THE SPARK BLOG

My loved one has depression – what can I do?

As part of Depression Awareness Week, The Spark is featuring a series of posts about depression and relationships. In this blog we look at the difficulties faced by those trying to help a loved one through depression and the impact it can have on relationships. For a...

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Depression: spotting the signs

As part of Depression Awareness Week, we are featuring a series of posts about depression, its impact on our relationships and ways to tackle the problem. In this first blog we look at ways to spot the signs of depression and how to address it within a relationship....

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My Dad and Me – father figure

When I started secondary school I met the person destined to be my best friend. The first time I came to her house we sat at a small table in a small niche in the tiny living room. Her seven brothers and sisters lounged around reading, watching TV or playing with the...

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The Spark at 50: new resources

As relationships, families and modern life change in Scotland, The Spark Relationship Counselling is adapting to meet those needs through technology. This year The Spark celebrates 50 years of supporting individuals, couples and families with relationship counselling...

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Valentine’s Day

Yes, Valentine’s Day. A moment in the year when we put aside the distractions of everyday life and take time to celebrate the one we love. It’s easy to dismiss Valentine’s Day as a ‘Hallmark holiday’ but despite the commercialisation, Valentine’s Day has a long...

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Man up!

You don’t need to be a therapist to know that there is a ton of pressures and expectations wrapped up in what it means to be a man. The ‘strong and silent type’ might seem a bit 1950s but, for many men, the idea is still alive and well. I think that when phrases like...

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Action on Sectarianism

Our Children & Young Peoples team have been working hard over the last few years to tackle sectarianism in Glasgow, working with young people in their communities. As part of the Positive Community Relationships programme the team help young parents and...

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Am I Normal?

I don’t know anyone who isn't at least a little bit sad on hearing about the death of David Bowie, and I’d guess the people who feel it most will be those (of whatever age) who discovered him in their teens. At a period in life when you seem to be constantly asking...

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New Year, New Relationship?

When you need someone to talk to, and can’t talk to each other… The period between Christmas and the New Year is a strange time. The old year feels over and we have this breathing space before the new one begins to reflect on how our lives actually are and how we want...

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The Spark Christmas Playlist

Ringing Out for Christmas Day… You know Christmas is near when you start hearing those familiar songs playing everywhere you go. Love or hate the festive season, there’s always one that you can’t help but hum along to. To get us into the festive spirit our staff and...

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Money and Relationships at Christmas

Christmas Concerns Christmas is known as a time for giving, for spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the festivities. But it can also be a time of strain, both financially, and for relationships with those around you. Our guest blogger, Sharon...

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Merry Christmas!

Our opening hours over the festive period are as follows. The Relationship Helpline/Appointments Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9am - 11am Tuesday 29th December, 10am – 2pm Wednesday 30th December, 10am – 2pm Tuesday 5th January 2016, 9am - 5pm (Normal hours resume)...

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Relationship Dilemmas

Christmas Day This is my first Christmas with my new partner, we have been together for almost a year and have recently moved in together. I am really excited about our first Christmas together but all we do is fight about what we are going to do on Christmas day. My...

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Laugh Out Loud – Digital Relationships

I’ve just spent all day drinking tea and talking to a friend. We’ve been in pretty constant contact via texts and social media but this is the first time we’ve been in the same room for almost a year. Communications with my friends on social media generally go...

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Reducing the Stress at Christmas

Relationship Tips It’s the most magical time of the year… On the other hand it can be busy and stressful: we are buying and wrapping presents, writing cards, organising the house, shopping for food, cooking, cleaning… and on top of that money can be tight and our...

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Is this argument really worth it?

Someone, a friend, has just been listing all the fights she’s had today. Actually, she’s just been telling me how her day’s been, but it strikes me that every day is just a series of opportunities to have a good old scrap. It’s like those write-your-own-adventure...

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#AntiBullyingWeek

We define bullying as a mixture of behaviours and actions which impact a person’s sense of agency in relationships. It can come in a number of different forms and happen to you at any age. Sometimes it may be subtle and hard to prove, and sometimes it may pose a...

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Counselling – what’s it all about then?

We asked one of our Counsellors to answers some FAQs. It’s sometimes hard to get away from the “just get on with it” mentality that’s been common in Scotland for a long time. Combine this with the stigma of seeking professional help for emotional difficulties and it...

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How many spoons?

Communication and Illness: What's spoons got to do with it? In 2013 the Scottish Government carried out the Scottish Household Survey which found that 20% of men and 23% of women aged 16 and over suffer from a long-standing illness, health problem or disability. This...

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“No Knives Better Lives”

If you happen to be a reader of The Sunday Times you may have come across Mark Macaskill’s recent article about knife crime in Glasgow. Here at The Spark we tend to pay attention to this aspect of life in Glasgow thanks to our Children & Young People (CYP) teams’...

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What gives us our Spark?

The people who willingly give their time to help others are a big part of what we do here at The Spark. Without them we wouldn’t be able to provide the level of support we aim for. So in honour of this being Volunteers’ Week we thought it would be the ideal time to...

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