An estimated 10% of youngsters in the UK have had an official diagnosis of a mental health condition. “The complexities of modern life add further cognitive strain and we are seeing a rise in these diagnoses,” says Professor Jo Williams from the University of Edinburgh. She has been researching the impact of pets on the […]
Mark Simmonds In September 2012, our 16-year-old daughter, Emily, entered sixth form at Aylesbury High School to begin her A-Levels. She was level-headed, sensible and talented at many things. A month or so later, my wife, Mel, approached me with a slightly worried look and said, ‘We need to talk about Em.’ She had been […]
Wendy’s Story Social media started negatively impacting my mental health when my second baby was around 2 weeks old, I was 25. There was an incident one day when I was bathing him, he rolled his face into the water and a few heartbeats passed before I noticed. My son was fine, a little shaken […]
Enchanted Forest by Michelle Roberton-Jones This guided meditation for children offers a chance to interact and really explore their imagination as they meet with Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Mo in the Enchanted Forest. The perfect meditation to develop young minds from Michelle Roberton-Jones.
Parenting Therapist Clinical psychologist Dr Genevieve von Lob says that we can learn to become more conscious, mindful parents. Although this generation of parents is the most self-aware, we have all learnt templates of parenting from the generations before us. Children are aware of the emotional issues we pass on and reflect them back to […]
Former Government Advisor on Mental Health Natasha Devon is a former advisor to the government on child mental health. She has personal experience of anxiety and eating disorders herself. Natasha would like to see a society where children are taught how to develop healthy habits that will stand them in good stead in the future. […]
Radio Host Broadcaster Mim Shaikh grew up with his mother suffering from severe mental health issues. It wasn’t until he went to school that he realised his family was different from others. However, today he feels this experience has helped him to become more sensitive and empathetic towards others going through mental pain. It’s also […]
BBC Radio 1Xtra & BBC Asian Network’s DJ, Mim Shaikh’s spoken word video details his mother’s mental health and the affect it’s had on his life. ‘I wrote this sincere and honest open ‘Letter To My Mother’ where I express my most honest thoughts and feelings towards our lacking relationship whilst growing up. This is […]