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World Mental Health Day 2016: Emotional and Psychological First Aid

October 10, 2016
Each year the  events for World Mental Health Day are focused around a different theme.  This year the theme is of Psychological First Aid (PFA) and hopes to raise awareness of the value of emotional and psychological supportive interventions during a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or serious incident.  The aim of this approach was to reduce the impact of these events and therefore reduce the chances of people developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  

The thinking behind Psychological First Aid has since been extended to encompass crisis support and encourage people to take care of their emotional health.  Courses in Emotional or Psychological First Aid are now much more widely available and aim to give people some tools to help them support another in the midst of the crisis situation.  I have created the graphic below to show some of the key themes around how this support can be achieved.


 

Healthy Morning Routines for Good Mental Health

June 2, 2016
Many people who experience issues with their mental health find morning times difficult.  This could be due to medication side effects, low mood or anxiety or a general lack of energy and motivation. Below are some ideas to help you to improve your morning times and establish healthier habits.



The foundations to getting a morning of to a good start are laid down in your night routine.  Getting to bed and asleep by a reasonable hour (ideally before midnight) will help to give you the energy yo...

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Seven Self Care Essentials For When You're Feeling Depressed

May 26, 2016
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, as many as 1 in 5 of us will experience depression during our lifetime.  Depression, in the medical sense, is not just feeling a bit low or sad from time to time.  This is very normal and we all experience some fluctuations in our moods over time. Depression is a condition where the person will experience persistent low mood over a period of time, for some it may be months or even years.

They may notice changes to their appetite, and consequenti...

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Five Quick Strategies That Can Help You Manage Exam Anxiety

May 19, 2016
As we approach the summer months many students will be preparing for exams.  Exams can be a source of great anxiety so learning to manage your anxiety in an exam situation will help you to perform your best. Below are some tips you can practice to help you manage exam nerves.


1. Breathing exercises
When you feel your anxiety levels rising take a few moments out to refocus on your breathing.  Place your hand on your tummy as this can help you feel more connected with your breath.  Inhale through...

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Tips for Writing a Formal Letter

May 10, 2016
There are a number of occasions where you may need to make formal contact with someone by writing.  You may be applying for a job, making a complaint, replying to a formal letter or requesting additional information or clarity on an issue. Below is a guide on how you can structure your letter.



Additionally aim to keep the language in your letter clear and objective.  Avoid making personal remarks or judgements.  If you do need to share how an experience left you feeling own those views using f...

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Making Sense of Facebook: A Beginners Guide

April 5, 2016

Facebook is the most popular of all the social media websites and applications available.  According to it’s own figures, over one billion people worldwide are active members of the site.  If you have just joined Facebook and you don’t yet know your way around the site or understand all the main features and language used on the site then this blog post hopes to make this a little clearer.  




The image above is a typical view you will see when you first log into your Facebook account.  This...


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Returning to Work After a Period of Mental Ill Health

March 29, 2016

According to the Office of Statistics common mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, and stress related illness have become some of the top causes of long term sickness.  
 The term 'stress related illness' is often used to describe issues such as burnout, exhaustion, depression and anxiety.  Taking time out from work can provide some respite but this can then lead to anxieties around returning to work. Below are some suggestions on managing the return to work after a spell of me...

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A Beginners Guide to Social Media

February 23, 2016
Social media has become an extremely popular way to keep in touch with friends, family and other contacts. It also provides a potential space for making new contacts and friends from around the world. There are lots of options which are targeted at different markets and work in slightly different ways. Rather than try to cover every option out there I have stuck to the three most popular.

Facebook


Facebook is one of the oldest of the social media platforms and it is the most popular worldwide b...

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Decluttering Tips: Items That You Can Recycle

January 25, 2016


Embarking on a task like decluttering can be an emotional experience.  We can form attachments to objects, sometimes long after they are useful to us, so letting them go can feel hard.  Often knowing that the items are going to a new home or will be put to a new use can make this process easier to manage. Below are some ideas and suggestions of ways of disposing of some hoarded or unwanted items.


Books
Books can be easy items to rehome, especially if they are in a good condition.  In this insta...

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A Quick Guide to Developing New Healthy Habits

January 12, 2016
The New Year can be a time for revisiting goals and setting new ones for the coming year.  Below are seven tips to help you to stay on track and ensure that your new habits become part of your regular routine.


1. Be smart
By smart, I mean, set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely.  For more information on this see my earlier blog post on goal setting.  

2. Action planning
If you imagine your goal as being the 'what' you'd like to achieve then your action pla...

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About Me


Katherine Clark I am experienced mental health worker with 15 years experience working with young people and adults with enduring mental health needs. I have set up this blog to share some of the tips and skills I have learnt along the way. If you have any suggestions or particular questions you would like me to answer feel free to email me at [email protected]







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