News and Views

On this page I’ll be sharing some of the news, trends and services that have caught my attention, as well as my views on key topics.

An academic questionnaire on gender inequalities has discovered that teenage girls seem to sleep and exercise less than boys, and are three times more likely to have problems with their mental health. Carried out by BeeWell research project, the questionnaire spoke to almost 40,000 teenagers across the Great Manchester area, thought to be the largest […]

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Psychologists are warning that gender bias could be stopping women from getting a proper diagnosis of ADHD. The concern stems from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder being seen as something that only affects “naughty boys” and therefore is often dismissed as women’s problems or anxiety. This article from the BBC explains the issue and highlights some […]

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More and more counsellors (including myself) are now using online video channels to keep working with clients on a one-to-one basis. Lockdown meant for a while it was the only way that we could The key principles of counselling still apply, but there are other elements to consider when you move online. This guide shares […]

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If your counselling has moved to either telephone or online counselling due to the lockdown, you might be finding it a bit harder to connect with. This article by mental health writer Rebecca Morgan has some great tips to help make you feel more comfortable with telephone or online counselling, until we can resume meeting […]

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Have you found yourself walking into a room recently and then not being able to remember why? Or that your attention span is a lot shorter than it used to be? This article looks at the concept of ‘brain fog’, the impact it has on your mind, and how our recent isolation may have increased […]

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If you’ve had a bad day (or even a bad week), you may find yourself feeling low and a bit down.  And it can sometimes be hard to get yourself out of that mindset. The link below will give you some suggestions on how to lift your mood, including chocolate! Each suggestion is something that […]

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Being away at university can make you feel distant from family and friends at the best of times. But with Covid meaning we now have to do more and more things online, that feeling can be amplified. This article shares suggestions from students on how to help you cope. From setting routines to apps for […]

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The Covid 19 lockdown changed the way we live. Simple things like going out for a coffee or having a catch up with friends, were suddenly not an option. More and more aspects of life moved online, including therapy and counselling. It’s a very different experience, sharing your personal feelings and thoughts with someone online […]

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In these difficult times, making sure you look after your mental health isn’t always easy. Our normal way of life has been turned upside down, and it can be hard to keep up. But it is crucial that you do what you can to maintain your mental health. First Psychology have created a great resource […]

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With everyone now having to stay at home, the issue of how to study is a real one for recently returning students. This articles gives some simple suggestions from online students and tutors on how to get yourself set up and continue studying effectively away from campus. https://www.theguardian.com/education/2020/mar/26/how-to-study-at-home-during-coronavirus-by-online-students-and-tutors   Source: The Guardian

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