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Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II – Our Great Loss

For most of us she has been the Queen for our whole life and as a result and without us knowing it, she will have been one of the most consistent parts of that life. Liz Truss said that she was the ‘rock upon which modern Britain was built’ but maybe this under states who the Queen was for us

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Love Island 2018

Why You Should Watch Love Island – Bravado and Bikinis

Don’t Be Put Off by First Impressions The new series of Love Island started last week and with it some quite strong opinions based on first impressions of the Islanders. People can be quick to judge and judge harshly those that put themselves out there. These young people with their bravado and bikinis, who are still working out who they

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Aidan Connor Coronation Street

Could Aidan Connor’s Suicide have been Prevented?

This week on Coronation Street Aidan Connor committed suicide, but could his death have been prevented? The short answer is ‘yes’, but unfortunately, although suicide is very preventable, it is the single biggest killer of men under 45. 50% of all those who die by suicide have been diagnosed with Depression and by 2020 it is estimated that Depression will

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Paddington 2

Paddington 2 A few years ago, when the children were still too small to engage in New Year’s Eve activities, we decided to go and watch a family movie in the cinema. This happened to be the first Paddington movie. We all really loved it, hence were all very excited when the new Paddington movie was released a few weeks

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Harry and meghan

Why Is Prince Harry Marrying Meghan Markle?

Why Is Prince Harry Marrying Meghan Markle? Prince Harry is getting married! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement was announced on 27th November from the Clarence House twitter account, suggesting the announcement was made on behalf of Harry’s Dad, Prince Charles. The couple are due to be married in the spring of next year! Congratulations to the happy couple who

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Prince Harry

Prince Harry & Mental Health

Prince Harry Discloses Seeking Help with Mental Health Prince Harry has revealed that he pursued counselling after he “shut down all his emotions” for nearly two decades as a result of struggling to cope with grief of his mother’s death.  In his interview with The Telegraph Prince Harry shared, “my way of dealing with it was sticking my head in

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13 Reasons

13 Reasons Why – Is Suicide Trivialised?

Why “13 Reasons Why” Has Sparked Controversy Mental health organisations have criticised Netflix for their latest original series 13 Reasons Why.  The shows protagonist takes her own life, leaving behind a set of pre-recorded tapes to various recipients with the intent to enlighten how that person contributed to her act.  Viewers learn that her suicide was performed as a ‘revenge

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The Xfactor

The X Factor Six Chair Challenge

In more recent series of the X Factor a new challenge has been introduced that sees contestants battle it out for a chance to sit in one of six chairs on stage, thus winning a place to the next phase of the competition.  What happens when all six seats are taken?  In short, seemingly lucky contestants are booted off when

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Laura Trott

How Laura Trott beats the odds to win Gold

“When you get in that zone…  Everything slows down.  You just have supreme confidence.  When that happens, you really do not try to focus on what’s going on [around you], because you could lose it in a second. . . . You have to really try to stay in the present, not let anything break that rhythm. . . . You

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Jack green

Olympian Jack Green on Mental Health Care

Sprint athlete, Jack Green is representing Team GB in Rio and earlier last week qualified to compete in the semi-finals of the 400m hurdles.  Speaking with the BBC shortly after qualifying, Green commented on the mental and physical difficulties of the sport and stated he had made “steps forward” in relation to improving his mental health.  Green previously claimed he

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Pokemon go

Positive Effects of Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go launched in the UK last month, and with more downloads than Tinder and more average daily users than Twitter, it’s safe to say the world has been taken over by pocket monster hunters. With GPS tracking – to play the game – Pokémon Go requires you get out and about.  On your travels Pokémon appear at random with

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Big brother

Big Brother – Unethical Psychology On Our TV Screens?

Inspired by George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, in short Big Brother is a game show in which strangers live with each other, isolated from the outside world, instructed by Big Brother in various tasks and assignments for the entertainment of the public and nominate one another each week for eviction by public vote – eventually leaving one housemate to win a

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The Psychological Effects of Brexit So Far…

On Thursday June 23 Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum has divided the nation with those who voted to remain at 48% and those who chose Brexit trumping with 52% of the vote. The status of our economy, our NHS and political leaders are uncertain and change is inevitable. Already we have encountered many changes since

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How to Cope With Brexit Anxiety?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” Ghandi A week of unprecedented political turmoil can take its toll.  Following last week’s referendum, the social and economic future of the country seems unclear, with a divided population and leaders on both sides of the debate fighting for control. As individuals repeatedly bombarded by scaremongering headlines and alarmist articles

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Boris johnson giving a speech

Why Has Boris Johnson Dropped out of the Conservative Leadership Race?

Boris Johnson, former Major of London and the de facto leader of the campaign to leave the European Union has just announced that he will not be running in the race to replace David Cameron as the next leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister. His decision has shocked party members and voters alike many who believed that part

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Was Top Gear Doomed from the Start?

The much anticipated new series of Top Gear returned last month with millions tuning in and over 100k tweets circulated the Twittersphere, the majority criticising the rebooted TV show. Matt Le Blanc escaped most of the blame and it seems many feel he saved the programme from being a total disaster. It was however, Chris Evans’ shouting, general hosting style

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Zayn malik

How to Help Zayn Malik’s Performance Anxiety

Former One Directioner, Zayn Malik has pulled out of Capital’s Summertime Ball due to anxiety. In a message to fans, Zayn has expressed his struggle quoting the ‘magnitude of the event’ has caused him to suffer the worst anxiety of his career. Performance anxiety is very common and while low level anxiety can be productive for a performer, it becomes

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Russia vs england

Why do Football Fans Riot? – A Psychologists’ View

The UEFA Euro 2016 is just a few days old, yet violence, clashes between fans and riots have been plentiful in the host city of Marseille, France. On Saturday after England drew with Russia, fans broke over barricades in place to separate them from one another. A brawl ensued with many injured taken to hospital, with one Briton said to

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eu flag

Psychology Within Politics – The EU Referendum

Stronger Together & Stronger Apart On 23rd June Britain will be voting to remain or leave the European Union.  At present, polls demonstrate a divide with those wanting to stay ‘in’ the EU slightly trumping those who want ‘out’.  Below are some leading arguments from both camps, interpreted using psychological research. Remain Those that want to remain in the EU

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kylo ren

Why did Kylo Ren turn to the dark side?

Ben Solo, the only son of Hans Solo and Princess Leia was lured to the Dark Side by Supreme Leader Snoke, but why? Kylo Ren (aka Ben Solo’s Dark Side alter ego) like his grandfather Darth Vader is angry, the forces of the Dark Side are able to take advantage of this and manipulate him into turning away from the

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Prince picture

The psychological reasons for Prince’s exceptional creativity, drug addiction and untimely death

As a spiritual person, Prince would often claim his music was a gift from God. However, an exploration into the key factors influencing Prince’s personality reveals helpful clues to understanding his exceptional creativity, tendency toward addiction and probable cause of death. During the following three brief articles, we will explore the structure of his personality, the experiences that informed his

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Inside Out

Inside Out – a Story Of Basic Human Emotions

Inside out – a story of basic human emotions I was watching ‘Inside out’ with my children the other day. A couple of hours well-spent. It’s a lovely film and a I might even have shed a few tears! The story is about 11-year old Riley and her move to a new place, leaving behind the security of familiar surroundings,

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Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry Causes Outrage With Controversial Remark

Fry Causes Outrage Stephen Fry has caused controversy with his comments that victims of child sexual abuse should stop ‘self-pitying’. The president of the mental health charity MIND suggested that survivors of abuse should “grow up” in a conversation with US talk show host Dave Rubin during The Rubin Report. Fry who has since apologised “unreservedly” for his remarks has

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The archers

The Archers – The Helen Archer and Rob Titchener Saga

For the uninitiated, Helen Archer, is the daughter of Pat and Tony Archer and the character in the Archers with ‘mental health’ problems. She is currently in police custody after stabbing her boyfriend Rob Titchener. Helen has, in the past, suffered from an eating disorder. More recently the programme has followed the development of her relationship with Rob Titchener. To

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bbc panorama

Scathing Portrait into NHS Mental Health Services

This Monday 11 April 2016, the BBC One Panorama series broadcast a scathing depiction of the conditions in which many of our young people are subject to when their mental health suffers, a widespread issue nowadays which has seen rates of teenage depression double since the 1980s. One of the most worrying aspects of the BBC documentary, which concluded that

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Are you beach body ready

Protein World

Another week and another unpredictable storm leaps out of social media and into the mainstream. Unfortunately this one again involves mental health issues and the sexist abuse of women. Juliette Burton (, actress, writer, comedian, body image campaigner, self-confessed sufferer of longstanding and serious mental health issues and all round brave person, took exception to the above advert and did

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perfect life

Does Facebook make you Depressed?

We all have within us a tendency to present the best version of ourselves to the outside world. This tendency is driven by a desire for praise and a fear of criticism and rejection. We also all, at times, are vulnerable to a tendency to compare ourselves unfavourably with others. Both of these tendencies are more pronounced when we are

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Anxiety therapy

Radio 4 Discusses Anxiety Problems

Anxiety, the often debilitating problem suffered by millions of people worldwide, was the topic under discussion on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour this morning.  Highlighting the overwhelmingly distressing nature of the physical and psychological symptoms of this mental health problem the programme talked to Dr David Clarke, a Professor of Psychology and expert in the field of Anxiety and Cognitive

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Paul Gascoigne

Taboos about mental health in football

Taboos about mental health in football Recent high profile cases have shown the severe mental health problems many current and former professional footballers face. It is easy to assume that these sportsman lead a blessed life away from the pressures and anxieties that most of us face, however, the actual facts point to a very different reality. Pressure to perform,

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MP Charles Walker

Mental health taboos challenged in Parliament

One in four people in the UK will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives.  However despite this, mental health continues to be a taboo topic with the problems that people experience, surrounded by stigma, creating obstacles to treatment and an exacerbation of symptoms via isolation and hopelessness about change. In a first for British parliament

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