One of the great constants, despite what you read in the media is love.
We’re remarkably good at it.
Whether it’s building communities, supporting friends and neighbours or people running towards the danger when things go wrong, we are driven by an unceasing well of love and compassion for one another.
If you suffer from anxiety you’ll know that an attack can come at any time for seemingly no reason at all.
Triggers vary from person to person and the severity of the attack can be just as hard to pin down.
It also gets worse with stress.
From the moment our children enter the world they become (more or less) our top priority.
Even when they’re fully grown and have children of their own, most parents never truly stop worrying about them.
That worry only gets worse when we see our children struggling with low mood or anxiety.
The challenge for parents is that, as time goes on, we know less and less about our children. They naturally become more independent and begin to keep secrets. It’s not malicious; it’s just part of growing up.
Learning disabilities take on many forms with varying degrees of severity.
They present differing challenges to those who experience them and therefore need varying levels of support.
When identified correctly, an individual is able to live their lives the way they choose when provided the right support.
All too often there have been instances of individuals living their entire lives believing themselves to be ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’ only to find that they had a learning disability.
Many of us have preconceptions about self-harm, most likely helped along by troubled teens in soap operas like Eastenders and Hollyoaks.
The character is usually either an ‘Emo’ or being bullied in so way so begins cutting themselves as a way of ‘taking back control’.
Whilst cutting or abrading the skin is a form of self-harm it’s vital to the wellbeing of you (or someone you’re worried about) that you’re aware that other forms of self-harm exist.
Being diagnosed with dementia can, to some, feel like the beginning of the end. For others it’s confirming what they already suspected but never wanted to admit.
Whatever their reaction, it will have a profound impact on how they live out the rest of their lives. However whilst many consider the practical elements of living with dementia – specifically living independently – there’s the emotional, psychological and social implications to consider as well.
Our mental health is a fragile thing. Our emotions are rooted in 5 core emotions that govern how respond to the world. Joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness blend together to create the sensations we experience on a day-to-day basis.
However, as in the case of the Disney Pixar movie: Inside Out, it’s possible for one emotion to override the others. Our Fear (anxiety) and Sadness (depression) can start to ride the controls and that’s when we get in to trouble.
We all need a break from time to time.
Whether it is 5 minutes away from your desk, a long weekend away or a two week holiday in the sun, a change is good. A rest is better.
If, however, you have a learning disability or care for someone with a learning disability, a break isn’t all that straight forward but can be needed more than most.
It’s a scary question.
It’s a scary question because it means admitting to yourself, and to others, that you might have mental health issues.
One of the greatest challenges facing any social care organisation is keeping records up to date.
It’s a never ending challenge ensuring a person’s support notes, medications, support plans and risk assessments are kept up to date. Manually written notes are all well and good but if there’s a delay in getting those notes added to that individuals record mistakes could be made.Whilst we have always had strict processes to safeguard against that happening, we’ve recognised that the risk exists.