University Mental Health University Mental Health Day – March 1st 2018 University Mental Health Day is a national campaign which promotes the mental health of people who live, work and study in universities. It is jointly run by Student Minds and UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Charity) and encourages all staff and students to get involved. If you have someone you care about heading off to university it is important to know that they will be looked after, not just physically, but mentally as well. They may be living away from home for the first time and dealing with new people, new surroundings...Read More
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week – #itsnotok “1 in 20 children and young people in the UK have been sexually abused” (Safeline.org.uk) Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week falls on 5th – 11th February 2018. The intention behind this campaign is to raise awareness of this often secret subject that can be difficult for victims to talk about and in turn to receive the support that they deserve and need. Why this awareness week matters THE BLOG By Emily Jacob Talk To The Teens In Your LIfe As a Relationship and Sexuality course facilitator in a...Read More
Reducing the stress when your teenager is going into hospital My eldest child recently had an operation which was supposed to be a day procedure. Unfortunately, after a brief spell at home, he was readmitted via A&E with a nasty infection in the wound. His temperature refused to come down, despite IV antibiotics, and he spent five long days lying on the hospital bed waiting for them to work. As parents we spent a lot of time entertaining, cheering up and tidying and we realised that although with teen health the needs are different, they still require lots of support when...Read More
22nd – 28th January is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week All women, whatever their age, need to be cervical cancer aware. Regular screening when invited and visiting the doctor as soon as symptoms present is vital. For younger women and girls the situation is more complicated. Menstrual irregularities are more common and cancer of the cervix is less common so can easily be missed. In addition to which screening by smears doesn’t begin until the age of 25 years. So being cervical cancer aware at this difficult age is very important. Thankfully there is now a vaccine available for school-age children which...Read More
Toddler to Teenager There are many challenges that parents face as their once cute and cuddly child grows up and becomes a freewheeling, self-sufficient young adult. Watching a child take their first steps towards the independent person they will eventually become can be both gloriously gratifying whilst being completely terrifying all at the same time: The first time you leave them home alone, the first time they go into town without you, the first time they get behind the wheel of a car and then there’s the first time they start a sexual relationship! One thing’s for sure – sexual health...Read More
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