THE SPARK BLOG

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: 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

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 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 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

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…

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?

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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