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Teens, relationships and social media

Teens, relationships and social media

Before the advent of social media, parents had an easier time keeping track of the teenage celebrity crush. Celebrity crushes used to be someone from music, TV, sport or film. By virtue of their prominence in mainstream media, parents had a better chance of monitoring...

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#SongsforSoundMinds – #1

#SongsforSoundMinds – #1

Songs for Sound Minds #1 - 'Don't Be So Hard On Yourself' by Jess Glynne We are having a bit of fun here at The Spark selecting our favourite music tracks. But these are no ordinary selections, these are Songs for Sound Minds. These are songs that uplift, inspire and...

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Social media and the celebrity crush

Social media has made the ‘celebrity crush’ more complicated for teens and their parents. In the first of two special blogs we look at how social media has changed the nature of the celebrity crush and how parents can help protect their children. A childhood rite of...

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3 signs you’re suffering from stress

3 signs you’re suffering from stress

Stress is a part of life but too much of it can be very harmful to us mentally, emotionally and physically. Not only that, it has a way of creeping up on us whilst we are completely unaware. Thus we tend we tend not to be looking for help or finding ways to deal with...

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Why I became a counsellor

Why I became a counsellor

The Spark counsellor Josie tells us why she became a relationship counsellor in this week's blog. I had spent most of my life living in Australia before moving to Scotland with my family. While I waited for my work permit I thought volunteering on a helpline would be...

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First Aid for relationships

First Aid for relationships

The concept of First Aid is something most of us are familiar with. Many of us have the training (the rest of us wish we had) to deal with accidents and emergencies. When a loved one, colleague or complete stranger takes ill there is a natural human instinct to help....

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Help! They are becoming a teenager!

Perhaps the only thing harder than being a teenager is being a parent to one. The highs of being a parent can be joyful: watching them develop, become their own person and start to achieve their own life goals. But on the flip side the lows can be intensely...

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5 ways to improve your relationship

5 ways to improve your relationship

Relationships – particularly the one we have with our partner or spouse – are vitally important. But as they are familiar and constant, we often take them for granted. Amongst the busyness of life it often feels like there is no time to ‘improve your relationship’....

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Filling the youth mental health gap

Filling the youth mental health gap

Despite increased investment the NHS is struggling to cope with the demand for youth mental health support. Recent data indicates half of Scotland’s 14 health boards missed waiting time targets for young people with mental health issues. This comes following the...

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Anxiety: 5 ways to cope better

Anxiety: 5 ways to cope better

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the UK. Research in 2013 indicated there were 8.2m diagnosed cases nationally. Anxiety can be debilitating but it can be managed, allowing sufferers to get back to enjoying life. Here are 5 practical ways to...

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Role models: which ones do we want?

During the recent Olympic Games, sports presenter Jake Humphrey posted an interesting tweet. It was not about Usain Bolt or Team GB’s medal haul: it was about role models and Joey Essex. Humphrey was maligning the fact Britain’s (new) most-successful Olympian, cyclist...

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Who cares for the carers?

Who cares for the carers?

Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, the UK struggled to attend to the emotional and mental wellbeing of the long-term ill. Science and medicine have allowed us to make great strides in dealing with the physical symptoms of long-term illness. How...

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5 ways to be happier at work

5 ways to be happier at work

The research is in and being sick is the only thing that makes us more unhappy than work. Apologies if you are reading this at work as we have probably made your day that little bit harder. But fear not, we are offering up 5 ways to help make you feel happier at work....

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Parents & the post-summer struggle

As Scottish schools head back for a new term and summer holidays end, many parents will be left with the same troubling question: after time off with my family, why do I feel further apart from my partner? This is a common query posed to our counsellors in the weeks...

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Partnership working in the 3rd sector

Partnership working in the 3rd sector

The third sector has increasingly become the key to effective partnership working in Scotland. Many vital health and wellbeing services – for both the public and private sectors – are now delivered by strategic partnerships with third sector organisations. Open for...

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Why did they have an affair?

Why did they have an affair?

When an affair brings a couple to counselling, a common early indicator of problems is when one partner has taken intimate, emotional issues outside the relationship. Even if the emotional connection does not progress to sexual intimacy, severe damage can already have...

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Early mental health and adulthood

If you are interested in ‘what makes people tick’ you cannot help but have noticed the mass of TV programmes focused on the development of humans from childhood to adulthood. From The Secret Lives of 4 Year Olds to Bringing up Baby they examine how early mental health...

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Brexit – dividing families since 2016

Emotions were still raw in Scotland following the Independence referendum when the matter of Brexit came along. The 'remain v leave' campaigning and the referendum result itself have left a legacy already tangible: economic uncertainty, a devalued British pound,...

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Parents’ guide to exam results stress

Parents’ guide to exam results stress

The wait for Scottish high school exam results is likely to be almost as stressful for parents as it is for their children. In the second part of our exam results blog, we offer our advice for parents about coping with exam results stress. Looking for advice for young...

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Exam results – a young persons’ guide

Exam results – a young persons’ guide

Thousands of young adults across Scotland are about to receive their high school exam results. Naturally, it is a time that often brings with it stress, anxiety and other negative emotions for youngsters and their parents. In the first of a two-part blog, we offer our...

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