Category Archives: mental health

Running the Reading Half Marathon 2023 for Sobell House Hospice charity

2023 marks 25 years since I ran my first marathon – London marathon April 1998. To celebrate that milestone I know I can’t do a marathon distance now, however, a gentle(!) half marathon through the suburban delights of Reading finishing at their football stadium seems a perfect way to spend the first Sunday in April 2023 🙂

My last run was a 10K back in 2016 and I haven’t run properly in over 18 months. Let’s have one last race hurrah raising funds for the vital & caring work done by the Sobell House Hospice charity. 

Thank you for reading and any support gratefully received. 

Just Giving page

Sobell House website

Facebook page

I will aim to update on my training & fundraising (any ideas gratefully received!). I am currently back using the excellent NHS/BBC app Couch To 5k This time around listening to BBC Radio 1 DJ Reece Parkinson (don’t listen to Radio 1 I hasten to add!) as my ‘Mr Motivator’. he’s good but miss the dulcet tones of Michael Jordon.

Nordoff Robbins May 2022 update

Announcing our 2022 O2 Silver Clef Award Winners

The O2 Silver Clef Awards return on 1st July! We’ll be honouring some of the biggest names in the music industry (including our O2 Silver Clef Award winner, the legendary Peter Gabriel!) All whilst raising hundreds of thousands in vital funding for Nordoff Robbins. Read more on who of your favourite artists have scooped an O2 Silver Clef Award, below!  
Read more on O2 Silver Clefs    
   
Jamal Edwards MBE will be honoured at the Music Industry Trust Awards 2022  
The prestigious MITs Awards 2022 will honour Jamal Edwards MBE. Jamal will be recognised for his outstanding contribution to the music industry. As a music entrepreneur, DJ and founder of the multifaceted music platform SB.TV.  
Read more about the MITs
       
Tickets now available for Legends of Rugby 2023  
The star-studded Legends of Rugby event will once again return, to bring music and rugby together! Raising vital funds for Nordoff Robbins. Congratulations to the 2023 Legends, Alex Goode and Emily Scarratt. Book your exclusive table, below!  
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Get your tickets to the Rock N Roll Circus in Newcastle this June  
We’ve partnered with Rock N Roll Circus! The all-new touring concept that will touch down in Newcastle this June. Enjoy Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, The Libertines, Years & Years – as well as a first class circus experience. All in aid of your favourite music charity!   
Buy Rock N Roll Circus tickets        
Our Summer School for music therapists returns in July 2022  
Are you a music therapist? Join our online Summer School to learn more about the Nordoff Robbins approach to music therapy. From workshops, seminars and discussions, to inputting on leading research. We’d love to see you there!   Read more about Summer School    
Thank you for supporting Nordoff Robbins.

You are helping us to create a world where through music therapy, human potential is recognised, witnessed and celebrated – regardless of profound disability, illness or social exclusion.

Awareness is nothing without action – CALM

 


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week…   You’re going to be hearing lots of chat about #awareness. But we know awareness is nothing without action.

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is loneliness. It’s normal to feel lonely sometimes, but we also know it can make it difficult to get on with your everyday life. We’ve put together some stuff to help you through.   
Take action this MHAW    
How To: Make Mates     Mates. We take the piss out of them, drink pints with them and share deep chats with them, but we can also drift apart from them, or find it hard to make them. Here’s some ways to make new friends and stay connected with old ones.  
Get started    
Kyle Walker teams up with CALM   Winner of three Premier Leagues. Regular for England. Now the designer of a home and away kit for CALM. 

We’ve teamed up with Kyle Walker and Puma to release these limited edition kits that represent the highs and lows of his amazing career – and the support which has helped him through it all. 

Not only can you get your hands on the wicked new kit, FIFA 22 players can also unlock the kits now in FIFA Unlimited Team.   
Get the kit  

 
TAKE ACTION WITH TEAM CALM
Just £8 will answer a potentially life-saving call, so if you want to help support our life-saving services why not do something you love to raise some cash for our services? From burping the national anthem to fund-raving, have a bit of fun and do whatever tickles your pickle. 

Join us  
 
We’re on your side If you’re struggling, remember CALM are here every single day. Whatever it is that’s weighing on your mind, you can talk to us. No matter who you are or what you’re going through, our helpline is here for you. 
Need support?  

 
Supporters of the month Declan rowed a hardcore half a million metres in April to raise life-saving cash for CALM. 

Richard is hosting a kick-about in memory of his mate Micheal. 

Zoe and Huw will be taking on the Swansea Epic Trail this May in memory of mate Mike.

Omar will be hosting a gig in memory of mate Scott. What a legend. 


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Mental Health Awareness Week starts today

Together we can tackle loneliness
Mental Health Awareness Week logo
Today is the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a week where we encourage everyone to begin a conversation about the importance of protecting your mental health, and raising awareness of mental health UK-wide.

This year’s theme is “Loneliness”. We chose this theme because of the way loneliness effects millions of us and it was something many of us experienced during the pandemic. Our recent survey of 6,000 UK adults showed that 1 in 4 people said they felt lonely some or all of the time over the last month. Severe and enduring loneliness is a key driver of poor mental health. But we still find it very hard to talk about. That is  why we want to encourage people who feel able to, to share their stories using the hashtag #IveBeenThere.

Check out our Mental Health Awareness Week animation here You are not alone image
Our newly published research shows anyone can experience loneliness, but there are particular groups who show an increased prevalence of loneliness  that puts their mental health at risk. This includes being between 18 and 24 years of age, living alone, being unemployed and having a long-term health condition or disability. 

The stigma of loneliness makes it hard for people to talk about – people worry about being judged or feeling a burden, which is why we want to shine a light on the topic and raise awareness of the links between loneliness and mental health. We’ve created some helpful advice on how to cope with feelings of loneliness, and how to support someone who may be feeling lonely.
Help and advice on coping with loneliness
We’ve created policy recommendations to help tackle loneliness, which include encouraging policymakers to develop community resources, increase support for children and young people in education settings, and ensure access to digital technology in residential care settings. 

Find out how you can get involved in supporting us this Mental Health Awareness Week, through donating, fundraising or sharing your experience of loneliness, using the hashtag #IveBeenThere on social media.
          Mark Rowland
Chief Executive
Mental Health Foundation

Nordoff Robbins – April update on all things music

   
   
This month Music for Dementia and UK Music released the Power of Music Report which outlines a blueprint to use music to help transform communities and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing. We also share Richard’s music therapy story and serve up a new episode of Behind the Base with PizzaExpress.   
 
   
Power of Music Report  
Did you know music therapy reduces agitation and the need for medication in 67% of people with dementia? The Power of Music Report outlines some of the outstanding academic and scientific research which illustrates the true potential of music as a therapeutic and medical tool.   Read the report      
   
“He just began to flourish in music”   
Richard, a former singer, who suffered a life-threatening stroke last year, has rediscovered his voice thanks to music therapy sessions with Nordoff Robbins. Richard and his music therapist Jo spoke to ITV News Wales about the progress they made together.     Watch on ITV News     
   
Behind the Base with L Devine  
Behind The Base with PizzaExpress returns with yet another musical talent. This month L Devine talks about about expression through songwriting, her first relationship and music that had strong influence, later taking to the stage to perform “Daughter”.   
Watch this episode  
     
Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust award Nordoff Robbins £4k    We are delighted to announce that we have received £4,000 of grant funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust to support music therapy at Erskine Care Home in Anniesland in the West of Scotland.    Tell me more
     
 
   

HAPPIFUL MAGAZINE MAY 2022

WELLBEING WINS | SPOT ANXIETY | WILL YOUNG | ACID REFLUX​
10 quick workplace wellbeing wins
Let’s be honest, it’s easy for workplace wellbeing to fall off the agenda every now and then. There’s always something getting in the way, whether it’s battling your inbox, dealing with difficult customers, or trying to meet a deadline. But when we prioritise wellness, those other tasks don’t feel quite as stressful.    Not sure where to start? Here are 10 quick wins you can implement right now…
Five symptoms of anxiety no one talks about
Anxiety can show itself in many different and subtle ways, often sneaking up on us before we’ve really realised what’s happening. So, understanding the symptoms of anxiety to watch out for can help you to address the root cause sooner. Here, we are sharing five warning signs that people often aren’t aware of.  
Happiful’s podcast returns with Will Young
Our podcast ‘I am. I have’ is back, and have we got some great conversations for you! We kicked off series eight with Will Young, who shared his own experiences and the motivation for writing his new book Be Yourself and Happier: The A-Z of Wellbeing. The podcast also features the gentle snoring of his beautiful rescue dog Domino…   You’ll find ‘I am. I have’ on all podcast platforms as well as Happiful’s YouTube channel
How to beat acid reflux
Ever found yourself struck with a burning sensation in the throat or chest? Or have issues with burping and indigestion that make you feel as if you’ve got a lump in your throat? These are all common acid reflux symptoms, which, while not usually serious, can be extremely uncomfortable and impact your mental health. Here, we’re sharing tips for beating acid reflux with dietary changes
Keep it rolling
Sign up for a rolling subscription for just £5.99 per month​, and get the latest Happiful magazine delivered straight to your door. Automatically renewing for each new issue – with the option to pause at any time – it’s the fresh, convenient way to enjoy Happiful. Also, you never worry about extra charges, as you can enjoy free postage to UK and NI addresses. Happy reading!  

Once you’ve finished your magazine, join our friendly, supportive Facebook group, where you can connect with other readers and wellbeing professionals to chat about all things mental health. 
GET YOUR COPY

A social network without the toxicity and where ‘likes’ earn cash for charities

Supernova

It is billed as an ethical alternative to Facebook and Instagram, which have been jointly dogged by accusations of ramping up misinformation and damaging mental health. Former Saatchi advertising maestro Dominic O’Meara wants to test his belief that a growing slice of the population is craving a life- affirming, glass-half-full outlook instead. 

And with a pledge to donate over half of its earnings to charitable causes, he explained that if Supernova can coax a mere one per cent of the social media advertising market away from the big players, he’ll be handing £600m to charities every year. 

“That one per cent is completely possible,” O’Meara said. “People are cheering us on: they think it’s about time someone brought an alternative to this market, and one that is ethically driven.” 

Anxiety – Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) guide

They have a very easy to understand & helpful guide to anxiety here

It is tough times at the moment and anxiety & worry will be high given the current events in Ukraine, along with the pandemic, rising living costs…crikey making myself even more anxious now! Seriously though there is help out there, you must never feel you are alone as someone, somewhere will listen. I am lucky to have a supporting family, but even with that it so easy to overthink things and become anxious, which can lead to physical symptoms too.

Do try to limit your news intake each day and set aside some time for your worries at a set time of the day. Worry time as the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) bods calls it. This blog has a good guide on it.

I may mention music a bit 🙂 but it does help me at work to concentrate and block out outside chatter about world events, which can make you feel worse and lets face it, unless you are a specialist in any area your work colleagues & friends are merely expressing opinions or social media ‘truths’.

Stay safe out there and don’t feel bad in asking for help or telling someone how you feel.

Testing times for gluten free

After four weeks going gluten free it is now time to do the pulse test. Basically you try one of the grains, for example wheat, in a meal and you test your pulse before eating and afterwards at various timed intervals. If you pulse increases by 10bpm or more on your first reading then chances are you are intolerant to that particular grain.

I did have a minor lapse last night as helping at the local football club I had a Bakewell tart at half time. Ooopsy as that did make me windy and feel a little off. Shows how the body reacts to something it was used to for many years yet not so happy when it returns!

I also have a salad at lunchtimes now to aid my digestion & gut health. It is tasty but you are very hungry come dinnertime.

Even if certain grains don’t seem to affect me on the pulse test I will keep on reduced gluten intake as I do feel better gut wise. It is a long process I know to get back to my pre-glandular fever days as fatigue still kicks in most days (doubtless aided by the lingering effects of covid). Keeping positive though bar the ridiculous prices shops charge for gluten free products. Although fair play to Nairns who do an excellent & tasty range of gluten free oatcakes and biscuits at reasonable prices.

What is your blood telling you? Part One

  What is your blood telling you?

Have you ever wondered what your blood might be telling you about your health and wellbeing? Using a darkfield microscope can give us a glimpse of what is going on inside your body. In this blog we will look at some of the most common anomalies I see in my client’s blood and how this understanding can impact health.

https://emmamaitland-carew.co.uk/live_blood_analysis_1/