Understanding mental health conditions

Dealing with a mental health condition can be a long and difficult journey, requiring understanding not only about the condition itself but also on what you can do to help yourself and others. Before starting your journey, why not complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses, and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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Mental health | Maternal mental health | Low mood | Depression | Anxiety | Panic disorder | Bipolar disorder | PTSD | OCD | Borderline personality disorder |Schizophrenia

Mental health

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    Finding support for mental health issues

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    If you have found it difficult to access mental health services in your local area, this article explores some of the options that are available to you.

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    How to talk to your GP about your mental health

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    If you’re feeling worried about speaking to your GP about your mental health, here are some tips to prepare for your appointment. 

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    Frank and Rachel Bruno talk about mental health

    In this heartwarming video, Frank Bruno MBE talks with his daughter Rachel about their family’s journey through mental illness. 

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    Biggest fight of my life – Frank Bruno

    Frank Bruno MBE opens up to University of Reading students about his fight against mental health, and the power of activity and discipline, in an event to mark University Mental Health Day. 

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    Mental health awareness - course

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    This Mental Health Awareness e-learning module will examine the increasing prevalence of mental health issues, including common types of illness and the symptoms of psychosis.

Maternal mental health

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    Perinatal depression

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    Pregnancy can be an exciting and happy time but for some women, perinatal depression can make the experience very challenging. Affecting up to 20% of expectant mums, this form of depression is serious and debilitating but help is available.

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    Postnatal depression

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    Welcoming a new baby can be one of the most exciting times in a person’s life but for some women, struggling with their mental health can mean that it’s not as enjoyable as it could be. Postnatal depression affects about 10% of new mums and it’s important to know where to get help if you’re affected.

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    The baby blues

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    About 80% of new mums experience the baby blues. While it’s a difficult experience, symptoms tend to lift within 14 days of giving birth. Learn what signs to look out for.

Low mood

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    Understanding low mood

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    Feeling low from time to time is a part of life, and we’ve all experienced periods of sadness, upset, and disappointment at some point in our lives. Low mood can be distressing, but there are things we can all do to recover and return to our usual routines.

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    Your wellbeing assessment

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    Complete our short wellbeing assessment which will provide you with a personalised wellbeing rating based on your responses and will assist you in identifying the help that might be available to support your mental wellbeing.

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    Low mood

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    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour.

Depression

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    How to manage depression

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    This article offers general information on depression and some of the ways you might choose to access support and manage your condition.

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    Learning to live with depression

    Jake, who is 31 and lives with depression, shares his insights into living with depression and how connecting to and opening up to a wide online community has helped him.

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    I had a black dog, his name was depression

    Millions of people around the world live with depression. In this short animated video and in collaboration with the World Health Organisation Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the “black dog of depression”.

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    Living with a black dog

    Millions of people around the world live with depression. Produced by writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone in collaboration with WHO, this video is a guide for partners, carers and sufferers of depression.

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    Loving and supporting someone with depression

    Julia Christina talks about loving someone with depression, and shares some meaningful insights and tips of what you can do to help and support them.

Anxiety

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    Managing anxiety in testing times

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    The events of 2020 have for many people been a turning point in their lives, joining people around the world as a collective for the first time in generations. For some, this change brings feelings of anxiety. If you are feeling anxious, we have collated some resources to support you.

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    Managing health anxiety

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    Health anxiety is an unfounded, sometimes all-consuming worry about having, or developing, a serious medical condition. Learn about managing health anxiety in these uncertain times.

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    How to manage anxiety

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    Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. This article looks at the causes of anxiety and options for managing it.

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    Anxiety

    Source: Turning Point

    Looking after your health and wellbeing is about looking after the whole of you. We are working with Turning Point to offer access to online information and advice along with evidence-based structured interventions on a range of wellbeing topics covering mind, body and behaviour. 

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    How to cope with anxiety

    In her talk “How to cope with anxiety” Olivia Remes of the University of Cambridge shares her vision on anxiety and unravels ways to treat and manage this health disorder.

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    Dealing with anxiety at work

    In this video Noah Elkrief talks about what it is that creates our anxiety at work and how to deal with it.

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    Tips to combat anxiety in public speaking

    Getting nervous before and during a presentation is completely common, but you don’t have to let nerves effect your performance.

Panic disorder

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    Understanding panic disorder

    2020-05-27T11:49:00+01:00Exclusive content from retailTRUST

    Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which affects about 2% of UK adults. It causes panic attacks, which are sudden feelings of terror when there is no real danger.

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    Understanding panic attacks

    2020-05-27T11:51:00+01:00Exclusive content from retailTRUST

    Although panic attacks themselves aren’t life-threatening, they are very scary and can have a significant effect on quality of life. Getting support is important because treatments are available and can really help.

Bipolar disorder

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    Understanding bipolar disorder

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    Bipolar disorder is a chronic mental health problem characterised by marked changes in mood, ranging from extreme highs (mania) to extreme lows (depression). It’s thought that between 1% and 2% of the UK adult population live with this condition.

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    The science behind mood disorders

    Mood disorders are complicated and rarely eliminated with a single cure. This video examines mood disorders and looks at the symptoms of depressive and bipolar disorder.

PTSD

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    Understanding post-traumatic stress disorder

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    A traumatic event can cause anyone to feel anxious, scared and distressed. It’s estimated that one in three people who have been exposed to a traumatic event will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or complex-post traumatic stress disorder (c-PTSD). 

OCD

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    Understanding obsessive compulsive disorder

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    Obsessive compulsive disorder, often referred to as OCD, affects approximately 1% of people in the UK. Categorised as an anxiety disorder, OCD is often misunderstood. Learn more about the condition and the treatments available.

Borderline personality disorder

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    Understanding borderline personality disorder

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    The term personality refers to patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. It’s believed that between 0.7% and 2% of the UK adult population meets the diagnostic criteria for borderline personality disorder. Find out more about the symptoms.

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    What causes borderline personality disorder?

    2020-08-18T10:26:00+01:00Exclusive content from retailTRUST

    Like many mental health conditions it is thought that a number of factors play a part in borderline personality disorder (BPD). Learn how genes, biology and the environment can have an impact.

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    Treatments for borderline personality disorder

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    As everyone is different, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating borderline personality disorder. However, treatment usually involves some type of talking therapy and may also include medication depending on the severity of symptoms.

Schizophrenia

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    Understanding schizophrenia

    2020-07-21T11:21:00+01:00Exclusive content from retailTRUST

    Schizophrenia is a severe long-term mental health condition affecting roughly 1% of people in the UK. Treatments are available but lifelong monitoring is required to offer the best chance of returning to a life of quality.

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