December 6th, 2011

We often hear the term self-harm and it wrongly has associations with ‘emo’s’ ‘goth’s’ and those who are seeking attention from others, when this couldn’t be further from the truth. I recently wrote an article for Mental Healthy on the huge rise of young people receiving medical treatment for self-harm and at the same time of hearing of these statistics, came across a YouTube video of a very brave young man from the US speaking out about his experiences of that and homophobic bullying. You can watch his video here (please note that it may contain material you may find upsetting and please by mindful about this before choosing to view it)

October 25th, 2011

My latest post on keep smilin’ talking about young people and emotional health - how to prevent issues from building using problem solving and coping strategy.

October 10th, 2011

It’s the 10th of October which marks the yearly event of World Mental Health Day, but for you guys I wanted to concentrate on something that I feel is a contributing factor to so many young people developing mental health issues. An issue that affect so many of us as young people and really has no place in our society.

August 23rd, 2011

Happy August Keep Smilin’ lovelies, I am sat in the sun while I write this, today I wanted to touch on a subject which has really hit a nerve this month, the random picture is me and one of my best friends, relevant how? Well read on!

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August 2nd, 2011

"This week has seen yet another media storm surrounding eating disorders, this time, the media have been focusing on statistics about younger people, children and the rates of eating disorders in the age group. If you want to read more you can check out an article I wrote here.

There were two common themes that were coming up in an attempt to explain why this was happening. First off was the usual “it is all the fault of skinny celebrities” and the second, a fairly new one, was that parents should take the blame for negative or “fat talk” in front of their young children.”

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