that performance anxiety never really goes away. However, there are plenty of skills that I have learnt to get me back to that manageable level of nerves so that it doesn't affect my perfor...
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The Court Case

When we are experiencing distressing thoughts, it can cause us to feel scared, upset, frustrated, or even angry. However, just because we experience a distressing thought, it does not always mean that it reflects the reality of the situation and it does not always mean the thought is true. That is why it can be helpful to reflect and find evidence ...
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ACT teaches people to embrace all of life’s experiences – the good and the bad – in order to live a rich and meaningful life

 I was first introduced to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT for short) in a group setting. There were a dozen or so highly anxious individuals (myself included) trying to avoid eye contact with each other and the group facilitator. When the facilitator asked what we knew about ACT, we kept our eyes fixed on the ground and our mouths s...
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Sensory Boxes

 Sensory boxes can be relatively simple and inexpensive to make, yet incredibly helpful at times for people who often feel anxious or overwhelmed. It can help by allowing the person to engage with their senses, thus allowing the person to feel more relaxed and more grounded in the present moment.Everyone's sensory box will be different dependi...
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