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Suzy's Story: Depression - A Partner's Perspective.

Crying. That’s the first thing I remember about when Gary told me he thought he had Depression. It was August 2015 and he was driving home from work, pulled over and called me, crying from inside the car. When he got home, he told me that he often felt this way, unexplainably sad and angry and didn’t know why. I made him an appointment with the GP and within a few weeks, there it was, the diagnosis of “Severe Depression”. He was signed off work and given medication and referred to an online self help CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) course....

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How to get children to open up? Article by Dr Sarah Vohra.

Supporting your child to open up: TLC Worried about your child’s emotional or mental health? Not sure where to begin in even beginning to address things. Before you have ‘the conversation’, ask yourself these 3 key questions; an easy way to remember these is using the abbreviation TLC; T is for Time: is this the most appropriate time to have the conversation? L is for location: is this the most appropriate location to have the conversation? C is for Child: is this right way to talk to this child? Time of conversation The timing of your conversation is hugely important....

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Matthew's Story. A journey of mental health at school and the help from Anna Freud

We have been donating to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ Schools Outreach Service since 2017.  Please see an account of a real life case study below.  It's stories like this that helps you realise there are real people needing real help, and wonderful charities like Anna Freud are there for them.   In October 2017, when Matthew* joined the family group at school, he was struggling with his behaviour. Despite being highly intelligent, funny, and thoughtful, he found it hard to listen to his parents and teachers. He was impulsive and called out in lessons. In the playground things were...

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It's OK - Heather's story

“Pull yourself together, the kids will see you” “Don’t cry in front of the children” “Come on, you’re a parent - you’re supposed to be the strong one”. Ever been told something like this? Ever told YOURSELF something like this? Well, I’m calling bullsh*t on every phrase with a similar sentiment.  I say this because as a parent myself, those phrases plagued my internal dialogue for years. I felt the pressure to be 'okay' all the time.  And because no-one can be okay all the time and I'm a wear-your-heart-on-your-sleeve kind of gal, I’d inevitably explode/implode/melt into a puddle of hot mess...

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