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The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

Tip 4 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: get organised with a Christmas to do list. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for...

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Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Tip 3 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: stick to a Christmas budget to avoid a debt hangover in the New Year. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can...

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Do a bit at a time – stress free Christmas tip 2

Do a bit at a time – stress free Christmas tip 2

Tip 2 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: do a bit at a time to avoid that last minute, Christmas Eve panic. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas this year!...

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Get a plan – stress free Christmas tip 1

Get a plan – stress free Christmas tip 1

As we begin the countdown to Christmas check out our first tip to help you on your way to a stress free Christmas: get a plan. From 27 November we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas this year! You can catch up...

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Tips for a stress free Christmas

Tips for a stress free Christmas

Trying to achieve a stress free Christmas can feel like an impossible task. Everything will be busy, last minute and crammed into time we simply do not have. At The Spark, however, we disagree and believe that a stress free Christmas is possible! 21 tips for a stress...

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Avoiding Christmas debt this year

Avoiding Christmas debt this year

Christmas is an expensive time of year for all of us as we buy presents, decorate our homes and enjoy nights out. Costs can soon add up and Christmas debt is a significant problem with 1 in 4 adults in the UK feeling pressured into overspending at Christmas. Loans,...

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Youth mental health: reviews are great but we need action too

Youth mental health: reviews are great but we need action too

Scotland, like the rest of the UK, faces a crisis in youth mental health. Studies and reports detailing the mental health issues faced by children and adolescents are regularly making the news headlines. The existing NHS-provided child and adolescent mental health...

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#Songs For Sound Minds #22

#Songs For Sound Minds #22

Songs for Sound Minds #22 - 'Days Like This' by Van Morrison What are your thoughts when you first hear this refrain? ‘Well my mama told me there’d be days like this’ Are you thinking about the negative side of things?  The ‘chancers’ in life that your mum warned you...

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Why we fear change in relationships

Why we fear change in relationships

‘There is nothing permanent except change’. Heraclitus This particular Greek philosopher had life pegged some 2,500 years ago: change is inevitable. The world around us changes, as do we as life progresses. Aside from the physical aspects of ageing, over time we...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #21

#SongsForSoundMinds #21

Songs for Sound Minds #21 – ‘Watching the Wheels’ John Lennon It probably comes as no surprise that John Lennon features on our Songs for Sound Minds playlist. But it’s not for the song you'd think it would be… Watching the Wheels by John Lennon John Lennon - bread...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #20

#SongsForSoundMinds #20

Songs for Sound Minds #20 – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson At The Spark we work hard to help people improve their relationships and build connections with each other. Sometimes though, trying to mend a broken relationship is not healthy for either...

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Male infertility and mental health

Male infertility and mental health

Men are in general pretty bad at talking about their feelings. They are taught from their earliest years – both explicitly and implicitly – to hold emotions in. Never cry, get on with it and barely whisper about what is upsetting you. When it comes to male...

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Social media & self image

Social media & self image

One of the common problems presented by school pupils to our counsellors is the tricky issue of social media. Children and young people are the section of our society that first embraced social media platforms. The highs and lows of social media They have been the...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #19

#SongsForSoundMinds #19

Songs for Sound Minds #19 – ‘Any Road’ by George Harrison ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.’ This may seem a statement of the blooming obvious if ever there was one.  However, how many of us have wasted time on fruitless activities...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #18

#SongsForSoundMinds #18

Songs for Sound Minds #18 - 'Phantom of Aleppoville' by Benjamin Clementine On the surface ‘Phantom of Aleppoville’ by Benjamin Clementine is a song about bullying. Dig a little deeper and it becomes a celebration of surviving and learning to be at peace with the...

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Pupils come first with counselling

Pupils come first with counselling

The Spark is at the forefront of efforts to improve the mental and emotional wellbeing of school pupils in Scotland. It is widely recognised that a child's ability and readiness to learn can be compromised by difficult life experiences. Through counselling, education...

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Deputy First Minister visits The Spark

Deputy First Minister visits The Spark

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Abercromby Primary to see how the Pupil Equity Fund is being used to support the mental and emotional wellbeing of children. The Clackmannanshire school is utilising the fund to provide counselling to pupils via...

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Schools, children and mental health

Schools, children and mental health

The mental health of children and young people has rightly become a mainstream political topic this year. Barely a week has gone by without more worrying research about the mental health of children and young people. Indeed only this week a BBC report highlighted the...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #17

#SongsForSoundMinds #17

Songs for Sound Minds #17 - 'Blood on Blood' by Bon Jovi In the Songs for Sound Minds series we often pick tracks because of they have been crafted so that every line serves a very specific purpose. This week we have chosen a song on the basis of just 4 lines. Blood...

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The need for emotional first aid

The need for emotional first aid

When we experience aches, pains or a chesty cough where do we head? Straight to our local doctor of course. When it comes to emotional pain - guilt, loss, loneliness - what do we do? Most of the time we try to sort it ourselves. We (try to) keep calm and carry on....

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