mental health

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Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

As winter approaches, doctors in Devon are reminding people that by practising self-care, they can help themselves and reduce the need to use busy NHS services.

Self-care involves helping people to better understand how to look after minor illnesses or long-term conditions, and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for...

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How Does Screen Time Really Affect Our Children?

If there’s one thing many of our little ones’ childhoods are defined by, it’s screen time. Even as recently as our own childhoods, we never had access to smartphones and tablets like our kids do.

We know that screen time comes with some disadvantages, but how is it really affecting our children?

This article will explore the true impact of too much screen time on young minds...

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From Divorce to Death: The dos and don’ts of having difficult conversations with kids

Legal and General partnered with Clinical Psychologist Dr Angharad Rudkin to explore the importance of having difficult conversations with children, including that about organ donation. Dr Rudkin discussed how to approach the conversation appropriately and provided some useful tips for parents wanting to engage their child in such conversations.

Important conversations to have with...
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More support for schools to tackle bullying

Schools across England to benefit from further specialist training to help pupils combat bullying

From: Department for Education and Will Quince MP

Published 16 November 2021

Thousands of schools in England are set to benefit from further support and training to help pupils combat bullying, learn to value each other’s differences, and improve wellbeing for staff.


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Life After Lockdown: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health

Life After Lockdown: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s mental health
  • Almost half (42.8%) of 11–16-year-olds feel that lockdown has made their life worse (NHS)
  • In 2020, one in six (16%) children aged 5 to 16 years were identified as having a probable mental disorder (NHS)
  • The global estimates of child and adolescent mental illness observed in the
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Kid-Friendly Outdoor Activities Proven To Boost Mental Health

  • The top child friendly activity for benefiting mental health is simply going to the park, with 24,000 average monthly searches
  • A scavenger hunt comes in second, with 12,100 monthly searches
  • Experts at Eden’s Gate provide tips on how to enjoy nature

Exercising outdoors, growing your own food and plants and being around animals can have lots of...

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New 'Life Skills Journal' launched by the Happy Confident Company

"Every household in the country should be sent one of these" STEPHEN DIXON, SKY NEWS

70% of adolescent mental health problems are not diagnosed early enough and 1 in 5 kids in the UK suffer from mental health issues in any given year.

With these figures rising year on year, we've teamed up with the highly-esteemed Psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos to develop a new, unique, fun, and...

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Targeted support for vulnerable young people in serious violence hotspots

Young people at risk of exploitation to be supported through 'taskforces' in 21 new areas

From: Department for Education and Vicky Ford MP

Vulnerable young people at risk of being drawn into crime or gangs will benefit from a funding boost to help them stay engaged with their education and out of harm.

Following commitments laid out in the Government’s Beating Crime...

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Rise in Pandemic-Related Eating Disorders In Young People


New research from Bupa UK shows how the pandemic has raised awareness of eating disorders in younger generations. Teenagers have turned to harmful coping mechanisms to manage their mental health during the pandemic, including controlling or restricting their food intake.

- 46% of...

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Local children’s author Rob Holmes visits primary schools and launches new mindfulness book for families. 

“This year sees the start of a mindfulness tour of South Devon Primary schools by local children’s author Rob Holmes.

Before embarking on his writing career, Rob was the co-founder of the very successful Gro Company children’s sleep company, featuring the Grobag and Gro-Clock.

After selling the business in 2013, Rob began a long sabbatical and started giving motivational...