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Read more about the article Where can I get further help?
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Where can I get further help?

If you need some direct help for a particular long-term issue, or advice for yourself or family and friends, there are many charities and organisations who can help. Here’s a list of some of them.

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Read more about the article The IICSA : The Force Awakens
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The IICSA : The Force Awakens

by survivor Bob Balfour.

For those of you with a fondness for Star Wars, I hope you’ve enjoyed ‘The Force Awakens’ – or are looking forward to enjoying it. For those of you who are not so keen, I hope you’ll bear with me as I use ‘Star Wars’ references to explore some reflections on The Independent Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA) as a male, who is also a survivor activist.

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Read more about the article Happiness comes from what we think and do
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Happiness comes from what we think and do

by author Rachel Kelly.

January is the time of year when many of us, old and young, pause to reflect on the year that’s passed and make plans for the year ahead. Some of us write resolutions, others a list of goals – all with the intention of becoming that little bit happier.

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Read more about the article How well do you really understand anxiety?
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How well do you really understand anxiety?

by blogger Julia Whiting.

With a new year ahead it can seem daunting for a young person thinking about all the different things coming up in the school/college year. Exams and the pressure of project/coursework completion can lead to anxiety and apprehension as can the social structure of a young person’s life in being accepted and keeping up with the impacts of social media.

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Get Some New Year Positivity In Your Life

by self-help expert Dr Pam Spurr.

There’s nothing like New Year to rock a new attitude. I don’t believe in classic resolutions though because people make massive promises they just can’t keep.

Instead below are small steps to put into action to make 2016 the best year for you. This begins with self-care. That’s the buzzword in the self-help world so get started in 2016 taking care of you.

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Read more about the article How to Set Your Boundaries when Dating
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How to Set Your Boundaries when Dating

by self-help expert Dr Pam Spurr.

We all have different expectations of what ‘dating’ or a ‘date’ is. For some it’s going out with your friends and theirs as a group. Hanging out and letting things develop in the safety of your group.

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How to Set Your Boundaries with Friendships

by self-help expert Dr Pam Spurr.

In an ideal world friends are always there for each other, kind and caring. But in the real world most of us get a taste of when friends have bad moods. Or you fall out. Or you get envious because your friend suddenly wants to hang out with other people too.

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Why did you quit smoking?

We’ve been asking people recently why they gave up smoking, and how it has impacted their life.

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Read more about the article Respect Yourself teams up with AwarenessCraft
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Respect Yourself teams up with AwarenessCraft

AwarenessCraft is an event that is held to raise awareness and funds for good causes through gaming.

This month, an event will be held to help Respect Yourself raise funds to create a smartphone app, so that we can reach many more young people at a fraction of our costs. (more…)

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