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In Search of Happiness

How many of us put the happiness of others before our own needs? Most of us I expect. One of the elements of the Mental Health First Aid course is a Happiness Hour. A Happiness Hour is where you take a hour to yourself to look after yourself, to treat yourself kindly,...

One Year from Now Challenge

As many of you know, I go to great lengths to take care of my mental health. I also spend a lot of time helping other people to take care of their mental health too. Those of you who have worked with me or know me personally will also know that I am overweight. This...

Why Mental Health First Aid?

Mental health issues are a normal part of life.  In any one year approximately one in four people experience at least one diagnosable mental health issue and the World Health Organisation forecasts that by 2030, depression will be the single leading cause of the...

Three Litttle Words…

I love you.  Three little words.  Three little words that can have a profound effect on your body.  When whispered by someone you love, the brain releases huge doses of oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddle' hormone.  We also have dopamine, adrenaline and...