GP services fail to provide adequate care for homeless
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by Vicky
5M ago
Funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) and carried out by researchers at King’s College London and the University of Surrey, the study – which involved 363 single people who were homeless in England – found those using regular GP practices (Usual Care GP model) saw their GP on average just 5.8 times during the 12 months study period, compared with 18.6 times for those who attended specialist health centres designed primarily for people who were homeless. This is despite no statistically significant differences in the presence of physical or mental health problems ..read more
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Overcoming Stress Caused by NHS Waiting Times
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by Vicky
8M ago
Stress is being caused by patients due to increased NHS times. Whether it’s for a persistent cough, an aching back, or a cervical screening, medical appointments are an unescapable and essential part of our lives. But as the waiting list for hospital treatment continues to rise to record levels (7.2 million in January 2023), your next check-up may take a while. Not knowing how long you must wait for a doctor’s visit can affect your mood and mental health. It has been found that almost four in ten Britons have felt stressed or anxious due to issues experienced with the NHS waiti ..read more
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Therapy on the NHS and lack of funding
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by Vickyw
8M ago
Those of you who follow this blog will know that I was on the NHS therapy list (still on it) for years with no therapeutic support.  Two years ago I had another episode due to a former friend accusing me of something I hadn’t done and blasting it along with some personal details about me on social media. I reached out for help and counselling but was told that there aren’t another psychiatrists in the county and the NHS are understaffed. For the last two years since the episode, my anti-depressants have been increased and I’ve been given a mood stabilizer . I then contacted Waves and Fir ..read more
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Five benefits and the importance of group therapy
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by Vickyw
8M ago
Due to the lack of counselling on the NHS you should seek out other treatments ,here are five benefits on the importance of group therapy. You can learn from others who have similar struggles. I learnt about others and their struggles with similar symptoms. Although no struggles are the same its comforting to hear that you aren’t alone and others are going through or have been through similar situations. This helps with learning different coping mechanisms from others in the group. Groups cost less than individual therapy For those of you on disability benefits individual counselling can prov ..read more
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Are Health-Tracking Apps Helping or Hindering Your mental health?
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by Vicky
9M ago
Photo by Brett Jordan on Pexels.com Smartphone apps often have the answer to many of our pressing, daily questions. What is the weather forecast for the week? What’s the fastest way to get to your desired destination?  Among the almost 3 billion apps available for download on Google Play Store (and just under 2 billion on the Apple App Store), there are plenty of health-related options. A good percentage of them are extremely useful, as they allow you to order your repeat prescriptions or plan your gym workouts and routines from the comfort of your home. However, there ..read more
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”Art for ‘Anxiety’ pieces on display at NHS Maudsley
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by Vickyw
10M ago
Art created by people with lived experience of mental health is being displayed in Maudsley Hospital in partnership with Bethlem Gallery, South London, to promote the importance of art therapy in supporting mental well-being. The exhibition, organised by national charity Ambient Support, runs throughout May to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) from 15 to 21 May. Not-for-profit health and social care provider Ambient Support launched their ”Art for Anxiety’Anxiety’ workshops in several mental health services in London to provide safe and encouraging creative spaces for particip ..read more
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Fighting Pharmacophobia: How to Cope With Medication Anxiety
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by Vicky
10M ago
There are many reasons why patients don’t always adhere to their prescribed therapies. For example, sometimes, people halt their course of antibiotics because their annoying cough has disappeared and therefore believe it’s already been cured. Instead, others may innocently forget to take their morning medication as they are solely focused on preparing breakfast and getting ready for work. The good news is that, in the case of these two examples, the problem can be fixed with a pinch of care and attention. However, there are more complex situations where patients purposely miss their daily dos ..read more
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Six Self-Care practices you can do in under 60 minutes
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by Vicky
1y ago
There’s a tendency to see self-care as more of a buzzword than an effective way to improve your wellbeing. But its benefits shouldn’t be underestimated. Self Care can reduce stress, help you sleep better, improve your coping skills and lift your mood. By its nature, self-care is broad and can look different for everyone. For example, the repetitive motions of knitting can be as relaxing for some as it is frustrating for others. Nevertheless, at its core, self-care is about showing care for both your body and your brain, which helps to regulate your nervous system. But what nearly everyone can ..read more
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Five reasons you might be struggling to sleep?
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by Vicky
1y ago
Sleep keeps us healthy and helps our brains function properly, as well as letting our body repair and re-energise. However, thousands of us are still struggling to switch off and get the recommended hours of sleep needed for our health. In fact, in the UK alone, there were over 8,000 Google searches for “sleep better” in the last 30 days.   With that being said, sleep experts at Bed Kingdom have revealed five reasons you may struggle to fall asleep and how to establish a better sleep routine.   1. Don’t eat before bed  Eating a meal, or even snacks, before bed could k ..read more
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Searches for ‘how to stop stress’ skyrocket 920% hours into Blue Monday 
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by Vickyw
1y ago
New analysis reveals that UK searches for ‘how to stop stress’ increased 920% just hours into Blue Monday, which is the name given to what is known as the most depressing day of the year, Monday 16th January, following the Christmas and New Year celebrations that have just passed.   The lingering stress of the cost-of-living crisis weighs heavily on the shoulders of many, and with temperatures dropping and food prices skyrocketing, it is bound to have an added impact on the stresses of everyday life. Therefore, people up and down the country are looking for tips and tricks to ease a ..read more
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