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Myths about counselling – part 3

Welcome to part 3 of our 4-part look at the most common myths about counselling. At The Spark have been looking at the misconceptions that can end up discouraging people from considering counselling. We are busting the myths and highlighting the truth about how...

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Myths about counselling – part 2

We are continuing to look at the most common myths about counselling in part 2 of our series. These are the misconceptions that often discourage or prevent people from considering counselling. At The Spark, we are busting the myths to highlight the truth of...

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Myths about counselling – part 1

It is not uncommon for myths about counselling to discourage or even prevent people from trying therapy. Popular misconceptions – given credibility by people who have often never had counselling – can colour our opinions of counselling and talking therapies in...

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Stop worrying and start living

The focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness week has been ‘stress: are we coping?’  This got us thinking about books that have helped us cope with the stresses of life. One, in particular, is a recommended read for us. And it just happens to be the birthplace of...

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3 exam myths busted

Exams are on the horizon for young people up and down the country. So we decided it was time to bust a few exam myths which can create unnecessary stress and anxiety before exams. Exam myths busted #1: poor exam results will ruin your life Exams are a part of your...

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Songs For Sound Minds #25 – The Pretenders

Songs for Sound Minds #25 – ‘I’ll Stand by You’ by The Pretenders This week’s pick by The Pretenders was suggested by one of our followers on Facebook: a timeless classic about love and faithfulness in times of trouble. A song made special, not by the experiences of...

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Couples! Stop sacrificing ‘us time’

Life is busy. For couples with children life is even busier as they shuttle kids from activity to activity, keep the house running and hold down full-time jobs. It is not a surprise that when our counsellors ask couples about how much ‘ us time ’ they get, the answer...

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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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