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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…

Autism - adults getting a diagnosis

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life.  Autism is a disability. There are a number of online autism tests, but these vary in accuracy and none will…

Autism - adults getting a diagnosis and the benefits

Have you ever wondered if you're autistic? Finding out if you're autistic could help answer questions that may have bothered you all your adult life.  Autism is a disability. The West Berkshire Autism Partnership Board has produced an excellent guidance pack for adults who have…

Can I get free therapy or counselling?

If you want to try a talking therapy, ask your GP. They will know what's available locally and can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Lots of GP surgeries provide counselling or therapy services on the NHS. If counselling or therapy isn't…

Five ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing Getting your 'five a day' for mental health and wellbeing Don't you agree that there are some days when you 'feel good' and other days when you don't? There are lots of free and meaningful things that we can all do everyday…

Get active for mental wellbeing

Being active is great for your physical health and fitness, and evidence shows that it can also improve your mental wellbeing. We think that the mind and body are separate. But what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental…

Going to work after mental health issues

If you've had a mental health problem and been off or out of work, you may worry about going back. You may be concerned about how your colleagues will react, for example, or that you won't be able to cope. But most people find that…

Health for the homeless

'Maria' started taking drugs just at the weekends, but her habit grew until she was spending all her wages on drugs. Eventually she lost her job and her flat. She slept in parks and churchyards, and her health deteriorated. Maria's story is not unusual: homelessness…

Is work good for your health?

Work is good for your bank balance but bad for your health, right? Wrong. The characteristics of work - activity, social interaction, identity and status - are proven to be beneficial for our physical and mental health. Recent research shows that people in work tend…
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