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  • What next for the cave boy survivors?

    By Helen Cordery , Published: 19 Jul 2018

    Written by psychotherapist Helen Cordery It might be a week or so since they were rescued, but the story of the 12 young boys and their football coach rescued from a Thai cave is still grabbing headlines (BBC News, 2018).  Today, for the first (but probably not last) time, they are facing the media, speaking to … 

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    Thinking ethically, acting ethically

    By Alan Kershaw, Chair of the UKCP Ethics Committee , Published: 21 Jun 2018

    Written by Alan Kershaw, Chair of UKCP's Ethics Committee Wouldn’t it be nice if, whenever we faced a difficult decision, someone would step in and tell us exactly what to do, and we could always be certain that was the right thing, producing the best results for everyone? Nice – but welcome to the real world … This … 

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    #MHAW – Why improving young people’s access to therapy is important to me

    By Adam Jones , Published: 17 May 2018

    Written by Adam Jones, UKCP Policy and Advocacy Officer It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is stress. While stress is a perfectly normal part of being a human, it can also be a cause of mental health issues like depression and anxiety, and is often linked to self-harm and suicide. And discussing these issues openly … 

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    #MHAW – My love/hate relationship with social media

    By Gem Sofianos , Published: 16 May 2018

    Written by UKCP Digital Content Producer, Gem Sofianos At 30 years old, I have recently discovered that I am in-fact a millennial. Part of the so called ‘snowflake’ generation who are loathed by some, pitied by others, and seemly destined to never own homes, bounce from job to job and face a future of increasing uncertainty. There … 

  • We know our privacy is being compromised, so why do we keep on with social media?   

    By Aaron Balick , Published: 16 May 2018

    Written by UKCP member Aaron Balick It finally happened. We saw Mark Zuckerberg in front of the American Congress, apologising for the whole Cambridge Analytica fiasco. That, alongside Facebook’s apparently inadvertent part in the distribution of fake news possibly resulting in the UK election tipping towards Leave and the US election tipping towards Trump. This … 

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    #MHAW – What (some) millennials think about millennial stress

    By Simon Stafford-Townsend , Published: 15 May 2018

    Written by UKCP member, Simon Stafford-Townsend As a therapist who is also a millennial, I'm keen to contribute a perspective on the idea of "millennial stress" for this year's Mental Health Awareness week. To help inform this article I set up an online survey, and used social media to reach out to other millennials to find out … 

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    Healing the split: psychotherapy’s urgent role in the entertainment industry

    By Dr Maria Kempinska , Published: 4 May 2018

    Written by Dr Maria Kempinska, UKCP Business Lead The death in late April of the Swedish DJ Avicii – real name Tim Bergling – was tragic. He was a gifted, sensitive, gentle and immensely talented creative. Avicii’s apparent suicide demonstrates how vast the split had become between the 28-year-old’s outer persona (the successful face his fans saw) … 

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    Emotional and mental wellness must be a human right

    By Prof Sarah Niblock , Published: 25 Apr 2018

    Written by Prof Sarah Niblock, UKCP Chief Executive If you were glued to the Liverpool FC match against Roma last night, you can’t have missed the roar of the 54,000 supporters at the Anfield ground. Yet more than ten times that number of children are living with mental health issues right now. Imagine how many football stadia … 

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    Spring Statement – political continuity is not enough for mental health

    By Adam Jones, UKCP Policy and Advocacy Officer , Published: 15 Mar 2018

    Written by Adam Jones, UKCP Policy and Advocacy Officer This week, the Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement to the House of Commons. He reflected on growth and public finance projections, and confirmed that any spending increases will not be announced until the Budget. This seemingly lived up to the Statement’s low-key billing. Indeed, the Chancellor’s … 

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    Getting the facts right about mental health reporting

    Published: 16 Feb 2018

    I was disturbed to see President Trump’s swift deflection of the mass school killings in Florida from guns to mental health. There is no doubt that people with mental health issues often get a bad press. Yet, with 1 in 4 of us experiencing mental health issues at any given time, reporting on dangerous criminal behaviour …