Why family support can assist recovery

For those who have a family member struggling with an addiction or a mental health problem, they may already be aware that familial support is invaluable. In cases of drug addiction, for example, many patients seek treatment as a direct result of positive family involvement and intervention.

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Positive Shift In Attitudes Toward Mental Health

mental health New data has revealed that public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly over the last decade. Although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding this topic, the survey shows that opinions are slowly but surely changing.

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Mentally Ill Patients Not Receiving Enough Treatment

mental health careThe pressure that healthcare professionals are facing when it comes to freeing up mental health beds has raised concerns that vulnerable people are being left at risk and without the support they need to make a full recovery.

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Supporting Someone With Mental Illness Infographic

mental health supportMental health problems can hurt more than just the person with the mental illness. Friends and family of someone struggling with a mental health issue may also need help. With that in mind, Life Works created this short infographic outlining how to support someone with mental health problems.

This is by no means a fix for a mental health problem, but by better understanding mental health issues and providing support, loved ones can do a great deal to help someone with a mental illness. 

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Mental Health Myths VS Facts Infographic

mental health infographicThere are plenty of misconceptions about mental health in popular culture. Some of these may be harmless but many myths can create significant problems for people who deal with mental health problems in their everyday lives. One of the most common issues is that mental illness is often seen as a code word for crazy. This means people with a mental illness may be mistreated or isolated by their peers. This is despite the fact that most people with mental health problems are no more dangerous than anyone else. 

Often times stigmatising people with mental health problems is the worst thing that can be done. Isolating a mental illness is the best way to make it worse. Only acceptance and making the proper help available can really help those with mental health problems. 

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Children with mental health problems are waiting up to three years to be assessed

child sunsetAccording to a new report on youth mental health, children can wait more than three years to be assessed and then up to two years to finally receive treatment.

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Why Easter can make you happier

easterThe Easter weekend is just a few days away and believe it or not, this is a great time to increase your happiness levels. How can Easter make you happier however? Carry on reading for some of our top tips.

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What Makes Us Happy

happiness Last Friday saw millions of people all over the world celebrate the International Day of Happiness. What exactly makes us happy however? Is it money, popularity, having a top job or being surrounded by a great network of people? According to various studies, below are the top three things that make us happy.

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How Addiction Affects Christmas

mental health at ChristmasMost of us will admit to eating too much, drinking too much, lowering our inhibitions and even trying new things when we get carried away during the festive period. Typically, aside from the inevitable hangover, this doesn’t lead to any serious or long-term consequences. Anyone fighting a drug, alcohol, gambling, eating or sex addiction however, can find Christmas to be incredibly painful, difficult and dangerous.

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Inspirational Pictures

Here at Life Works, we want our blog to inspire as well as inform. To help us achieve this, we will be posting our favourite pictures and quotes from each week. Please feel free to send us any of your own suggestions via our Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about any of the issues addressed in these pictures please check out our Knowledge Centre. If you are interested in mental health treatment please contact us now. Thank you and enjoy.

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Employer Bias Against Mental Health Conditions Rife

mental health and employmentA study of employer attitudes towards staff with mental health conditions has revealed that 94 percent of UK leaders admit that prejudice towards sufferers remains an issue within their organisation.

The research, which was carried out by Bupa also found that a third of business leaders think that employees with mental health illnesses will fail to return to full productivity even after treatment. Sadly, these same leaders admitted to labelling such employees as unpredictable, weak and erratic.

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Inspirational Picturs

Here at Life Works, we want our blog to inspire as well as inform. To help us achieve this, we will be posting our favourite pictures and quotes from each week. Please feel free to send us any of your own suggestions via our Facebook or Twitter. To learn more about any of the issues addressed in these pictures please check out our Knowledge Centre. If you are interested in mental health treatment please contact us now. Thank you and enjoy.

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Sport Scheme Being Introduced to Help People With Mental Health Problems

mental health and exerciseIt has just been announced that a £2 million scheme which uses sport to improve the lives of people with mental health problems is to be introduced.

The programme will be part-funded and run by mental health charity, Mind and will receive additional funding from Sport England in a bid to help up to 75,000 people suffering from a range of conditions all around the UK.

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New Study Shows What Makes a Great Rehab

b2ap3_thumbnail_phone-therapy.jpgThomas McLellan is an expert in the field of addiction. He has conducted numerous studies and research on the subject and even helped the Obama administration working for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Despite all of his expertise, McLellan was unable to save his son from the deadly effects of addiction.

After losing a son to alcohol and pills, McLellan said he realised that despite being an expert in addiction and surrounded by other addiction experts, he had no idea what to do when the disease started to take control of his children. While his knowledge of the science behind addiction was impeccable, he was unable to find any treatment centre near him in the US that offered more than someone preaching morals and unsupportive aftercare.

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New Year’s Resolutions and Addiction

Beating an addiction or an eating disorder is a wonderful new year’s resolution. It is a real change you can make that has innumerable positive effects. The question is, how do you go about making a change? Most people make resolutions like getting a new job or spending more time with family, but beating an addiction is far more challenging. Addictions invade every portion of your life and require more change and dedication than the average New Year’s resolution. That being said, it is possible to make and keep a resolution to beat your addiction by following six steps. These make up a guide for how to find help and help yourself overcome whatever your addiction may be.

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Inspiring pictures of the week

Here at Life Works, we want our blog to inspire as well as inform. To help us achieve this, we will be posting our favourite pictures and quotes from each week. Please feel free to send us any of your own suggestions via our Facebook or Twitter. Thank you and enjoy.
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Treating Depression with Memory Training

depression helpNew research shows memory training can help alleviate depression.For most people, certain words are linked to specific memories. For instance, hearing the word vacation might take you back to your honeymoon. This is a normal and completely healthy occurrence and it may be helping to protect people against depression.

A new study has found that people who are at risk of depression or are suffering with the condition, have a difficult time accessing specific memories from their own past. This makes it more difficult for them to solve problems and often forces them to focus on negative feelings or emotions.

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Inspiring pictures of the week

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Heavy Drinking Increases Anxiety Problems

alcohol anxietyAlcohol addiction increases anxiety disorders.A new study is further cementing the link between alcohol abuse and anxiety problems. The latest research in mice shows that alcohol scrambles certain connections in the brain and makes it harder for alcoholics to recover after a traumatic event.

This explains the well documented link between alcoholism and disorders like PTSD. While traumatic events can effect anyone, those with alcohol problems often find it much harder to recover.

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Alcohol Abuse Affects Men and Women Differently

alcohol abuse men womenScientists discover alcoholism affects the brains of men and women differently.New research from the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System show differences in the effects of alcoholism on men and women’s brains.

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