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How to have an argument

Whether it’s with a partner, colleague, friend, or family member, we get some expert insight into managing arguments, communicating in the throes of passion, and discovering your ‘conflict style’ Like it or not – and, let’s be honest, most of the time we don’t – conflict and arguments come hand-in-hand with relationships. That’s not to say that they’re pleasant, or something that we should become accustomed to if they’re affecting us negatively, but arguments are normal – and could even be good

7% of children attempt suicide by the age of 17, and 1 in 4 have self-harmed

As the number of children who have attempted suicide or self-harmed continues to rise, we take a look at why this might be, and get expert advice on supporting the young people in our lives According to a paper published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, 7% of children have attempted suicide by the age of 17, and one in four shared that they had self-harmed in the past year. Taking a closer look at the findings, researchers found that there was a higher prevalence of severe mental health d

Baby talk: preventative counselling for new parents

They say nothing can prepare you for your first baby, and that might well be true. But here, with the help of a counsellor, we explore preventive relationship counselling, and uncover the benefits that it can unlock for you and your family It goes without saying that the decision to start a family is a monumental one. For many people, the ‘right time’ may have come after years of thought and reflection, and is bundled up with a plethora of fears and anxieties about this new, unknown, pathway.

Samantha Bennington: For the greater good

The author, entertainment entrepreneur, and life coach opens up about her memoir – Falling Love Notes – her experience with grief, misconceptions about being an adoptee, and why she wants to reach others with her story Hi Samantha! What inspired you to tell your story with Falling Love Notes? I’ve always wanted to share my journey and to give tools to anyone going through difficult scenarios. If my life journey can help at least one person – and hopefully many more – get through difficult time

12 things you didn’t know could be symptoms of depression

Sometimes, depression can creep up on us in unexpected and subtle ways. Did you know about these unusual symptoms? Depression is one of the most prominent mental health conditions worldwide, and it’s likely that if you haven’t experienced it yourself, someone close to you has. For some, depression can be something that affects them in the short-term, following a distressing event or a loss, while for others it can stay with them for long periods of time, becoming something that they live along

10 concentration-boosting songs to play while you work

Get in the zone with these tracks from across the genres We’ve all be there, your to-do list is sitting untouched while your mind wanders and brain fog descends. You need to get your head in the game, but how? Music has the ability to both soothe and energise us, and can have a real effect on our mood and mindset – it can also help make tedious tasks fly by. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together 10 of our favourite songs across the genres to put on in the background while you work. It’s

How to speak love languages

Learn how to discover you and your partner’s love languages, and unlock a whole new level of communication Communication – we all know it’s one of the key factors in a healthy, happy relationship. But, when it comes to expressing love, what happens if you’re speaking entirely different languages? The concept of “love languages” comes from author Dr Gary Chapman in his bestselling book The 5 Love Languages. The idea is that everyone gives and receives love in different ways but, for most of us,

'Toxic stereotypes’ have detrimental effect on men’s mental health

The latest findings highlight a link between damaging male stereotypes and poor mental health If you stopped to think about it, it’s likely that within minutes you’d be able to list countless examples of damaging gendered stereotypes that you have encountered in the media. From the hyper-masculine womanisers on reality TV shows to useless dads in adverts, and the stoic home-provider in films and shows, these figures take their toll. The suicide rate among young men is at its highest in decades

How to deal with manipulative people

Don’t get caught in a trap, learn how to spot manipulation in action, and break free for good Throughout our lives, we’re bound to come into contact with manipulative people. It could be in the workplace, in a friendship, or a relationship – it might even be a family member. Manipulation comes in many different forms, but most of the time it happens on the sly, and you may not always realise what’s going on. But, as counsellor Chris Mounsher shares, once you have identified the problem, there

Could libraries help us tackle loneliness?

A £3.5 million award to The Reading Agency has injected new life into libraries’ mental health and wellbeing programmes For those who are struggling with their mental health, reading can be a lifeline – offering escapism, comfort, and hope. In their prime, libraries were often a hub of community life, but – as findings from The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy revealed in 2020 – since 2010, more than 800 libraries across Britain have been closed, with a 29.6% decline in spe

10 non-cliché Valentine’s Day gifts

For your partner, friend, or even yourself – do something different this year, with our selection of the best sustainable and quirky Valentine’s Day gifts Heart-shaped foil balloons and a cheesy teddy-bear? Come on now, we can do better than that. Letting loved ones know that we appreciate and care about them is something that we should do 365 days a year. So, if you’re choosing to exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day, it makes sense that you’d want something that lasts and that recognises your u

Fresh calls for a counsellor in every school, as children’s mental health suffers

As mental health conditions in children rise by 50%, the government faces fresh calls for statutory funded school counselling services Across the UK, children and young people’s mental health is at risk in ways we haven't seen before. It’s a topic highlighted by the Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield in her report for 2020/21, where she reflected on the state of children’s mental health services, evaluating progress and highlighting areas of failure. The report explores the impact that COV

Study finds that teens can ‘catch’ moods from friends

And bad moods are more contagious than good moods, researchers have found If you live alongside a teenager, or ever were one yourself, the latest findings from the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford may not come as a huge surprise to you, as they discovered that teenagers can ‘catch’ moods from their friends – and that bad ones are more potent than good ones. In the study, two groups of teenagers aged 15 to 19 years old, recorded their daily moods and social interactions while on a short re

Is remote working making imposter syndrome worse?

Do you often find yourself faced with feelings of not being ‘good enough’, or that you've tricked others into thinking you're better than you are? A new study has found that you’re not alone Imposter syndrome is on the rise, according to a study by work management tool Asana. The global study, which sampled 13,000 people – including 2,010 from the UK – has found that the levels of those experiencing imposter syndrome have hit 69%, with 45% saying this has worsened for them since working in a re

Six parents share their tips for homeschooling in lockdown

We spoke to parents to find out how they’re making homeschooling work for them while taking care of their own, and their family's, mental health As schools around the country closed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, once again parents are faced with the challenges of homeschooling their children. And it’s no easy feat. Contending with schoolwork alongside juggling your own work, not to mention the mental wellbeing of your family, parents have a lot on their plate at the moment. In these

Sometimes, you just have to let yourself feel it

Following the news that Christmas 2020 will be very different for households across the UK, Happiful’s head writer, Kathryn Wheeler, reflects on managing bad news and finding hope in hard times, and reaches out to mental health professionals for their advice It was midday Saturday 19 December when I first started picking up on whispers that something big was about to be announced. By 4.30 PM, push notifications, reports, tweets, texts, clips, and frantic phone calls confirmed that the planned r

Survey finds nearly one in five women could have an eating disorder

New data from The Health Survey for England uncovered that 19% of women screened positive for a possible eating disorder when questioned about their relationship with food According to charity Beat, eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that can involve restricting or avoiding food, bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia. As with all experiences, eating disorders exist on a scale but, wherever someone sits on that scale, it’s still vital to take their experiences seriously. Monitoring the

85% of seniors are now talking about their mental health

New research has suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many senior people to begin to open up about their mental health They may be the generation known for upholding the ‘stiff-upper-lip’, but new research from Amica has suggested that the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has prompted many seniors to begin to have conversations about their mental health. In their survey of more than 1,400 American and Canadian seniors, Amica discovered that 85% are now talking about their mental hea

8 LGBTQ+ brands to support this Christmas

From unique homeware to the retro-inspired exercise class membership, we’re rounding up some of our favourite Christmas gifts from LGBTQ+ brands This Christmas, a lot of us are thinking about where we’re spending our money. After the year we’ve all had, it makes sense that we want to give back to local communities, small sellers, and those who have social change at the heart of their businesses. In recent years, huge strides have been made in LGBTQ+ representation, inclusion, and equality – bu

Santa officially given essential worker status

In the must-see official letter and video, Santa is cleared to continue his work in the UK and Ireland It’s the question on a lot of children and families' minds at the moment: What about Santa? Could he be held up by current travel restrictions? Will he be forced to self-isolate for 14 days? Should he be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines? Understandably, there's a considerable amount of concern about his wellbeing. But, after much speculation, it appears the government has fi
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