‘It’s Christmastime. There’s no need to be afraid.

At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade…’

Those immortal lyrics from the original, 1984, release of Do They Know It’s Christmas is the opening of a song that reminds us all to spare a thought for those around the world less fortunate than us over the holiday season.

Trolling is nothing new.

For the uninitiated, trolls – as it names suggests – are members of social media communities who go out of their way to be unpleasant and generally hurtful (or trollish) towards other users. They delight in sowing misery and being generally unpleasant to people.

In the UK autism effects roughly 1 in 100 people.

It affects people of all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. It doesn’t make any distinction what-so-ever over who you are or the kind of upbringing you’ve had. The only discrimination it makes at all is autism is more common in men than women.

Recent findings have undermined the capabilities of many GPs in England as it has been found that just 46% have undertaken a training placement in mental health before qualifying.

Despite the act being banned, hundreds of children have been treated on psychiatric wards designed specifically for adult patients, a new report suggests.

It takes a special kind of person to work in our industry. We don’t just support people; we help them achieve their aspirations. We help them, in a very real way, change their lives and that’s no small thing.

Following the publishing of a recent report, new figures have suggested males are less likely to seek support for mental health issues than their female peers.

Sport has been shown to have profound benefits for people living with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression by reducing the levels of stress hormones found in our body and instigating the production of endorphins.

Naturally, this begs the question; could these same benefits apply to people living with learning disabilities?

Living with anxiety is kind of like being on a rollercoaster blindfolded. You know those moments of adrenalin fuelled panic are coming, you just don’t know when, how bad they will be or how long they will last.

For people living with learning disabilities, it can often be hard to maintain or even start a relationship as a result of the personal and social challenges many encounter.


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