Living well following a stroke

Strokes can affect people in many ways depending on what area of the brain has been affected. There can be physical, cognitive (thinking), communication and emotional issues that the stroke survivor and those close to them try to deal with. Common emotional issues following a stroke include, depression or low mood, anxiety, frustration and anger […]

Relationships

Having and maintaining positive relationships is vital to our overall well-being and mental health. Relationships are important for a number of reasons. For example they can; o Encourage personal growth – Positive relationships provide an environment that encourages you to grow and develop. o Provide support – Healthy relationships can feel like a source of […]

Parenting with a mental health difficulty

If you have a child who is affected by mental health issues, it can be very stressful and you may feel out of control at times. However, there are some specific self-help strategies that you can use to reduce your worry and to improve the emotional health of your child. Common mental health issues include […]

Men’s emotional health

Men often experience emotional distress differently to some women. Many people think that feeling sad or tearful is the main sign of depression but often this is not the case. Feeling angry, frustrated, having regular headaches, muscle pains or digestive problems are all common symptoms of low mood and for men, that’s often what they […]

Digestive conditions

There are many issues that people who have a chronic digestive condition have to deal with. You can experience many difficulties such as; On-going physical problems and pain such as bloating and discomfort Managing your medication Having to attend regular medical appointments Managing work and social activities, making time for regular breaks to the toilet […]

Communication and assertiveness

Communication allows us to make contact and exchange information with others. Effective communication is important because it influences all relationships (personal and work) and poor communication can lead to disputes, isolation & misunderstandings. There are 3 essential skills of good communication: listening to what the other person is saying, expressing what you think and feel […]