Psychology

Covid unemployment will have ‘profound effect’ on public mental health

If you’re facing job concerns that are affecting your mental health because of the pandemic, you’re not alone With  the UK unemployment rate rising according to the latest figures from the ONS, a new report warns that unemployment and job uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic will have a profound effect on mental health across the UK. There are now calls for sustained government action in the Budget next week to help protect people from these effects. The Mental Health Foundation is calling on both local and national government to put practical and emotional support in place for the hundreds of […]

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Martin Robinson: My journey through modern masculinity

Founder of The Book of Man Martin Robinson rejoins Happiful’s podcast to talk about his new book, self exploration and what it really means to be an entrepreneur Editor, journalist and founder of The Book of Man Martin Robinson returns to Happiful’s podcast two years after his first interview, to talk about BOM and his own journey of exploration while writing You Are Not the Man You are Supposed to Be: Into the Chaos of Modern Masculinity. Martin on… The Book of Man The Book of Man is about masculinity and looks at all the issues facing men today. We […]

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Samantha Bennington: For the greater good

The author, entertainment entrepreneur, and life coach opens up about her memoir – Falling Love Notes – her experience with grief, misconceptions about being an adoptee, and why she wants to reach others with her story Hi Samantha! What inspired you to tell your story with Falling Love Notes? I’ve always wanted to share my journey and to give tools to anyone going through difficult scenarios. If my life journey can help at least one person – and hopefully many more – get through difficult times, that is my inspiration. Ultimately, I want to connect with other human beings and […]

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The sober experiment: Alex and Lisa's story

Having grown up in their parents’ pubs, best friends Alex and Lisa were used to being around people who drank regularly. It was normal. But sometimes we can’t see the impact alcohol is having on us when everyone around us is drinking as well… I met my best friend Lisa in the early 1990s when I was 13, and Lisa was 12. My dad was an entertainer on the pub and club scene, and he and my mum had owned pubs for most of my childhood. My dad drank heavily, but he functioned normally. Lisa’s stepdad was good friends with […]

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New mental health hubs for traumatised NHS staff

Dozens of mental health hubs are being set up across England to help traumatised NHS staff struggling with their mental health, after treating patients in the COVID-19 pandemic NHS personnel are encouraged to ring one of the new hubs if they are struggling and will receive advice and referral support from psychologists, therapists, recovery workers and mental health nurses. Hub staff will also call personnel deemed at higher risk directly to offer assistance. Staff that are deemed higher risk are likely to include those working on COVID wards, A&E units and intensive care (ICU). The roll out of these hubs […]

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Decluttering tips for low periods

With help from a decluttering expert, we explore tips for tackling mess when you’re going through a difficult time When we’re going through periods of low mood and depression, it can be easy to let clutter build up in our homes to the point where it becomes overwhelming. As our motivation wavers and things start to slip, we can get caught in a clutter cycle – our mood only made worse by our chaotic environment. Here, decluttering expert Dilly Carter explores five tips for breaking the cycle and creating a soothing environment: 1. Create a corner of calm It’s important […]

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12 things you didn’t know could be symptoms of depression

Sometimes, depression can creep up on us in unexpected and subtle ways. Did you know about these unusual symptoms? Depression is one of the most prominent mental health conditions worldwide, and it’s likely that if you haven’t experienced it yourself, someone close to you has. For some, depression can be something that affects them in the short-term, following a distressing event or a loss, while for others it can stay with them for long periods of time, becoming something that they live alongside.When it comes to mental health conditions, while we may experience them different ways, there are often some […]

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Building back up after burnout with Leanne Pero

Award-winning entrepreneur Leanne Pero has been working solidly for the past 20 years while also living with the aftermath of cancer and childhood abuse. Here, she shares how burnout signalled to her that it was time to stop, re-evaluate, and start prioritising her own mental health Leanne Pero is an award-winning entrepreneur, founder of Black Women Rising, and a cancer survivor – and she’s burnt out. Truly burnt out. This, she says, is the side of survivorship and advocacy that’s very rarely written about, and she wants to share the impact it has on her mental health in the hope […]

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10 concentration-boosting songs to play while you work

Get in the zone with these tracks from across the genres We’ve all be there, your to-do list is sitting untouched while your mind wanders and brain fog descends. You need to get your head in the game, but how? Music has the ability to both soothe and energise us, and can have a real effect on our mood and mindset – it can also help make tedious tasks fly by. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together 10 of our favourite songs across the genres to put on in the background while you work. 1. Ludovico Einaudi, ‘Nuvole Bianche’ […]

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Feel-good stories you might have missed this February

Overwhelmed by bad news? We’ve gathered together some feel-good stories, highlighting the weird and the wonderful 1. You can now gift a tree, and even watch it grow We’re all trying to be a bit more aware of the world around us, and the ways that we’re able to make a difference to tackle global climate change. That said, so often we adopt different habits to try to help out, but we’re not always sure of the effect that these actions could be having – until now. With the aim of helping people understand how they can help the world […]

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