How to Talk to your Kids about Mental Health

If you’ve had chance to read my article about Kristen Bell and her experiences with mental health, you’ll know that I think it’s super important for young people to be given a ‘mental health talk’ as well as the standard ‘sex talk’.

For me, growing up, I had no idea that what I was experiencing were mental health problems and therefore didn’t know how to get help until I had reached university.

Information and education are key, and if more young people are able to recognise the warning signs of mental health issues, the more quickly they will have access to early intervention therapies.

If you think young people aren’t susceptible to mental health issues, take a look at these alarming statistics from youngminds.org.uk:

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Panic Attacks

What is a panic attack?

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A panic attack occurs when you’re feeling waaay too much anxiety and tends to be characterised by:

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Kudos to Kristen Bell

Major kudos to Kristen Bell for this amazing interview to The Off Camera Show! I am so pleased that more and more celebrities are opening up about their struggles with mental health problems and explaining that there is absolutely no shame in taking medication.

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Well and Truly Frazzled

Last night I was lucky enough to go and see Ruby Wax’s evening on mindfulness entitled ‘Frazzled’. She was, indeed, ~absolutely fabulous~ and I’m so glad I went! Ruby has an amazing talent of talking about mental health whilst you simultaneously piss yourself laughing.

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Very Berry Banana Nice-Cream

Hello lovely people! I have finally finished my essays and have just two exams to go before freedom!

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Over the last month I let my self-care slip a little, thinking that I had no time for self-care as I ought to be studying. This move, unfortunately, really impacted my mental wellbeing but since then, I have managed to get things back on track again by scheduling in ‘self-care’ time into my revision/study timetable.

One change I’ve made that’s really improved things for me is getting myself a little blender and food journal.

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A Small Hiatus

Hello everyone!

This is just a note to say that Tiny Acts of Self Care will be on a small hiatus until I have finished my dissertation (20th April) and then posts will arrive at a snail’s pace until after I’ve finished my final exams (19th May) before picking up again in full force for the summer.

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To all of you in a similar situation- good luck with exams and essays! Remember to schedule in some you-time to keep things nice and balanced.

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Take care,

Helen xx

Reasons to love your body

I have a long history of being particularly mean to my body. Years of looking in the mirror and telling it it wasn’t thin enough, or pretty enough led to self harm and a menagerie of restrictive diets followed by anxiety inducing binges.

Recently I had the epiphany that, my body isn’t just an inconvenient shell that I just lump around in- it is the one medium that allows me to experience the world.

Without a body, you could not:

  • Communicate with your loved ones
  • Taste your favourite food
  • Hang out with your family over the holidays
  • Hug cats and dogs
  • Do work that is meaningful to you
  • Go to the movies
  • Read a life-changing book
  • Create something from nothing
  • Fix a difficult situation
  • Recover from your struggles
  • Go out with friends
  • Learn new things
  • Hold hands
  • Go clothes shopping
  • Stand up for what you believe in
  • Sleep in on a Sunday
  • Travel the world
  • Meet new people
  • Carry out your hobbies

Despite this, for some reason we are all so critical of ourselves (I wish I were thinner, or stronger, or taller, or …)

Your body isn’t who you are, but it lets you be who you are.

It is for this reason that body-orientated self-care is so important and so effective. Let’s give back to the one thing that has always stuck by us no matter what.

That *Mental Health* Moment When.. 2

1. People tell you to think of the starving children in Africa who have real problems..

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2. When you have a bad night’s sleep and your depression is being an arse..

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3. When someone suggests you go out to a club after the movie..

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