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Pay it forward

We talk a lot about interventions to improve people’s mental health. At Headspace Guildford we see lots of people struggling with their mental health. Here’s an intervention you don’t need a doctorate to administer. Once I was in a cold car park in the rain (bear with me…). Armed with my bank card and my […]

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A little more kindness in the world…

…would go a long way. Mostly, people are just trying to make their way in the world. Nobody’s got it all figured out. People mess up and don’t always get things right, but their actions are rarely actively malevolent. So if we want to make the world a better place here are some things we […]

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Am I going crazy? Thoughts for tough days

Sometimes life feels pretty difficult. With all that going on it can feel like you are going crazy. Sometimes when people feel really low they might be thinking about or have already hurt themselves. Or perhaps having difficulties with eating or thoughts about food. Or perhaps not being able to sleep. All of these things […]

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Self Care: Permission to be nice to yourself

Self care sometimes gets ignored as fluffy mumbo jumbo, or else just seems a little too self indulgent when you’ve got so much other stuff going on. However looking after yourself is crucial if you want to be happy, successful and be nice to others. Plus, it’s just nice to be nice to yourself. Now, […]

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Crawl if you have to…

One of my friends is having a tough time at the moment. It’s something I can’t change. I can’t make the situation any easier for her. And she is just having to endure it. It feels horrible for her and I am struggling to know how to best help her. One of the things I’ve […]

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Savouring the little things: A day in the life of a parent

You are woken at 5am. You manage to settle your little one and crawl back to bed. It’s getting light and you can’t sleep. You sit up in bed and go through email on your phone until it’s time to get up and shower before the children are awake and meeting any of your own […]

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Would I still be me? Language and Difficult experiences

Recently one of the young people I see here at Headspace Guildford asked me ‘Would I still be me if I grew up speaking a different language?” It’s a really good question. What is the essence of us? What makes us who we are, with all the joys and struggles we experience on a daily/weekly/monthly/yearly […]

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Growing up: Not the best years of your life?

It’s tough growing up. For some children and young people it’s really tough. Made harder when people tell you that “School years are the best years of your life”. Here are some reasons why if you’re a parent you shouldn’t say this and if you’re a young person you should read on and hang in […]

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Your leg bone’s connected to your…brain?

We now know so much more about the way our physical health and mental health are intertwined. Look at the fact that when you are stressed and run-down that you are more likely to get a cold or the flu – your body has a poorer immune response when you are stressed, meaning fighting bugs […]

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Some things are worth getting angry for

The physical/mental divide – how is it that this remains in the 21st century? Nick clegg talked about it during his election campaign. He highlighted the disparity there is between funding for Physical Health and that for Mental Health Provision. He’s absolutely right, too – given that more than a third of GP consultations are […]

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