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Everyday Mindfulness

Every day, we experience thousands of thoughts per day. We think of our worries, memories, day-dreams, and reminders such as "I need to remember to drop into the shop after work to buy milk" or "I still need to buy Aunty Carol a present". Therefore, although technically we are present in our environment we are not always emotionally present. This c...
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Men's Health Week

This year, June 15th marked the start of Men's health week. This week is so important because the health status of males is typically poorer than that of females – and this goes for physical and mental health. Today I want to specifically focus on men's mental health. Did you know that men are less likely than women to actively engage with mental h...
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Train Track Metaphor for Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks

 Managing Anxiety/Coping with Panic Attacks using the Identify, Monitor, and Intervene Tool   Download PDF File Here
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The Court Case

When we are experiencing distressing thoughts, it can cause us to feel scared, upset, frustrated, or even angry. However, just because we experience a distressing thought, it does not always mean that it reflects the reality of the situation and it does not always mean the thought is true. That is why it can be helpful to reflect and find evidence ...
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Signs of Domestic Violence

The signs of domestic violence may not always be as obvious as you may think. That is because domestic violence is not always physical; abuse can also be financial, emotional, verbal, and sexual. Regardless, no one should have to experience abuse in his or her relationship and the first step is often coming to terms that the relationship may be abu...
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Values Card

Values are things that are important and meaningful to you in life. Its important not to think about what you 'should' value, but to think about what is truly important to YOU in life! A great way to do this, is by using value cards!     Download PDF File Here Image by Helloimmik from Unsplash 
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Gratitude Jar

​Starting a Gratitude Jar can be a great way of helping you see the positive things in life! When you are having a bad day it can also be a reminder of the things to be grateful for. Check out the worksheet below on starting your very own Gratitude Jar    Download PDF File Here Image from Unsplash by Milan Popovic 
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5 New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

New Year's Eve is a common time for people to make changes and resolutions to improve their life. If you want to make some positive changes to your wellbeing this year here are 5 resolutions to consider!   Download PDF File Here
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Peaceful Place (Imagery)

Imagery techniques are commonly used for a variety of reasons including helping people to relax, gain confidence, improve mood, reduce distress, gain insight and reflect, help overcome injury, and get a good amount of sleep. To begin with, try finding a comfortable and safe spot, which helps you feel relaxed. Ensure it is a quiet place and somewher...
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Being alone on Christmas

The popular stereotype of Christmas Day, where everyone is surrounded by family and friends, sitting at long tables of festive feasts or under the tree opening presents, is a stark contrast to the reality of many of us. For many people the holidays are the most difficult time of the year, and it is not uncommon to feel isolated or lonely during the...
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International Men's Day November 19th

This year's theme is about appropriate male role models for men and boys and changing what it means to be a "real man". Men face a unique challenge with their mental health – the perceived expectations that they be "real men" and conform to traditional masculine norms, being tough, not showing emotion, being a bread winner etc.Men who internalise s...
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'Reasons to Stay Alive' Book Review

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is a memoir about one man's battle with anxiety and depression. The book draws you in quickly with its easy-to-read style, and is as down-to-earth as humanly possible when writing about the toughest of subjects. Matt describes with brutal honestly his experiences with anxiety and depression, followed by a breakdow...
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MYTHS ABOUT BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Myth 1: People who have BPD are attention-seeking and manipulativePeople who have BPD are often viewed as being manipulative or attention-seeking. However, this is often not the case or intention. When someone is intentionally manipulative, the person deliberately seeks to manipulate someone else to gain what they want. However, a person with BPD o...
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Misconceptions About Mental Illness

There are many misconceptions and myths floating around about mental illness. As a result, discrimination is an obstacle that many people with a mental health condition are forced to face. At LETSS, we believe in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness. To do so, we have compiled an article on some of the commons myths surrounding menta...
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Getting help (without leaving the house)

When we're feeling emotionally unwell, it can be hard enough getting out of bed, let alone picking up the phone, booking a doctors' appointment, and attending it in person. Fortunately, in today's technological age, there are a variety of mental health supports available, many of which don't even require you to leave the house! While it is always a...
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Wellbeing Plans

If you are going through a difficult time, it can often be helpful to have a plan for those times when you are feeling alone or as though nothing can help. Having a safety or well-being plan helps you prepare for these times by having important information ready at hand such as who you can contact or a list of things that have helped you cope befor...
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Men and Mental Health

For anyone, talking about mental health concerns with someone else can be intimidating and difficult. However, in particular men who have been taught to be 'strong' and 'man up' and 'bottle up their emotions', can find it particularly daunting seeking mental health care services and resources. In fact, statistics have shown 1.On average, one in eig...
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The 54321 Technique (grounding exercise for panic attacks)

Panic attacks can feel scary and overwhelming, and we can often feel as though they are out of our control. However, grounding exercises are a simple yet useful technique to use to bring you back to the present and help you to realise you are safe and in control. Grounding techniques come in many different forms however this article will specifical...
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Although, the positive impact that fresh and nutritious food has on our physical body is well-known, the influence that healthy food has upon our mind is much less acknowledged. This article will discuss some foods that can help to improve your mental well-being and health, and how you can incorporate them into your lifestyle. 1. Leafy greensAccord...
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