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Do on-off relationships impact your mental health?

August 31, 2018

By: Jenna Rachid, Eloise Cadman and Alex Youngs

Do on-off relationships impact your mental health?

New research has suggested that on-off relationships can seriously impact your mental health.

According to Science Daily, researchers from the University of Missouri found that ‘on-off relationships are associated with higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment.’

Previous research cited by Science Daily indicates that 60% of adults have been in on-off relationships at one time or another.

Kale Monk, Brian Ogolsky and Ramona Oswald, from the University of Illinois, collected data from more than 500 people in relationships. The research found that those who broke up and got back together were more likely to have experienced psychological distress symptoms such as depression and anxiety.

Monk said: ‘For some couples, breaking up can help partners realize the importance of their relationship, contributing to a healthier, more committed unions.

‘On the other hand, partners who are routinely breaking up and getting back together could be negatively impacted by the pattern.’

Following the publication of the research, Monk urged couples who are seeking to better evaluate their relationship to seek therapeutic help.

He said: ‘Couples therapy or relationship counselling is not just for partners on the brink of divorce. Even happy dating and married couples can benefit from ‘relationship check-ups’ in order to strengthen the connection between partners and have additional support in approaching relationship transitions.’

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UK rapper makes ‘Happy List’

Mental health advocate Stormzy has made it onto The Independent’s ‘Happy List’ for unsung heroes.

The 25 year old rapper has been recognised for using his platform to raise awareness, and sharing his fortunes with worthy causes.

The award comes after the recent announcement that he was going to fund two black British students to go to the University of Cambridge. The Stormzy Scholarship will pay for tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant for up to four years of an undergraduate course.

Speaking about the scholarship fund, he said: ‘It’s so important for black students, especially, to be aware that it can 100% be an option to attend a university of this calibre.’

Stormzy has been an increasingly vocal advocate for mental health following his candid interview with Channel 4 News last year, where he detailed his battle with depression.

Speaking to reporter Jasmine Dotiwala, he said at the time: ‘What convinced me to talk about it was the fact that if there’s anyone out there going through it, I think to see that I went through it would help.’

He appears in the ‘Happy List’ alongside nine other celebrities, who the publication claim are ‘a lesson to others in how to spread happiness in Britain and beyond’.

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Avicii’s family launch tribute site for fans

Avicii’s family have transformed his official website into a tribute memory board for fans to use, the BBC reports.

The 28 year old DJ, Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii, was found dead whilst on holiday in Oman in April.

His family made a statement at the time of his death explaining he ‘could not go on any longer,’ adding that he ‘struggled with thoughts on meaning, life, happiness.’

‘We created this space so you could share your memories with all of us and let the world know what Avicii meant to you,’ The Avicii Memory Board reads.

Fans have uploaded their tributes including images of tattoos, memories and lyrics.

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In case you missed it…

1 in 6 children report self-harming by age 14 A survey of 11,000 children has found that 1 in 6 report self-harming by age 14, The Telegraph reports.

2 in 5 GPs have experienced mental health problems Research by Mind has found that 2 in 5 GPs have experienced mental health difficulties.

Does mental distress increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke? – A new study, published by the American Heart Association, has linked anxiety and depression to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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