THE SPARK BLOG

When football takes over

When football takes over

When it comes to the start of a new football season, transfer deadline day or a major championships (usually without Scotland) fans of the 'beautiful game' will be glued to TV screens and stadium terraces. For all the excitement and spectacle a season or tournament...

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What does debt do to relationships?

What does debt do to relationships?

These days it is easy to become immune to the scale of the statistics quoted by news programmes, websites and in the media. Those concerning debt are a prime example. Consider this: according to research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, in 2015 1.25m adults and...

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Infant mental health & our earliest relationships

Infant mental health & our earliest relationships

Most mental health work in the UK focuses on reacting to problems once they have arisen. By contrast infant mental health initiatives look at the foundations of our relationships – our earliest years of infancy. By taking a ‘best start’ in life philosophy, it is...

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Volunteer Week – from tea-time to the boardroom

Volunteer Week – from tea-time to the boardroom

For Volunteers Week 2016, we have invited the team at The Spark Counselling to give us an insight into their volunteering. Jane Ankori (follow Jane on twitter) talks about her journey from interested newbie volunteer to becoming a member of the Board of Directors at...

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Counselling from the perspective of a counsellor

Counselling from the perspective of a counsellor

The Spark counsellor Cathie lifts the lid in this blog on what counselling is like from her perspective as a counsellor. Many people may avoid counselling because of a lack of understanding and information on what it is and what it can help them achieve. In this blog...

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Perfect parent, perfect family, strained relationship?

Perfect parent, perfect family, strained relationship?

One of the most common issues raised in couples relationship counselling is a grievance list about the division of family and household responsibilities, and how it leads to a strained relationship. We are busier than ever in our lives and media messages appear to...

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Doctor & Mrs. Barry: a tale of gender and equality

Doctor & Mrs. Barry: a tale of gender and equality

Doctor & Mrs. Barry: a tale of gender and equality There is a well-known brain teaser that has become something of a gender and equality statement over time. It goes something like this… “A man’s son is taken seriously ill at home. His father calls an ambulance...

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Depression and relationships

Depression and relationships

Depression and relationships: Mental Health Awareness Week The second of our articles for Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on the challenges faced by partners, carers and family in helping a loved one through depression. It includes advice for those helping a...

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5 ways to good mental health

5 ways to good mental health

Nearly 60% of calls to our Relationship Helpline services are from individuals experiencing mental health issues. According to figures from the Office for National Statistics in 2015, nearly 10 million adults in the UK are diagnosed with a mental illness each year....

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The Toolkit for Future Parenting – supporting teachers

The Toolkit for Future Parenting – supporting teachers

The Spark welcomes the new Toolkit for Future Parenting, developed by the WAVE Trust in partnership with the Scottish Government. As providers of extensive early years and youth relationship education programmes, we are delighted to see the introduction of this...

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I love you but I’m not in love with you

I love you but I’m not in love with you

  “I love my partner but I am not in love with them” is one of the most common reasons people contact The Spark Relationship Helpline or seek relationship counselling.  I love you but i'm not in love with you What does “I love you but I’m not in love with you”,...

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Exam stress – tips for parents & students

Exam stress – tips for parents & students

As we enter exam time for many high school, college and university students, The Spark has prepared our top tips for parents and students to cope with exam stress and nerves. Top exam stress tips for parents Leave the little things alone During exam time it is ok to...

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Something feels wrong in our relationship…

Something feels wrong in our relationship…

That sense that something is not right in a relationship – with our partner, kids, family or colleagues – often comes with a real difficulty in working out what it is. We can cause ourselves more upset and unhappiness by running over endless possibilities in our...

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My loved one has depression – what can I do?

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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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