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What is anxiety? (and what helps)

In 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the U.K. In England women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders as men. But what is it and what can we do about it? Anxiety can be confused with worry but it’s often more intense, a feeling as if something really bad …

Mindfulness and Pregnancy

Mindfulness for Mums – Relaxation Classes for mums and mums-to-be I was delighted to read in The Guardian recently that a new initiative by the NSPCC has been established to support parents’ mental health during pregnancy and the year following the birth of their child. Recent research reported in The Telegraph suggests that as many …

What makes you sparkle?

I recently exhibited at a Mind, Body and Soul fair, locally. One of the things I love about these events is how peaceful, calm and serene they often are. It’s as if you step into another world, a place of tranquility for a couple of days, leaving the hustle and bustle of busy-ness behind you.  …

Workshops and Events

Did you know according to Time to Change, 95% of people feeling sick with stress, will phone in sick with another reason (like headaches or stomach upsets)?  For training on mental health awareness, get in touch. This page includes training and events I offer. Book a Speaker If you’re hosting an event and would like me …

Mental Health in Pregnancy

Poor Mental Health in pregnancy affects at least one in three women. Many people have heard about post-natal depression, but there is another mental health concern which recent research suggests now affects as many as one in three pregnant women.  When I first set up my dedicated resource for depression in pregnancy in 2004, the figure was thought to be …

Fitting out (for when you absolutely don’t fit in)

I remember back at school, standing in the playground talking about dreams (the adventures you have whilst you’re asleep, not your hopes for the future) and my friends looking at me as if, well, I was off my trolley.  You see in my house growing up, it was completely normal to talk about dreams.  It …