The Spark Blog

  • Why Did They Have an Affair?

    Why Did They Have an Affair?

    When an affair brings a couple to counselling, a common early indicator of problems is when one partner has taken intimate, emotional issues outside the relationship. Even if the emotional connection does not progress to sexual intimacy, severe damage can already have been done. The emotional cost of an affair Sharing your deepest thoughts and…

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  • Relationship Education Boosts Emotional Health in Children

    Relationship Education Boosts Emotional Health in Children

    Relationship education for children and young people is a significant part of the work undertaken by The Spark. Within primary and secondary schools across Scotland, our Children and Young People (CYP) team deliver interactive programmes. Each programme aims to help children and young people understand the importance of relationships and how to manage them, thus…

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  • Early Mental Health and Adulthood

    Early Mental Health and Adulthood

    If you are interested in ‘what makes people tick’ you cannot help but have noticed the mass of TV programmes focused on the development of humans from childhood to adulthood. From The Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds to Bringing up Baby they examine how early mental health in children shapes the adults they subsequently…

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  • Parents’ Guide to Exam Results Stress

    Parents’ Guide to Exam Results Stress

    The wait for Scottish high school exam results is likely to be almost as stressful for parents as it is for their children. In the second part of our exam results blog, we offer our advice for parents about coping with exam results stress. Looking for advice for young people receiving exam results? Read our…

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  • Exam Results – A Young Persons’ Guide

    Exam Results – A Young Persons’ Guide

    Thousands of young adults across Scotland are about to receive their high school exam results. Naturally, it is a time that often brings with it stress, anxiety and other negative emotions for youngsters and their parents. In the first of a two-part blog, we offer our advice and top tips for young adults about to…

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  • Top 5 Free Things to do with Kids

    Top 5 Free Things to do with Kids

    The summer school holidays are looming on the horizon and parents up and down the country are seeking answers to the big question: how do we keep the kids occupied today? Taking them to the cinema or ten-pin bowling every other day will break the bank and the eccentric Scottish weather means outdoor activities are…

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  • Relationship Breakdowns & Lawyers

    Relationship Breakdowns & Lawyers

    Entrepreneur Stephen Moore blogs about supporting the work of The Spark, relationship breakdowns and working with lawyers. The trauma of relationship breakdowns Relationship breakdowns are traumatic for all involved and all of us know someone who has suffered as a result. Counselling and guidance can come from friends and family but, as in most spheres…

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  • Seeking Better Infant Mental Health

    Seeking Better Infant Mental Health

    The Spark joined like-minded organisations last month to highlight the field of infant mental health during the inaugural Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (6-10 June 2016). The week – created by the Parent Infant Partnership UK (PIPUK) – was hugely successful and The Spark’s National Development Director, Marion Laird looks back on the week and…

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  • Literally Searching for Answers

    Literally Searching for Answers

    Every day we pose thousands of difficult questions about many of life’s most challenging issues. But in 21st-century society, we do not put them to close friends, scientists, professional counsellors or medical professionals. We put them to Google. That’s right – we ask the world’s most famous and dominant search engine how to sort out…

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