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We have produced a range of guides for you to download for free, covering different mental health issues and illnesses.

Please feel free to share our free guides with family, friends and loved ones. We sometimes just never know who is in need of support.

Bullying and mental health

Being bullied or being a bully can greatly damage a child’s mental state which subsequently impacts their ability to study and socialise; leaving them sad, withdrawn and anxious …

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Stress – what is stress and how common is it?

Between 9.9 million and 13.3 million work days being lost each year as a result of anxiety, depression and stress.

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Armed Forces Veterans and mental health

The onset of PTSD will not always occur immediately and may in fact take a number of years before becoming apparent …

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PTSD and the armed forces

Whilst PTSD can affect anyone in the general population, it is much more common in those who have served in the military.

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Later life mental health and dementia

Approximately one fifth of adults over the age of 55 in the USA is thought to experience some type of mental health condition; with common disorders being anxiety and mood disorders such as depression. The estimates are slightly
higher in the UK, with one 2009/10 study finding that 25% of males and 35% of females accessing secondary NHS services were over the age of 65.

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Mental health in minority populations

Globally, it has been known for some time that those who are in minority populations have received sub-par mental health care, compared with the
majority population. With less than optimal treatment, people in these populations are less likely to achieve a full recovery, meaning an ongoing negative impact on their life. This is a circular issue as it means they’ll continue to suffer and struggle, which increases the risk of further mental health
problems.

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Male mental health

In the USA and UK, men have been found to be more likely to suffer from substance abuse …

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that can cause a sufferer to
experience bouts of deep depression interspersed with periods of mania or hypomania. Changes between the two extreme moods can be greatly distressing to the sufferer and can interfere with daily life.

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Eating Disorders

“Eating disorders” is the term used to describe a category of mental illnesses involving disordered eating and weight problems. This category can then generally be separated into four main disorders
Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN), Binge Eating Disorder
(BED) and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED).

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Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious mental health condition that affects
a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

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Depression

Depression is not an uncommon problem; on the contrary, it is in fact the most commonly occurring mental health problem in society today and affects a great number of people each year.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) are both anxiety related disorders that revolve around intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviours.

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7 tips and their families/carers for those suffering from OCD

Handy guide co-produced by The Shaw Mind Foundation and OCD UK.

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Mental health of those suffering with physical or learning disabilities

When somebody is physically disabled or learning disabled many people may unintentionally overlook their potential for mental illness. This is unfortunate as this group of society is at times more at risk of mental health problems.

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Mental health in the LGBT community

Members of the LGBT(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community experience the same mental health disorders as those who are heterosexual; they do not have a genetic predisposition to experience specific disorders. However, the LGBT community is often subjected to a number of life experiences that can contribute to poor mental health.

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Self harm

Suffering from self-harm can be a very scary experience and can leave you feeling isolated and in some cases ashamed. It is important in these times to remember that you are not alone and you have nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, many people who do feel ashamed of their self-harm hide their
condition which delays getting the help they need.

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Suicide Prevention

It is important that we make sure that those people who are suffering from suicidal thoughts receive the appropriate treatment in a timely manner, so we can prevent as many people as possible from taking their own life. Especially as many attempts at suicide can lead to lasting physical and emotional damage being suffered by the survivor. Unfortunately, the number of people worldwide lost to suicide each year is estimated to be in the region of 15 in 100,000.

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Childhood Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Unfortunately many people worldwide are subjected to childhood trauma, both intentionally and unintentionally, each year. Whilst for some people this trauma is a bad memory that they have moved past, for others the effects of this trauma can stay with them for an extended period of time, often into adulthood. This can lead to conditions such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that can greatly limit a person’s life.

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Mental health and students

When a person becomes a student they are often subject to a vast number of life changes in a short amount of time. For many people this will be their first time living away from home (possibly a substantial distance from their home and family). Unsurprisingly, this can put a number of students at risk of suffering poor mental health.

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Mental Health during pregnancy and the post-natal period

Mental health during pregnancy and the post natal period is often treated as a taboo subject, especially by those who are suffering.

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Mental health in the homeless

Unfortunately the rates of deliberate self-harm have been found to be high in the homeless population, and are more prevalent in females than males.

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Crime and Mental Health

There is evidence that reveals that those who are suffering from mental health problems are far more likely than the general population to be the victims of crime, especially violent crime.

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Mental health around the holiday period (Christmas, Thanksgiving etc)

The holiday period is a time for relaxation and happiness, where people catch up with family and friends and take a rest from work. Unfortunately, for many people the holiday period is not all about positivity and can instead have a negative impact on their mental health.

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Promoting a positive environment for mental health as an employer or manager

As an employer or manager there are a number of proactive steps that can be taken to make your working environment more mental health friendly.
Many changes that can be made are small, low cost adjustments that have the potential to have a big impact on the mental health of the organisation.

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Mental health and business

Mental health problems are on the rise in many countries worldwide,
with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem
every year. With the amount of time we now spend at work, it is unsurprising that the increase in mental health problems is costing businesses worldwide millions of pounds a year. The business practices of some companies are also playing a role in the causation of mental health problems and some small changes can improve the lives of employees and save businesses substantial sums of money.

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Promoting positive mental health and dealing with mental illness as an employee

We now spend a great portion of our adult lives either in the office or completing work related tasks at home, instead of taking the time to relax and recuperate. Spending this much time on work related tasks increases the impact that working life has on our mental health. Therefore it is important that as an employee you find a way to improve your mental health at work
and encourage your employer to make necessary changes for the good of their workforce.

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