THE SPARK BLOG

CAMHS isn’t the problem, the system is

Data released last month again highlighted the scale of the challenge Scotland faces as it seeks to improve youth mental health. Waiting times for young people to be assessed by their local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) grabbed the headlines once...

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How to fix a broken heart

Though we will all try our hardest to avoid it, at some point in our lives we will experience heartbreak. Whether it comes from the end of a relationship or a sudden loss, a broken heart can be and often is the greatest trauma we will ever go through. Dealing with a...

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Love is not just for Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day comes around we are reminded it is time to focus on that special someone. For a day it is all about demonstrating our love for our spouse or partner. Soppy cards, flowers and chocolates are all great of course. But the fact we need a prompt is a...

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Breaking up before Valentine’s Day

It might be the time of year to celebrate love but that does not mean Valentine’s Day is filled with excitement for everyone. Some will be approaching February 14 with one particular thought: do I break up with her/him before or after Valentine’s Day? I don’t want to...

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Songs For Sound Minds #24

Songs for Sound Minds #24 – ‘Get on With Your Short Life’ by Brian Kennedy Our latest pick in the Songs For Sound Minds series could very well have been written specifically for January. An antidote if you will to a month spent grappling with our extra 'holiday...

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Conflict. It’s all about the brain…

Colleagues from The Spark attended the Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution’s Annual Conference (SCCR) last week entitled ‘Conflict. It’s all about the brain…or is it?’ The conference focused on how the interaction between our body, feelings and mind determines how...

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Youth mental health: is it enough to train teachers?

Research published this month revealed 66% of staff in Scottish schools feel ill-equipped to help pupils with youth mental health problems. Commissioned by the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the survey highlighted the need to properly train teachers and...

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Songs For Sound Minds #23

Songs for Sound Minds #23 - 'This Will Be Our Year' by The Zombies So, have you made your New Year Resolutions? Have you been inspired by a healthy eating blog to change your bad eating habits? Maybe you were in the local gym on January 3 planning to go from ‘Couch to...

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Alexa? Are you safe for my kids?

You might have spent time over Christmas and New Year listening to children play with their family’s new ‘Alexa’. The Alexa in question – if you are not into your gadgets – is the name of the personal assistant service (and ‘wake word’) on Amazon’s range of Echo...

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Get some rest – stress free Christmas tip 19

Tip 19 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas is really simple: get some rest! Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Get some rest...

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Say please and thank you – stress free Christmas tip 17

Next up on our countdown to a stress free Christmas is tip 17: say please and thank you this festive season. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on...

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Ghosts of Christmas past – stress free Christmas tip 16

We have reached tip 16 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Ghosts of Christmas past There...

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Get Christmas helpers – stress free Christmas tip 15

When you are the one stuck with all the Christmas tasks the festive season can feel far from festive. De stress this year by enlisting your own band of Christmas helpers. With 10 days to go to  we are up to tip 15 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas....

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Spend time with people – stress free Christmas tip 14

Next up on our countdown to a stress free Christmas it tip 14: spend time with people this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas. Spend time...

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Help others this Christmas – stress free Christmas tip 13

Today we are on to tip 13 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas. The message is quite simple: help others this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress...

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