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Is your mind on automatic pilot?

by Anne McCann

Are you like a puppy darting from one activity to the next?   Are you tired of the constant commentary in your head? If so then why not try some Mindfulness? Mindfulness is taking control of your mind rather than allowing your mind to be in control of you.  Try this simple exercise for 2 […]

New Years Resolutions? Resolve not to make them.

by Roisin Bradley

The start of a new year seems like the perfect time to take stock and make some changes – that’s why so many of us feel compelled to make New Year’s Resolutions. However, research shows that while we often get off to a flying start, by early February almost 50 per cent of people who […]

World Mental Health Day

by Anne McCann

Founded by The World Health Organisation, World Mental Health Day is celebrated on October 10th every year in 150 countries. It aims to raise awareness of Mental Health issues and to promote access to Mental Health Education and Services. In Northern Ireland it is estimated that 1 in 4 people will encounter mental ill health […]

by Anne McCann

Mental Illness treatment must be on a level with Physical Health. The Coalition Government will seek to end the second class treatment of mental illness in the NHS by announcing new waiting time targets for those afflicted by common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. It is proposed that three-quarters of patients needing “talking […]

Spider Phobia

by Roisin Bradley

In recent weeks worried householders have been bombarding social media sites with images of unusually large spiders found in homes across Northern Ireland. This has fuelled fears that the long-legged creatures (the biggest have a 6inch leg span and can run at 30k per hour!) may be dangerous and has caused alarm among those with […]

Real Men ask for help

by Anne McCann

Men’s International Health is just finished. Did you know? Men live on average 5 years less than women Twice as many men die of skin cancer as women 72% of men admit to binge drinking However its not just men’s physical health which gives cause for concern: Northern Ireland has the highest suicide rate in […]

BEST FOOT FORWARD FOR MENTAL HEALTH

by Roisin Bradley

The Walk In My Shoes Campaign run by St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin highlights young peoples’ Mental Health issues and aims to reduce the stigma surrounding common difficulties such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, suicide and self-harm.   Campaign Ambassadors include U2’s Adam Clayton, Tiger Woods, Brian O’Driscoll, Michael Flatley, Lulu Guinness and Cecelia Ahern.   […]

MINDFUL EATING GIVES YOU ENERGY AND MAY HELP YOU LOOSE WEIGHT

by Roisin Bradley

While a lot of attention is paid to what we eat and how much we eat, we tend to neglect how we eat.  Often grabbing something on the go, eating at our desks or while driving, we tend to approach eating as a task – to be completed quickly and efficiently rather than an experience […]

Northern Ireland sees 20 per cent rise in Mental Health Referrals for children.

by Roisin Bradley

Since 2011, in Northern Ireland, 9000 young people under 18years have been referred for Mental Health Treatment.  Issues treated included depression, eating disorders, trauma and bereavement.   It can be difficult for parents to accept that a child may be suffering from a mental health issue and finding appropriate help is often stressful and confusing. […]

Self-help for Depression; Behavioural Activation

by Roisin Bradley

CBT Self- help for Depression Behavioral activation is a basic coping strategy that can have a tremendous effect on your mood. When people feel depressed, they may be less likely to do the things they enjoy or avoid other potentially pleasurable activities. A consequence of this is often a worsening of mood, feeling more detached from […]