I was asked to contribute to the new Jeremy Vine TV Show on Channel 5 about whether yelling or shouting at children is verbal abuse. We all lose the plot at times & lose our temper & end up shouting at our kids, but what is the difference between the odd shout & consistent verbal […]
In a special edition of Inside Out London, Tarah Welsh investigated the shocking truth behind an anti-epilepsy drug which has harmed thousands of children. She uncovers new medical evidence suggesting that birth defects caused by the drug could be passed down through generations of the same family. I am an Ambassador of the Charity FACSA […]
Paying The Price For Our Parental Panicking Anxiety and depression; even suicide is increasing and it’s all because children feel their sense of control over their lives has decreased according to Peter Gray, a psychologist at Boston College and author of ‘Free to Learn.’ His research links the rise of emotional and social disorders with […]
The first ever International Fathers’ Mental Health Day will take place on Monday 20th June 2016 to raise awareness of postnatal depression (PND), antenatal anxiety and childbirth trauma experienced by men. Mark Williams, who suffered all three after becoming a father and subsequently founded Fathers Reaching Out and Reaching Out Positive Mental Health explains: […]
Compassion, empathy & understanding start at an early age and they start with you, as parents, talking and teaching your children about all sorts of things including mental health. So I was interested to read about a new survey of more than 1,100 parents that found 55% hadn’t spoken about the subject of stress, anxiety, […]
I was greatly saddened to hear of the suicide of Robin Williams – a comic genius and a gracious and kind man. I loved him in Mork and Mindy and Mrs. Doubtfire. No one understands the silent battles people face behind their smiling eyes. Depression and despair are such common problems and I was asked […]
The number of children suffering from depression is on the rise and more needs to be done to care for them, according to health experts.
I read with alarm that there is a worrying rise in number of children suffering with depression as the NHS says nearly 80,000 in the UK are suffering from the mental illness NHS says children as young as five showing signs of depression Called for better care for children with mental illness and quicker diagnosis Experts say […]
Babies exposed to their mother’s stress hormone in the womb could be more likely to develop depression
Some people may be more likely to develop anxiety and depression because their mothers lacked a natural barrier to protect them from stress while they were in the womb. Scientists have discovered an enzyme present in the womb and in babies’ brains that appears to protect them from high levels of their mother’s stress hormone, […]
One in three teenagers have felt so depressed that they needed help, a Daybreak survey has revealed. For help and advice contact Young Minds.
One in three teenagers have felt so depressed that they needed help, a Daybreak survey has revealed. More than one in six of the 11 to 18-year-olds who admitted to feeling this kind of depression said it lasted a few months, with 15% of young people having to take time off school as a result. […]
As regular readers of my blog know I am currently going through a divorce after 21 years and I have been quite surprised how harrowing I have found it despite all my positive psychology and NLP Training. Here’s an interesting article in The Daily Mail and a new idea I had walking my dogs today ……. […]
I was really moved to watch a sporting hero of mine Freddie Flintoff talking about Depression – we need more people to open up and discuss this very real problem so people feel supported, nurtured and understood. Watch it here on BBC i player http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b019gbpk/Freddie_Flintoff_Hidden_Side_of_Sport/ Flintoff: Depression is crippling… I cried in front of my […]