It doesn’t have to be pills: it could be football

There is a growing view that as a society we medicalise too many problems. Loneliness and sadness are not necessarily mental health issues. Few people need medication for grief and bereavement. Repeat prescriptions for backache might not always be the best answer. Colds won’t be cured by antibiotics. Prevention, as ever, is better than cure. […]


Is your manager supportive about depression?

A new study shows that workers with depression whose managers find ways to talk to them about their mental health issues take fewer days off as sick leave. These conclusions come from a huge international study of 16,000 employees across 15 countries. They appear to show that in countries where managers tended to avoid talking […]


More exercise helps our emotional health – up to a point!

It is pretty widely known and accepted that taking some physical exercise can boost our sense of emotional well-being: stimulating the endorphins in the brain and all that. That would certainly be our experience as fully qualified counsellors working with clients in East Sussex. Now researchers in the US have done a huge study – […]


Women’s working hours, depression and relationships: what are the risks?

We know that the working environment is not easy for anyone, and particularly not for new working mothers. A new study suggests in fact that mothers who are either under-employed or over-employed are at greater risk of depression. These findings come from work by researchers as part of the “Growing up in Ireland” project in […]


Emotional health and the older person

Several recent studies have shone a light on emotional issues for older people, particularly around depression, loneliness and bereavement. These studies have raised questions about the availability of counselling for older people. Researchers in Amsterdam have shown that depression can last longer in older people. Although treatment is known to be effective in older people, […]


How does perfectionism affect our emotional well-being?

Are our perfectionist tendencies a strength or a weakness? Or a mixture of the two? There is a natural tendency in most of us to want to be as good as we can be, or to do our best. We set high standards for ourselves and can be disappointed if we fall short. But when […]


Why don’t we talk to workmates about mental health issues?

Apparently, we would rather talk to our colleagues about relationship issues, money problems and even sex, before we would raise the issue of our mental health with them. That’s one of the findings from a survey of over 2000 adults by Time to Change, the mental health campaigning group. This suggests that mental health is […]


Men, work and their mental health

New research from Mind, the leading mental health charity shows that men are twice as likely to have mental health problems due to their job, compared to their problems outside of work. These are part of the findings which have come out Mind’s innovative Workplace Wellbeing Index, with data drawn from some 15000 members of […]


Therapy and the older person: relaxing the stiff upper lip

Is that stiff upper lip really helping you? Or is it masking feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety which you are bottling up inside? But bottles under too much pressure can explode, just as repressed feelings can, often in unpredictable or inappropriate ways. Stiff upper lips have been in the news again recently: GPs have […]


Is it harder for older people to get mental health care?

All mental health services across the UK are under strain, with rising demand across the generation. But a couple of recent reports suggest that access to mental health care is even harder for older people, leading to accusations of ageism. Depression affects 22% of men and 28% of women aged over 65 in England, but […]


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