mental health

Parental influence

How Much Can We Blame On Our Parents?

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In the two months leading up to Christmas, I spent two days per week on placement at two psychiatric hospitals. This was part of of my psychotherapy training - giving me a fuller view of mental illness and our mental health system, whilst also helping me understand the limitations of psychotherapy. This blog outlines what I learned from my placements at two psychiatric hospitals.

What I Learned From My Placements At Two Psychiatric Hospitals

In the two months leading up to Christmas, I spent two days per week on placement at two psychiatric hospitals. This was part of of my psychotherapy training - giving me a fuller view of mental illness and our mental health system, whilst also helping me understand the limitations of psychotherapy. This blog outlines what I learned from my placements at two psychiatric hospitals.
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Male loneliness: my journey and the epidemic that is as harmful as heart disease

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Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic continues to bring challenges to our personal and social health, there is a hidden epidemic that is a harmful to men's health as heart disease. Loneliness: a taboo subject but one that we need to address urgently. In this blog, Paul explores the individual and social factors beneath loneliness, and shares his personal journey out of chronic loneliness.
alcohol

Alcohol: my uncomfortable journey and our societal addiction

Inspired by Louisa Young’s article on how society and media normalise our destructive habit of drinking, Paul Wolstenholme shares his uncomfortable relationship with alcohol. He recounts his journey from childhood trauma and abstinence to hedonistic binge-drinking, guilt, shame and emotional numbing, from breakdown to spiritual awakening and new behaviour…and a COVID-fuelled relapse.
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Virtual fundraising festival raises spirits and mental health awareness

With the extended lockdown leading many people to experience mental health issues and significant extra stress, Pathlight Ltd organised Thrive Hive Fest, an online festival to raise spirits and raise awareness of mental health issues. In the process, it raised over £900 for Mind, the mental health charity.
Man working at a computer at home

Working From Home: the Risks to Mental Health

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Up to 60% of UK employees are working from home during the pandemic. This brings many risks to our mental health, wellbeing and productivity. The boundaries between work and home life can become blurred, we may fall into unhelpful working habits and the lack of human contact can result in chronic loneliness. This blog explores these issues and suggests how we can avoid the the mental health risks of working from home.