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'Couch to 5K helped me lose weight'

Andy Stevenson was looking for an exercise plan to lose weight and get fit that would work around his busy schedule. He found that the NHS Couch to 5K ticked all the boxes. Andy's once-a-week bike rides were not enough to keep the weight off. When he…

'How I help improve student mental health'

University students undergo big transitions, which can affect their mental health. Dr Luke Jefferies describes his work as a mental health adviser helping students through these difficulties. "In the 65 years since the NHS was founded, attitudes to mental health, including student mental health, have dramatically changed,"…

'How I've learnt to deal with stress'

Before going on a stress-management course, Arvind Devalia worked busy 10-hour days from his home office. As a business coach and writer, he was completely focused on his career, believing that harder work would bring better results. With his office being at home, there was…

10 stress busters

If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause. The most unhelpful thing you can do is turn to something unhealthy to help you cope, such as smoking or drinking. "In…

Addiction

Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…

ADHD

ADHD is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and might become more obvious when your child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. The symptoms, usually noticed before…

Anger and aggressive behaviour

Aggressive behaviour is when a child or young person reacts in hostile way towards peers, siblings or adults. It can include verbal and physical aggression. There are lots of reasons why your child or young person might be aggressive. They might be feeling anxious and…

Anxiety

Anxiety is an increasingly common problem among children and young people, with approximately 1 in 10 people experiencing it at some point in their lives. Some level of anxiety is common to everyone. We only consider anxiety a disorder when it starts to have a significant…

Anxiety about health

Most of us worry about our health from time to time, and some of us have to manage serious medical conditions. But for some people, health worries become overwhelming and a problem in itself. Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is excessive worrying about your health, to…

Autism - Embrace Autism because....

Autism is a part of the lives of many families.  Whether that is having a child with autism, a partner, family member, friend or colleague.  You may have autism yourself.  People with autism have many positive qualities and given the right opportunities, the environment and…
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