Why is counselling such an important part of treating depression?

Depression now affects approximately a quarter of the UK population in the course of a year. Mixed anxiety and depression is now the most common mental disorder in the UK, and depression alone affects 350 million people around the world.

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Women twice as likely to suffer from anxiety compared to men

Anxiety disorders are amongst the most common mental health problems with one in five adults in the UK affected by them.

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Drug driving arrests increase by 140% since new laws were introduced

New figures have revealed that the number of drug driving arrests has increased by 140% in the UK over the last 12 months.

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Treatment waiting times reach record high for eating disorder patients

Figures released by the NHS have revealed that people in England are waiting up to 182 days for treatment. Waiting times at mental health services for adults show wide variance depending on where in the country a person is situated. The average waiting time for an adult to receive treatment for an eating disorder can range from 20 days up to 6 months.

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Are workaholics putting themselves at risk of mental health disorders?

The results of a new study led experts to warn that workaholics are more prone to suffering from psychiatric disorders including ADHD, OCD, anxiety and depression.

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Healthy habits to adopt when going through addiction recovery

Addictions can take hold of people in a number of different ways. The addiction may be to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, the Internet or love; but, whichever it is, to boost the chances of recovery a person needs to adopt healthier lifestyle habits.

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Blanket ban on legal highs comes into force in the UK

As of the 26th of May 2016, new laws criminalising the production, distribution, sale and supply of legal highs have been introduced to the UK. Police will have the power to shut down any shops or online retailers who supply these products, seize and destroy any they find, and carry out searches on people, premises and vehicles.

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Drinking heavily at home has become a feature of British life

Researchers from the University of Sheffield have found that more Brits are drinking from the comfort of their homes than ever before.

Whilst affordability is a factor as the price of alcohol continues to increase, experts have warned that drinking at home leads to engagement in ‘higher risk drinking’.

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How to improve your relationships with others

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week this year is relationships. The Mental Health Foundation has chosen this topic in order to raise awareness to the general public about just how important relationships are for people’s mental health.

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Why are some people more prone to addiction?

Addiction is a very complicated subject and it’s something that scientists and psychologists are still trying to understand. What can be said is this: addiction does not discriminate – it can affect people of all ages, intelligence levels and backgrounds.

Despite the difficulty in ascribing exactly what makes some people more prone to addiction than others, countless studies have found that a combination of factors can play a part. Family background, environment, genetics, stress and personality traits can all make someone more likely to try drugs or alcohol in the first place, which makes them more likely to go on to develop an addiction.

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The facts about alcohol abuse in the UK

There is a proliferation of media articles concerning horror stories or studies on how much alcohol people should consume, but do we really have reason to be concerned or is it just media sensationalising?

It’s time to separate the facts from the fiction when it comes to alcohol abuse and its effects.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Mental Health Awareness Week will be taking place from the 16th - 22nd May 2016. This year, the theme is relationships and their impact on our wellbeing.

Experts and commentators strongly believe that relationships with loved ones are closely linked to mental health. It is because of this Mental Health Awareness Week wants to encourage people to place a greater emphasis on the quality of their relationships.

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Invictus Games hope to inspire those affected by mental illness

For 2016, the Invictus Games have placed a big emphasis on mental illness.

Taking place in Orlando, Florida from the 8th until the 12th of May, Prince Harry has actively spoken out about his hopes that the games may inspire those who have been affected by mental health conditions to seek help.

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How to spot the signs of addiction

An estimated two million people who live in the UK are battling an addiction. Despite advances in awareness and support available, misconceptions remain regarding addictions.

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The importance of a good work life balance

Research carried out by the mental health charity Mind has found that work causes the most stress in people’s lives.

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Why is cognitive behavioural therapy so effective?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a treatment that focuses on how a person’s thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect their feelings and behaviours, and teaches patients to develop the coping skills necessary to successfully deal with the issues they may be facing.

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Inside Life Works – Addiction & Mental Health Treatment Centre

This short video offers an exclusive insight into the range of mental health and addiction treatments available at Life Works in Woking, which is part of the Priory Group and the facility itself.

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Why family support can assist recovery

Moving past denial

For those who have a family member struggling with an addiction or a mental health problem, they may already be aware that familial support is invaluable. In cases of drug addiction, for example, many patients seek treatment as a direct result of positive family involvement and intervention.

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Why is self-harm on the rise amongst teenagers?

The 1st March 2016 marked Self-Injury Awareness Day. For nearly two decades it has raised awareness about the effects of self-harm and has been a significant factor in bringing it into the public consciousness.

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How to help someone addicted to alcohol

It’s estimated that 9% of men and 4% of women in the UK have a problem with alcohol. The effects of dealing with alcohol dependence are felt not just by the person directly, but also those around them, their friends and family.

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