What you need to know about postnatal depression

This past Mother’s Day was an occasion for mums to enjoy and celebrate. Whether it’s a time to be pampered, spoilt or receive a simple ‘thank-you’, Mother’s Day is a welcome reminder to mothers about how much they’re appreciated.

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The myths surrounding prescription drug addiction

The latest figures reveal that nearly half of all adults in the UK are regularly taking prescription drugs. Although this may be necessary for a number of legitimate health conditions, there are now more than a million people in this country who have become addicted to prescription medicines.

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Helping children with alcoholic parents

Statistics show one in five children in the UK today are living with a parent who has a problem with alcohol.

Despite the shocking statistics, children affected by parental alcohol problems remains a hidden topic. In a bid to change the recent Children of Alcoholics Week aims to raise awareness and reassure children that they are not alone and there is help and support available. The clearer the support pathways are to children and young adults, the better their future can be.

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Have mental health multi disorders become a part of modern living?

Mental health issues are becoming a part of life for an increasing amount of people in the UK, but what are multi disorders? Otherwise known as dual diagnosis or co-occurring conditions, this is when an individual experiences both a mental health problem and an addiction or behavioural health issue, for example an eating disorder.

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Can art therapy really help to improve our mental health?

What is art therapy used for?

Art therapies can be helpful when treating or learning to cope with all kinds of mental health conditions from anxiety and depression to addictions and eating disorders. They are generally used in addition to other treatment methods such as medication or counselling sessions.

Art therapy has been shown to be particularly helpful amongst those who feel distanced from their feelings or who find it too upsetting to talk about painful experiences.

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Is modern day living desensitising our feelings about love?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and even though shops and restaurants are doing everything they can to promote this celebration of love, for many of us it may go by with little or even no effort.

We may send a card or flowers but often through a sense of obligation rather than real romance. Is Valentine’s Day simply an old tradition that’s dying out or is modern day living desensitising us to love?

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Why are so many children suffering from anxiety?

Ideally childhood should be filled with fond memories; special days out with families, being excitable at Christmas and on birthdays, running around the playground with friends and jumping through the sprinkler on a hot summer’s day. Where childhood problems did not extend beyond how late we were allowed to stay up at night, which toy we should play with and how many sweets we were allowed to eat. Sadly, for many youngsters today’s childhood paints a very different picture.

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Make time to talk about mental health

More of us are affected by mental health conditions than ever before so banishing the stigma surrounding it is becoming increasingly important.

Many initiatives have been set up over the years in a bid to do just this and one particular campaign that is gaining momentum is Time to Talk Day. On the 4th of February, across the UK individuals were encouraged to get as many people talking about mental health as possible.

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Can Dry January help to better Britain’s drinking culture?

If you’re taking part in Dry January and are starting to feel the struggle, below are just a few of the reasons why starting the year alcohol-free is so good for you.

Saves money

Research carried out by MacMillan Cancer Support shows that the average Brit spends approximately £50,000 on alcohol in their lifetime. This works out at about £787 a year which is the equivalent of an extra holiday. If you need some motivation then remember that the longer you stay teetotal, the more money you’re saving.

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Top tips for looking after your mental health in the New Year

2016 is well and truly upon us now. This means that we’re all feeling energised and excited about all the amazing things we’re going to do and achieve in the coming year. At least that’s how we think we should be feeling and how we assume everyone else is feeling.

In reality, the New Year can actually be a very difficult time. We put so much pressure on ourselves to lose weight, exercise more, give up chocolate, be on time, save money, get a promotion - the list is endless. Although we mean well, all of this stress does nothing for our mental health and many people find themselves feeling depressed and anxious as a result.

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Kids Allowed To Try Alcohol Form Worse Drinking Habits

children and alcohol abuseChances are that almost everyone can remember their parents allowing them to try a little taste of an alcoholic beverage even at a very young age. Whilst most of us believe that this is perfectly harmless and perhaps even helps to prevent problem drinking because it makes alcohol less taboo, new research has found that this is not the case at all.

A study which was carried out in the US has found that children who have sipped alcohol by the age of 11 are five times more likely to have had a full drink by the time they’re 14. Furthermore, they’re also four times more likely to binge drink or get drunk compared to those who had never sampled alcohol before.

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How To Stay Sober Over Christmas

how to stay sober over the holidaysWhilst millions of us look forward to the endless parties and social occasions that Christmas so often brings, for anyone battling an alcohol addiction this can be an incredibly challenging time of year.

Whether this time of year makes you feel lonely, the financial pressures are getting to you or you feel left out watching everyone else enjoying their favourite tipple, here are some great tips to help stay sober over Christmas.

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MP Says More Help Needed To Help Those Affected By Alcohol

b2ap3_thumbnail_alcohol-addiction_20151222-144436_1.jpgEx-minister, Liam Byrne has called for more to be done to help children whose parents are classed as ‘hazardous drinkers’.

After speaking about his own experiences as a child, the Labour MP has urged that more needs to be done to tackle the taboo subject and help families whose lives are being damaged by alcohol abuse.

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Surviving Christmas With An Addiction To Drugs Or Alcohol

b2ap3_thumbnail_christmas-depression_20151221-103959_1.jpgPeople in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction often struggle over the holidays. It can feel like everything and everyone is pushing you to use. Life Works mental health professionals understand this and so we have put together a little list of do's and dont's for the holidays. This list is by no means comprehensive but it does give you some groundrules for staying sober this Christmas. Remember one of, if not the most important rule is do not isolate yourself. Isoaltion feeds addiction so locking yourself away during the Christmas season is not nesisarily the best option for recovery. If you would like to learn more about recovery check out the infographic. If you need addiction help please contact us today. 

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MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health part two

Christmas mental healthIt’s well publicised that Britain is experiencing a mental health crisis and that much more needs to be done about it. Here, the second part of our blog reveals some of the most shocking points to come from a three-hour debate amongst MPs about mental health in the UK.

Your postcode determines how quickly you will receive treatment. In some parts of the country, 100% of patients are seen within the government’s target time but in some of the worst-hit areas such as East Cheshire, the number of people who get help within the same timeframe is just 4.6%.

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MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health

mental health and governmentEarlier this month, MPs had a three-hour debate about the crisis of Britain’s mental health and perhaps unsurprisingly, some horrifying facts and statistics were delivered.

Three times more people commit suicide than are killed by cars. Labour MP Kevan Jones raised this point and said that the same amount of effort needs to go into attacking suicide rates in this county as we put into road safety campaigns.

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Reasons To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

alcohol addiction recovery at Christmas Christmas can be a very tempting time for alcoholics in recovery. There are drinks everywhere and for someone newly on the wagon, it may seen like the only way to celebrate is with alcohol. With that in mind, we put together a list of reasons not to drink. This is a basic list but it is a good start and an excelent motivational tool. Check out our list and then make your own. Look at all the reasons you have to stay sober, write them down and keep that list with you. When you are really struggling, sometimes seeing what you are fighting for can give you the strength you need to stay alcohol free. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction please contact Life Works for help. Have a merry Christmas from all of us at Life Works. 

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Prisons See Huge Increase In Legal High Addiction

drug addiction in prisonFollowing the publication of new data, a charity has warned that there has been an alarming seven-fold increase in the number of prisoners who have sought help for addiction to legal highs in the last year.

The Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt) revealed that between April and September 2015, 622 prisoners sought help for addiction to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) compared to just 87 in the same months in 2014. Concerns are also being raised about the distressing level of violence being witnessed behind bars as a result of this.

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One Third Of British Mums With Postnatal Depression Too Scared To Get Help

postnatal depression help for mothersA study carried out by Mumsnet and ITV News has revealed that almost a third (29%) of mums in Britain who have experienced postnatal depression were too scared to seek professional help.

The main reason new mums won’t seek help is because they don’t think their symptoms are bad enough to warrant medical help (81%). This was closely followed by 72% of respondents who sadly felt that they would be letting their family down by allowing themselves to get ill. Three quarters of those who wouldn’t seek help said that they were worried that if they did, it would raise concerns about their ability to care for their child.

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Surviving Christmas With An Eating Disorder Infographic

eating disorder helpEating disorders are some of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat simply because those in recovery can not avoide their triggers. Alcoholics can avoide drink, drug addicts can find places free of narcotics but everyone has to eat. With so much food available at the holidays, that can make recovering from an eating disorder very difficult. With that in mind, The counsellors at Life Works have some simple tips that can help people suffering from an ED get through the holidays safely and happily. While these are not a guarantee of success, following these 10 steps will give you the edge you need to stay in recovery and enjoy the holidays. If you need help with your ED please visit Life Works Eating Disorder Treatment Page

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