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How to keep well this winter

Managing mental health during winter Winter is the time of the year when not only your physical health needs a lot of extra care and attention, but your mental health too. The days get shorter and darker, and we tend to stay indoors more and spend less time with our friends or in nature. As a […]

How to be more mindful

Mindfulness can sometimes be mistaken as a practice that requires a lot of time and effort. It is often confused with practices such as meditation, which can require a calm, quiet environment and focus. But mindfulness is more about a way of being than of doing. Mindfulness is, to put it simply, the act of being […]

kindness and mood

The Link Between Kindness and Mood

What is the link between kindness and mood? And does kindness really affect your mental health? In light of World Kindness Day on the 13th of November, we are going to explore these questions in this blog post. But first – what is kindness? Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others that is motivated by […]

shame and mental health

Shame and Mental Health

How relevant is shame to our mental health? My supervisor says that shame is at the core of all mental distress. Let that sink in. I think it’s a big statement. But from my experience and research for this article – I can’t disagree with it. So there’s a strong argument for all of us […]

Managing Health Anxiety

Top Tips for Managing Health Anxiety

What is Health Anxiety? Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, is a type of anxiety in which you spend an excessive amount of time worrying that you’re ill, or about to get ill, to the point that it starts to take over your life (NHS). However, there are ways to avoid this by managing health […]

depressive episode

How to Come Out of a Depressive Episode

We all have bad days. We all feel sad from time to time. We all go through rough patches in life. But when feelings of sadness, helplessness, worthlessness, or guilt are intense and persistent, or when they start to interfere with your day-to-day functioning, it might be indicating a more serious problem – a depressive […]

symptoms of trauma

Symptoms of Trauma

Why do some people recover naturally from trauma, but others don’t? Traumatic events are generally defined as events – both powerful and upsetting – that intrude into an individual’s life, affecting their psychological and/or physical well-being, and leading to trauma. Such events may be life-threatening, threatening either one’s own life or the life of a […]

feel lonely at college

How to Manage Feeling Lonely in College

Many students have been returning to college over the past month, and many may have just started college for the first time. Starting college can be a time full of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be lonely and stressful, as it comes with many large adjustments, changes in routine, and moving away from […]

school anxiety

­­How to Help Your Child With Anxiety About School

The back to school period has come and gone, and the excitement and novelty of this time of year has likely dwindled as children have settled back into the school term routine again. Now that the hustle and bustle of this period has died down, perhaps you are noticing that your child seems worried or […]

Caregivers of alzheimer's patients

Looking After Your Mental Health as a Caregiver of an Alzheimer’s Patient

*It is important to note that the following article is aimed at caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and their families only. Spectrum Mental Health does not offer services to those individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Caregiving for Alzheimer’s patients  Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease – or any other type of dementia – can be […]

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