How To Tell People You Have Depression Part Two

depression helpOnce you have made the decision to confide in your loved ones that you are suffering from depression, the next step is actually communicating with them but what’s the most effective way of doing this?

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How To Tell People You Have Depression

depression treatmentMaking the decision to tell your friends, family or work colleagues that you’re suffering from depression is a big step. Not only is it difficult to let people in during this troubling time, sadly, there are still many misconceptions about mental illness and the last thing we want is to feel stigmatised because of it.

Opening up about your illness is one of the most effective steps towards coping and recovery however so here are some great ways to help you talk about it.

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Children As Young As Five Treated For Depression

children suffer from depressionNew figures have revealed that children as young as five are being treated for anxiety and depression in Sussex. Over a one year period, there were almost 3,000 referrals to specialist health services involving children and teenagers which has sparked concerns about the impact that modern life is having on the mental health of young people.

Nearly 500 more cases were reported up to April 2014 compared to the year before and some of the most common issues included separation anxiety, general anxiety, problems dealing with social situations, avoiding going out, depression and low mood.

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Experts Warn That Harmful Drinking Is A Middle Class Phenomenon

middle class drinkingFor a very long time, heavy and binge drinking has been associated with teenagers and the lower classes. Experts have sent out a stark warning however that it’s the wealthy over-50s who are doing the most damage to their health by drinking far too much.

Adding to this concern is the fact that it is a hidden health and social problem because on the outside, most wealthy middle-class people appear to be fit and healthy because they eat well and exercise regularly. They are however far more likely to drink too much compared to their less successful peers but the damage goes unnoticed because they are well presented.

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How To Have A Sober Social Life

living soberWhether you’re a recovering alcoholic, on a health kick, pregnant or you simply prefer to be tee-total, social occasions can feel like such hard work. Not only is there constant temptation all around you, but persuading other drinkers that you don’t want an alcoholic beverage is a common frustration. Here are some great tips for how you can still have a great social life whilst staying sober.

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Suicide Rates Rise Among Men With Mental Health Problems

suicide among menA report that was carried out by the University of Manchester has revealed that suicide rates amongst male mental health patients has risen by almost a third in the last decade.

The biggest increases were witnessed in men aged between 45 and 54 where the number of deaths has risen by a staggering 73% since 2006. Experts believe that one of the main causes of this is because men are very reluctant and almost feel ashamed about speaking about their health and wellbeing.

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The State Of The UKs Mental Health

Mental health in the UKNearly 10 million adults in the UK are being diagnosed with at least one mental health problem every single year. With that equating to an incredible one in four of us, it makes psychiatric treatment one of the biggest issues affecting society today.

The figures, which come from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also estimate that one in 10 children aged between five and 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Of these, 6% have a conduct or behavioural problem, 3% have been diagnosed with anxiety and 1% with depression. Some of the other conditions amongst children include autism, tics and eating problems.

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The Effect That Each Drink Has On The Body

drinking and the bodyWhether it has been a long and stressful day at work or you have met up with friends for a night out, many people enjoy an alcoholic beverage. With each drink you have however, what exactly is happening to your body and mind?

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The Mental Health Of New Mums Continues To Go Unaddressed

Mothers and depressionIn recent years, perinatal mental health has been recognised as a major public health concern. Many researchers and healthcare professionals have highlighted the impact of mental health problems during the perinatal period and the need for more support to new mums and their families.

The perinatal period extends from when pregnancy begins right up until the first year after the baby is born and people will no doubt be more familiar with the term, postnatal depression. Despite the fact that this now affects one in seven women, very little is still being done about it.

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Scientists Discover Binge Eating Gene In Teenagers

teen binge eatingResearchers at University College London (UCL)’s Institute of Child Health believe that they have discovered a gene that may explain why some teenagers binge on food.

A study was conducted and the results revealed that those who had a particular variation in the FTO locus were 20% more likely to binge eat. Interestingly, the trait was particularly prominent in girls as they were 30% more likely to binge eat if they had the variation.

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Ways To Relax Without Alcohol

ways to avoid drinkingMany people choose to drink during the summer which can make it hard for people in recovery. It is important to have coping strtategies and alternative activities available to help deal with cravings and to prevent relapse. With that in mind, we came up with this infographic. It gives some simple tips on how to avoid a craving for anyone in recovery or someone just trying to cut down on their drinking. This is not a complete list so if you have your own suggestions, please share them with us at our Facebook page. If you need help with alcohol abuse, you can contact us today. 

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Anxious Children Suffer From Eating Disorders

eating disorders and childrenWith more pressure than ever to achieve body perfection, concern is growing about the impact this is having on young children.

Whilst unrealistic expectations have existed since the dawn of newspapers, magazines, television and advertising, the Internet has further accelerated these feelings and the outcome is very concerning.

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Ryanair Bans Duty Free Alcohol on Flights to Ibiza

alcohol on a planeIn a bid to improve the comfort and safety of their passengers and crew, Ryanair has banned duty-free alcohol on all of their UK to Ibiza flights.

The airline has informed travelers that any alcohol purchased after security checks will have to be placed in hold luggage or be disposed of at the departure gate and all bags will be searched prior to boarding. Furthermore, any customers showing signs of anti-social behaviour or who attempt to conceal alcohol, will be denied travel without refund or compensation.

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Survey Reveals Fewer Children Are Smoking Using Alcohol Or Taking Drugs

teen drinkingFigures which have just been released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show a positive improvement in the relationship between young children and toxic substances.

The data shows that the number of children who are trying smoking has dropped to the lowest levels on record and in fact, more have tried e-cigarettes than actual tobacco. Only 18% of youngsters today say that they have tried cigarettes whereas just over a decade ago in 2003, this figure was a whopping 42%.

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The impact that alcohol advertising has on children

alcohol addiction Although many factors (including parents, friends and the media) influence an underage person’s drinking decisions, research continues to show that advertising and marketing also play a huge part.

Evidence from long-term studies have specifically revealed that greater exposure to alcohol advertising contributes to an increase in drinking amongst underage children. For each individual advert that a young person saw (above the monthly youth average of 23), he or she was found to drink 1% more.

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Understanding Alcohol Addiction Through Quotes

alcohol addiction quotesLife Works has compiled a list of some of the best quotes describing alcohol addiction, alcohol addicts and the challenges faced by someone with a drinking problem. Please feel free to share your own favourite alcohol addiction related quotes with us on Facebook. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, you can contact us for help today. 

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What Is Binge Drinking And How Does It Affect You

binge drinkingWhether we’re sharing a bottle of wine with our partner, enjoying a few beers in front of the football or are out on the town enjoying cocktails with friends, few of us realise that we’re subjecting our bodies to binge drinking.

The definition of binge drinking according to the NHS is drinking more than double the lower risk guidelines for alcohol in one session. For men, this is 3 - 4 units per day (one and a half pints of 4% beer) and for women it’s 2 - 3 units which is the equivalent of one 175ml glass of wine.

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Drinking Myths Debunked

alcohol mythsAlcohol is a curious thing. Millions of people drink it, it is a billion dollar industry and we have a wealth of scientific studies about it, yet it is still surrounded by persistant myths. To help bust some of those myths, we have created an infographic showing the myths and realities of alcohol. If you would like to know more about alcohol, please check out our alcohol knowledge centre

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Wealthy Middle Class Have Serious Drink Problem

alcohol and over 50sWealthy middle class people over 50 have a serious drinking problem according to new research. A study has found that men and women who have done well in their careers and are over 50 drink far more than the recommended guidelines.

The study looked at 9,000 people over 60 years old and found that men and women with good educations, high salaries and children who had left home were significantly more likely to drink dangerously. Men in this group drank an average of 21 units per week and women drank 14 units per week. That works out to nine pints of beer and one and a half bottles of wine respectively.

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App Raises Awareness For Morning After Drink Driving

drinking appAlthough the number of people driving home intoxicated after a night at the pub continues to fall, one in five drivers admit to getting into their car the next morning even though they can still feel the effects of the previous nights session.

Whilst some are aware that they probably shouldn’t be on the road, an even higher percentage are getting into their car without even realising that there’s a possibility that they could still be over the limit.

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