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Eating disorder hospitalisations rise by 50% for under-20s

The figures show that the number of under-20s with eating disorders admitted to hospitals is nearly 50% higher than in 2019–2020 According to data from NHS Digital, the number of under-20s who have been admitted to hospitals for treatment for eating disorders had increased by nearly 50% since the same period between 2019–2020. In total, 3,200 people were admitted, compared with 2,200 from the previous year. In addition, nearly three in 10 patients wait longer than the recommended one week for

50 questions to build emotional intimacy

Settle down with your partner and take turns asking and answering these questions to help deepen your connection Our romantic relationships are some of the most important in our lives, bringing us joy, comfort and support. Building emotional intimacy strengthens these bonds even further, deepening your connection and your understanding of each others’ wants, needs, and desires. To help you along the way, we’ve gathered together 50 questions that help you build emotional intimacy. Set aside som

10 feel-good songs for summer days

Relax in the sun with this line-up of feel-good songs for summer days There’s nothing like lounging around on a summer day with the sound of good music in your ears. For many people, sunshine is already a wellbeing booster, as the sun’s rays boost vitamin D in the body, and it’s even been linked to an increase in the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin. Add a feel-good playlist into the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for a soothing, supportive day. Here, we round up our pick of 10 feel-good songs for sunn

More than half of those with a skin condition feel ‘judged’

New research from the British Skin Foundation has highlighted the effect that skin conditions can have on our mental wellbeing Skin conditions are incredibly common, with an estimated 60% of British people experiencing one at some point in their life – including everything from acne to eczema. And yet, despite their commonality, new research from the British Skin Foundation has found that, in a survey, more than half of those with a skin disease felt judged by others because of it. Additionall

7 things the pandemic has taught us about ourselves

As formal national restrictions come to an end, seven people reflect on the things that the Covid-19 pandemic has taught them about themselves 1. Doing things on my terms It has taught me so much about how tiring commuting is, how much I enjoy having my evenings free (instead of teaching late yoga classes and commuting), and how healthy that has been for my relationship. It took a while to go online with all my yoga classes and clients, but am very happy and cherish the flexibility. I enjoy ti

Number of companies offering extended parental leave rises

New data has found that the number of jobs offering generous and extended parental leave has increased by 201% in the past three years Parental leave has the ability to unlock the workplace for women, boost equality at home, and fester stronger, happier family bonds. And while companies have a legal obligation to provide their employees with paid leave, job seekers are increasingly looking for organisations that go above and beyond – and now, new data shows that companies are taking note. The

Call for PMS leave to be implemented in UK workplaces

In a survey, 84% of women wanted to see PMS leave implemented by law in the UK Cripplling cramps, headache, backache, mood swings, fatigue, and bloating – not to mention the practicalities of dealing with a period – it’s safe to say that premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a lot to deal with. Add the demands of working on top of all that, and it’s easy to see how both productivity and wellbeing can suffer as a result. But now, a survey from menstrual care company Yoppie has revealed that 84% of wom

What is a vulnerability hangover?

We’re told getting things off our chest will make us feel better in the long run, but what should we do if we initially feel worse? Opening up and reaching out for support is a hugely important part of working through mental health problems – both big and small. And it can often bring a lot of relief as we lighten our mental load, and begin to see the steps in front of us as we navigate a way forward. But there are times when opening up can seem extremely exposing, leaving us feeling drained, e

Health service launches menopause training course for men

It’s hoped the free service will help involve husbands, partners, and co-workers in the conversation about menopause Usually occurring in women between the ages of 45 and 55, the menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to conceive. It’s a natural part of life, and yet it remains shrouded in mystery and misconceptions. In a bid to break down this stigma, health education service Menopause Experts is offering free training and resources for both men and women. The r

How to reintroduce joy into your wardrobe

Breathe life back into your closet and express yourself in new ways, without needing to hit the shops Understandably, many of us have got ourselves into a bit of a fashion rut over the past year. And who can blame us? With not much to do and no place to go, a ‘whatever’s clean’ approach makes sense. But fashion, and dressing in ways that ignite positivity and confidence in us, can play a big part in how we feel about ourselves – and now things are finally getting back to normal, it’s a tool we

Research reveals major gaps in mental health support for young people

With rigid thresholds for receiving specialist mental health care in place, children and young people are falling through the gaps When it comes to supporting those with mental health problems, early intervention is key to preventing escalation, and yet new findings from charities Young Minds and The Children’s Society have revealed that more than a quarter of young people struggling with their mental health don’t ask for help because they ‘don’t want to inconvenience anyone’ and 37% said they

Tips for creating positive change

Make your voice heard, and stand up for what you believe in, with these tips for creating positive change Most of us have a cause that we believe in – be that environmentalism, anti-racism, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, political activism, or, of course, standing up to mental health stigma – and in 2021 there are so many ways to make our voices heard. We can join rallies and demonstrations, connect with local groups within our communities, volunteer our time, take part in projects, or simply have c

What’s the difference between mental health and wellbeing?

These two terms have increased in popularity over the past decade, but what’s the difference? These days, we’re speaking about mental health and wellbeing more than we ever have before, and it’s making a real difference. One in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime, and so the more that we keep on talking about it, and challenging the stigma surrounding it, the better for all of us. As the conversation continues, you may have noticed certain buzz words that keep

A litmus paper for our minds: how skin tells our story

It’s time we took a fresh look at the relationship between our internal and external selves It’s made up of more than three million cells, renews itself every 28 days, and provides us with the sense of touch that keeps us safe and brings us pleasure, and yet we often give our skin a hard time. Of course, we do so because our skin is so much more than the literal organ that covers our bodies. Our skin is what we face the world with, and the world responds accordingly. Plus, considering how we’ve

What are the mental health benefits of yoga?

Stretching across both physical and mental benefits, yoga has a lot to offer us – so it’s time to break down barriers and invite everyone on to the mat Generally speaking, if something has been around for a long time without losing its spark, it’s safe to say there’s something special about it – and there’s something really special about yoga. Humans have been practising yoga for thousands of years, and, yet, every day, people are discovering its uplifting power for the first time, or in new an

Study shows how taking breaks helps us learn new skills

Forget ‘powering through’, new research suggests that regular short breaks can help us learn We’ve all been there. Deadlines are looming and there’s a million and one things on our to-do list, so we push through fatigue and brain fog until the job is done. But is ‘powering through’ really the best course of action when it comes to learning new skills? Anecdotally, many of us will be able to relate to how much better we feel when we take a break from something and come back with fresh eyes – an

How to find your authentic self

Get to know yourself, and begin living a more authentic life What does it mean to live an authentic life? And how do you know if you’re being authentically you? We all deal with certain pressures, to conform and compromise, from the people around us – our peers, partners, family, friends, employers, and society as a whole. And that’s not always a bad thing – being part of a community is an important and supportive part of life. The point at which it becomes a problem is if you feel as though t

Most women aren’t prepared for postpartum health, says study

From the physical to the emotional, a new study reveals that the majority of women did not feel prepared for postpartum health and recovery It goes without saying that new parenthood is a time of complete emotional and physical upheaval, particularly for mothers. And now, a new study from digital pregnancy and postpartum programme MUTU System has revealed that the majority of women report feeling unprepared for postpartum health, and did not have a recovery plan in place. The study of 3,349 UK

8 non-stereotypical Father’s Day gifts

We’re all individuals, with unique interests, passions, likes, and dislikes. And yet, when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, a lot of the offerings fall back on tired stereotypes. Now, we’re not saying that tools aren’t handy, or that scented shaving products aren’t a treat – but for dads who like something a little different, we’ve gathered together eight gifts that are as unique as they are. As many of us are striving to be more environmentally friendly, reusable cups are all the rage – and th

10 must-see mental health documentaries

Expand your mind with these touching, striking, and fascinating watches The mental health conversation has uncovered many vital topics over the past few years, with more and more voices sharing their personal experiences and diving into the way that it touches their own, and others’, lives. We fight stigma when we develop a better understanding of what each of us is going through, and approach the unknown with compassion and curiosity. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up 10 documentaries that
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