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These are bad for your health

These are bad for your health

Imagine a new product is about to be launched. This product has amazing capabilities. It has the power to make you dislike at least one aspect of your lifestyle intensely. Chances are it could leave you feeling deeply unhappy about your appearance, clothes or body...

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Parents guide to exam results day

Parents guide to exam results day

Being a parent of a teenager is tricky at the best of times. High school exams are barely over when attention turns to the next stress-triggering milestone: exam results day. Parents can end up just as distressed as the kids who sat the exams. The near constant...

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Male postnatal depression is real

Male postnatal depression is real

The idea that male postnatal depression exists has long been considered in the same terms as man flu. Reactions can vary from a raised eyebrow to thinly veiled contempt when the subject is broached. Familiar gender stereotypes entrench the belief that a dad ‘can’t...

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Low cost kids activities this summer

Low cost kids activities this summer

One thing guaranteed to create tension in a family is the long summer holiday and kids with nothing to do. Bored kids and parents trying to juggle time off with work commitments can be a recipe for a stressful summer. Kids activities like trampoline parks, cinema...

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Bad news, anxiety and the media

Bad news, anxiety and the media

Escaping bad news and tragedy feels like an impossible task. For years war, terrorism, racism, persecution and fear have dominated the news. Thanks to digital technology we are stuck on a 24-hour a day loop of breaking news and broadcasts from the scene of the latest...

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Life hacks for mental health – part 3

Life hacks for mental health – part 3

In the final part of our life hacks series we are looking at how doing what you are good at, keeping in touch and asking for help can set you on the path to good mental health. Catch up on part 1 and part 2 of the life hacks series. Life hacks number 7 - Do things you...

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Infant mental health before birth

Infant mental health before birth

There is no denying that the mental health of children and young people is in decline. Last week further data was released confirming more children and young people are requiring support for mental health issues. Worse still NHS therapeutic services are struggling to...

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Bending the truth in relationships

Bending the truth in relationships

In a society increasingly dominated by ‘alternative facts’ it is beginning to feel like bending the truth is replacing good, old-fashioned honesty. More alarming is the implied acceptance that bending the truth or even lying outright no longer carries with it...

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Life hacks for mental health – part 2

Life hacks for mental health – part 2

Welcome to part 2 of The Spark’s life hacks for mental health series. This time we are looking at how getting active, putting the cork back in the bottle and looking out for others can boost mental health. Catch up on part 1 of the life hacks series – covering healthy...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #16

#SongsForSoundMinds #16

Songs for Sound Minds #16 - 'Swim' by Madonna There are times when we just want to find a place to switch off, take time out and chill. At the end of a hard day we crave the comfort of curling up on the sofa with a box set. Or soaking in a hot bath and letting our...

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Life hacks for mental health – part 1

Life hacks for mental health – part 1

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Most of the time we try to keep our bodies healthy because we know it makes us feel better about ourselves and helps lower the risk of illnesses like heart disease and diabetes. Whilst we are busy pursuing the...

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Relationship breakdown and suicide

Relationship breakdown and suicide

At The Spark we relish opportunities to get involved in community-based initiatives. A great example is our involvement in the North West Glasgow Suicide Prevention forum and it’s ‘Suicide Safer Communities’ project. As a social enterprise, we are always looking for...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #15

#SongsForSoundMinds #15

Songs for Sound Minds #15 - 'You've Got a Friend' by Carole King Friendships lie at the heart of our latest pick in the Songs For Sound Minds series, Carole King's You've Got a Friend. On the Mental Health Foundation’s website one of their tools to help us all achieve...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #14

#SongsForSoundMinds #14

Songs for Sound Minds #14 - 'I Just Called to Say I Love You' by Stevie Wonder A little known story about a classroom and a mouse is the origin for our latest featured track in the Songs For Sound Minds series. Stevie Wonder's 'I Just Called to Say I Love You'. The...

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Can I ‘have it all’ and mental health?

Can I ‘have it all’ and mental health?

As part of Mental Health Awareness week we are considering this year’s theme: surviving or thriving? 21st century society leads us to believe that we can ‘have it all’. Where all is defined loosely as everything an individual might desire at some point in their life....

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A nation of unhappy men?

A nation of unhappy men?

The theme of 2017 Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘surviving or thriving?’ In the context of men’s mental health in the UK in 2017 it feels like a perfect question to pose. Data – and there is lots of it – points to only one conclusion: many men are, at best, just...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #10

#SongsForSoundMinds #10

Songs for Sound Minds #10 - 'Under the Bridge' by Red Hot Chili Peppers The song that propelled Red Hot Chili Peppers to superstardom is a poignant story of broken relationships and finding the strength to overcome addiction. Wasting love for time 'under the bridge'...

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Holidays highlight relationship issues

Holidays highlight relationship issues

Holidays are important. Especially since we only get a few each year. They can be fabulous times packed with great memories we will cherish forever. Whether we get to enjoy some family fun over Easter, the October school week or a summer vacation, holidays are one of...

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Sexting: 5 ways to protect your child

Sexting: 5 ways to protect your child

Raising children in the digital age brings with it a host of challenges previous generations never faced. One such high profile and extremely distressing issue - sexting - features in the final series of ITV’s Broadchurch drama. Spoiler alert (If you are yet to watch...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #13

#SongsForSoundMinds #13

Songs for Sound Minds #13 - 'You Got the Love' by Candi Staton You Got the Love is the next track in our #SongsForSoundMinds series. A gospel/soul/disco classic from the First Lady of Southern Soul, Candi Staton dedicated to never giving up. You know 'You Got the...

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Tips for parents during exams

Tips for parents during exams

Exam time can be as stressful for parents as it is for students. The normal teenage angst that leads to tension in the household cranks up a few notches during exam preparation. Indeed many parents will recall attempts to ‘help’ their stressed-out teen that are...

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