What is your relationship with food?

  I was sat in a coffee shop with my mum drinking a coffee and having a panini, when a young slender woman sat down behind us with her two young sons.  The boys asked her why she wasn’t eating anything. She swiftly replied, “mummy’s not hungry, I’ve already had...

It’s 2019, so why is mental health still a workplace taboo?

What’s the problem?   The economic cost of poor mental health in the workplace is between £33bn-£42bn each year· 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems lose their jobs each year.   Recently, businesses have started talking about, and addressing, mental...

Imposter Syndrome – what it is and how to overcome it!

Are you an imposter?   Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments. They have a persistent internalised fear of exposure as a “fraud.” Despite being competent, individuals convince themselves that they...

How to be Happy.

        “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln. We don’t all feel excited, happy, vibrant and full of life all the time. We don’t all feel valued at work. Sometimes life isn’t the rosy picture we’d like...

Self-confidence at Work

The way you feel about yourself and your self-confidence, impacts your happiness level. It can make life more or less stressful for you. If you trust your ability to handle difficult situations, you can see them as a challenge instead of as a threat. If you don’t...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been around for a long time. People know it under many different names. Previous terms for PTSD have included; ‘shell shock’ during WWI,. Also, ‘war neurosis’ during WWII, and ‘combat stress reaction’ during the...

Time to Talk About Education and Mental Health

THE PROBLEM When your children start school or university and are warned about mental health issues, you assume that the warnings and reminders of support are for other people, those who already have mental health issues, or who are already at risk. That might not be...

Facing empty nest

At this time of year many families are facing an issue they probably feel ill-equipped to handle – I know I do. Eventually all of us leave home but when older kids go to Uni it’s like a halfway stage in that they move some of their stuff but do not completely...

Maternal Mental Health

  Recently there has been a lot of attention in the media focused on women’s postnatal mental health.  Good mental health is hard to establish and maintain today without children, let alone throwing a newborn baby into the mix along with all the sleepless nights,...