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Team Engagement in Mental health and Well-being Initiatives

Engagement is typically the biggest challenge for businesses when looking at mental health and well-being training and support. This is a huge focus for me and HHG as the last thing I want is to provide training, education and support that people don’t engage with or participate in! To make a difference to the people in your business and the business itself you need to first ensure engagement is established. […]

What is Stress?

Stress is our body’s response to pressure. When we encounter stress, our body produces stress hormones that trigger a fight or flight response which helps us respond quickly to dangerous situations. Stress is a feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with the event, situation, emotion or life happening. Stress is our body’s response to pressure, different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we […]

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Have you ever noticed that people tend to feel a bit more glum at this time of year? It’s getting colder, wetter and darker, and the general mood just seems to dip a bit before the boost of Christmas? Maybe you’ve even felt that way yourself, or are feeling it now. Did you know that feeling has a name? It’s called seasonal affective disorder, and it affects almost every person […]

Anger and Frustration

Let’s be honest, we’ve all felt anger at times. That boiling, roiling feeling inside that just seems to build and build, until eventually, it explodes out? Likewise, we’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to get something right, not being able to control something in our life, or of trying to teach someone something they seem just unable to grasp. They are some of the most relatable feelings […]

Mental Health Around The Holidays

Christmas is coming. And while for some the season brings festive cheer, laughter and happiness, for others it can be a real struggle. Christmas is a challenging time for a lot of people, for a lot of different reasons. They could have lost someone around this time of year. They could have a bad or strained relationship with their family, and seeing them all at Christmas causes a lot of […]

Do Your Hormones Affect Your Mental Health?

If you’ve ever met a teenager, you’ve likely encountered the result of rampant hormones before. When we go through adolescence our bodies change massively, and one of the things they do is start producing more adult levels of certain hormones. The typical mood swings experienced by teenagers are caused by fluctuations in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and can have a big impact on the way they think and feel, and […]

Caring for Carers

71% of carers have poor physical or mental health. Carers UK’s annual survey (2015) with over 5,000 carers across the UK revealed that 84% of carers feel more stressed, 78% feel more anxious and 55% reported that they suffered from depression as a result of their caring role, which was higher than findings in 2014. The top reasons people choose to work in care are – Rewarding Flexible hours Training […]

Mental Health – Children and Young People

For over a decade now mental health in young people has taken a steady decline and with the events of the last 18months, that steady decline has seen a sharp fall. We know that – 75% of all MH disorders start before the age of 24, and 50% before 18? The most common form of death in children between 10-19 years old is suicide? A recent research piece from Mind […]

Creating Habits in Your Team – Proximity, Convenience and Visibility

Making new healthy habits is tough, there are a lot of challenges to overcome with how your brain thinks about these new ‘difficult’ things, a fear of failure and the absence of instant rewards. There are lots of techniques and brain hacks to use when setting new habits and it is key that they are incorporated and clear in any plan created to help your teams create these habits as […]

Toxic Masculinity And Its Impact on Men’s Mental Health

When it comes to men’s mental health, there are still a lot of barriers. Mainly, this idea that all men should be masculine or even hyper-masculine, showing all of the traditional characteristics for a man. Things like being assertive, powerful, in control and courageous. Which are all good qualities. But in some cases, the idea of masculinity can become amplified, and this is known as toxic masculinity. In our modern […]

Intention, Culture, Plan

This is the start, the very beginning of change and where the positivity starts to be created. Here there is lots of energy and positivity, a lot of ideas and lateral thinking. But how do you navigate the excitement to ensure the right plan is created, a plan and culture that will change the people involved for the better. That will provide them with knowledge, support and power over their […]

Why A Full Time Counsellor Might Not Be the Best Option for Your School?

Firstly, I want to be clear, I am not discouraging any type of mental health support you might be offering. All support is valid and necessary and having a counsellor in your school is a great step forward, after all only a few years ago this would not have been something that not so many offered. So, this is great progress BUT there needs to be more. Schools are under […]

Making Mental Health Fun!

Mental health is a hot topic, and a very serious topic which is why it is easy to get bogged down in the tough stuff but really, we need to start to have fun with this. Why? Well, to start with ask yourself….. Do you want to make improvements that are serious, dull or scary? No, of course not and it doesn’t need to be this way. Not only that […]

Why a Good Night’s Sleep is so Important.

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, and we have all experienced what it feels like after a bad night. And if I were to ask you why this is important you would probably say it is to recharge our batteries. But what does “recharging our batteries” actually mean? There are many reasons why we need to sleep, because if we don’t get enough it affects […]

Emotions

Everyone feels emotions. Happiness, sadness, excitement, fear, nervousness – these are all emotions that tell us something about what’s going on, either in our body, our mind, or in the world around us. But while emotions are normal, they are something we have to learn how to interpret, understand and manage. A lot of this work is done in childhood, but even as adults we can come across new feelings […]

Help For Teachers to Lead

Teachers have had a tough year to say the very least, they have been unsung heroes throughout this and as a parent myself I know that without good, passionate teachers leading and inspiring the next generations things would be difficult to manage! Most parents felt this when home schooling over the last year I am sure. The trouble is as a group of people they care, that’s why they do […]

The flight/fight response explained

When you desperately exclaim “I feel so scared” you’re not overreacting to a situation or imagining something that isn’t there. Scared is exactly how you feel. The physical symptoms such as headaches and other aches and pains, nausea and an upset stomach can be unbearable, but you are even more likely to feel the emotional symptoms…being unable to relax and feeling a sense of dread, feeling tense or nervous and wanting to run away from […]

Motivation

Frankly, you’re not human if you haven’t experienced a lack of motivation at some point in your life! Every time you’ve sat on the sofa and thought ‘I need to do X’, but not been able to summon up the energy to go and do it? Or even the ability to care about if it gets done? That’s a lack of motivation. And we know that the pandemic hasn’t helped […]

Self-Talk and Imposter Syndrome

What we say to ourselves and the beliefs we hold about our own abilities are often far worse than any feedback we may have been given by someone else. Many of us find ourselves dwelling for far too long when we’ve made a mistake or been given less than helpful feedback. This may result in us holding ourselves back and not making the most of opportunities that come our way. […]