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Fatherhood = everyday stories of struggle and joy

No sooner has Fathers’ Day come and gone (June 21st) then we turn, the very next day, to marking International Fathers’ Mental Health Day (IFMHD). This day has now been up and running for the last few years. Like so many of these celebratory days I fear it may get overlooked amid the daily blizzard […]

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What’s causing the growth of poor mental health in young people? One Headteacher’s viewpoint

I’ve worked in Education for 30 years, first as a Geography teacher and then as Headteacher at an Independent school in Guernsey and over the last 3 years at The King’s School in Chester. Having taught and worked with hundreds of children over that time for me there is no doubt that mental health issues […]

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When lockdown brings sanity

Commentators agree on two things: 1) The coronavirus pandemic is affecting poorer people more. 2) It’s causing a wave of mental health problems. How do these two observations intersect?  What is it like at this time to be struggling with poverty and Coronavirus measures and have a mental health problem?   Platform for Life, a […]

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Time for a different approach to mental health care?

We can’t fail to be aware of the mental health crisis in the UK at the moment- in any given year 10% of children under the age of 16 and 25% of adults will experience mental health problems. Our newspapers are full of stories about mental health services under pressure and individuals waiting months and […]

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Poor mental health: there’s a lot of it about!

A medical or social problem? What causes the common mental health problems?  You’d think you might hear more about this in the media.  The vast majority of spending on mental health goes to the medical profession, so let’s start there – they should know.  Funnily enough, there’s no consistent message coming from this quarter.  A […]

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