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Is your nest empty now your children have gone to university?

Have you dropped your last child at university? This time of year can be difficult for parents.  So, your young adult has been away from home for a week.  How are you feeling?  Were there tears as you said goodbye?  Have you been upset over the last week?  Wandering around like a lost soul? It …

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Starting university – keep an eye on your mental health

At NECS we can’t believe how quickly 2020 appears to have gone.  For example, how has it got to Freshers week again? Change can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.  Which is why going to university can be so dramatic.  It probably the first time you’ve lived alone.  So, not only are you …

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Managing your child’s anxiety about going back to school

We’ve all had a really turbulent 6 months since lockdown started, and it’s only normal that both parents and children might be anxious about returning to school. While it’s normal to feel anxious because the situation is unknown, letting your child’s anxiety get out of control could have a big impact on their school work …

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Three common COVID-19 mental health problems that may be affecting you and how to combat them

The global Coronavirus pandemic has thrown us into a collective level of unprecedented change. The negative impact on our mental health is already beginning to show, according to this research on Populus, while we come to terms with our new way of life. Whilst it’s impacting people in different ways, as with many mental health …

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Supporting research into the impact COVID-19 has had on business owners’ mental health

We’re delighted to announce our support for a new research study in association with MMC Research & Marketing. The research aims to understand the current landscape relating to existing and new mental health conditions across the UK business community and how we can support them now and into the future. The research is in partnership …

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5 simple ways to reduce your stress levels

Stress can affect us in different ways, both mentally and physically. The way our bodies react with the “fight or flight” instinct will depend on our levels of emotional resilience to the things that bother us (known as stressors). Stress is one of the most common issues our clients require our support for. And the …

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How to improve your child’s low self-esteem

Low self-esteem is one of the most common presenting issues we see in the children and young people who come through our counselling service.  These children may appear to have a low opinion of themselves, as we explain in our blog on self-esteem. They may also lack confidence, seeing themselves or their achievements in a …

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4 ways to maintain a strong relationship when you and your partner express love in different ways

It’s completely normal to want different things to your partner when it comes to what movie to put on or what you fancy for dinner.  But when you want different things out of your relationship, things can get a bit more fraught. Does it spell the end when one partner celebrates every milestone or special …

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What to expect in your first counselling session

If you haven’t experienced counselling before, it’s likely you won’t know what to expect. This might lead to worry or confusion that might even put you off taking those first steps. In this article we walk you through what to expect in your first NECS counselling session. Before your appointment The process actually begins before …

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10 quotes to help you understand depression

In England, one in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (including depression) in any given week according to an NHS study. However, it can be difficult to understand depression if you’ve never experienced it, or articulate what it feels like if you’re going through it.  Here are ten quotes that might strike …

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How to handle Christmas apart from your children after a separation

  Spending Christmas apart from your children can be a very emotional experience.  It might make you feel sad and lonely, angry and resentful, and alone and isolated.  And these are all perfectly normal reactions.  But Christmas doesn’t need to end because your relationship has – it just needs to change. Taking a positive approach …

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How to cope with loneliness at Christmas

  If you’re spending Christmas alone it can be far from “the most wonderful time of the year”.  Instead, it can shine a light on what we feel like we’re missing in our lives.  And if you’re already feeling low, the festive period can be especially hard, as there’s a big difference between how your …

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What is self-esteem?

Self-esteem is your estimate of your own self-worth. It’s the confidence you have in yourself and your own abilities and the amount of respect you treat yourself with.   Your self-esteem has a huge impact on the quality of your life.  What does healthy self-esteem look like? If you have healthy self-esteem, you have a solid …

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What causes social anxiety?

Social anxiety is a condition that causes sufferers to experience incapacitating fear around social situations.  If you suffer from social anxiety, something as simple as answering the phone or speaking to a checkout assistant can trigger an anxiety attack.  Social anxiety is a complex disorder that doesn’t have a single, easily-explained cause. However, in this …

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7 tips to calm down when you’re angry

Everyone gets angry – it’s a natural human behaviour.  But when anger manifests in an aggressive way, scaring others, your children, or even yourself, you may need support in learning to control it.  Take a look at our tips below to get more control of your emotions. Learn your early signs If you find yourself …

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4 simple habits that will improve your confidence

Self-confidence is an essential ingredient to a happy and healthy life, but it’s often hard to find.  And when your confidence leaves you, it can sometimes feel like you’re never going to get it back.  However, there are plenty of simple things you can do to get back to feeling like yourself.  And while there …

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4 tips for dealing with money worries in your relationship

It might not come as a surprise to you that, according to a recent study by the legal firm Slater and Gordon, money worries are the biggest reason married couples split up. In fact, the survey revealed that 23% of couples had argued with their partner about money in the last fortnight. A lot of …

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How to tell if you have depression: The 9 most common symptoms of depression

Depression affects different people in different ways. And without the support of a professional, it’s often hard to tell the difference between sadness, which is a healthy emotion everyone feels in response to bad things that happen in their lives, and clinical depression, which is a mental health issue you don’t need to suffer through. …

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5 ways to bring more calm into your life

  A major part of anxiety is worrying – negative thoughts and emotions running through your mind relentlessly, with seemingly no end in sight.  Whether you worry about something realistic (financial concerns) or hypothetical (often starts with “What if…”), worrying can quickly consume you and impact every aspect of your life.  It can also affect …

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5 simple ways to improve your self-esteem

Low self-esteem can affect anyone, at any time, and it can often go hand-in-hand with other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  Whether it’s a long-term condition or just a string of recent setbacks that has made you think negatively about yourself, follow these self-care tips to get back to feeling like yourself …

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Supporting ex-servicemen and women, their families and carers

We are pleased to announce that we’re partnering with Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) on a project supporting ex-servicemen and women, their families and carers here in the North East. For some ex-service personnel, especially those who need more support, the road to care can seem complicated and inaccessible. The Northern Care Coordination Partnership (NCCP) …

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Why am I not happy with my life?

Sometimes we feel unhappy and have no idea why. It can leave you feeling like you have a hole in your stomach that you’re unable to fill. You may try to find ways to fill this hole through retail therapy, changing jobs, ending relationships or by trying to do as many tasks as possible in …

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Circular discussions

There are times when we feel as though we’re stuck in a loop when we talk to someone. We keep having the same discussion again and again without any resolution. If your conversations look like the diagram below, this is where you can take control of the situation and get something meaningful out of it …

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What’s the difference between anxiety and depression?

With one in four adults in the UK experiencing a mental health condition each year, we’re beginning to come across the terms anxiety and depression more and more in our daily lives. But what’s the difference between them? In this article, we’ll walk you through what both anxiety and depression can feel like. We’ll also …

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January and February are the peak times for couples filing a divorce

Solicitors state that January and February are the peak times for filing a divorce The first Monday in January is the busiest day of the year for legal professionals who deal with divorces. The numbers of couples breaking up and filing for divorce stay at a high over January and February. We will look at …

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Teachers Need Help…

  Five steps to mental wellbeing Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. If you give them a try, you may feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life. What is mental wellbeing? Sarah Stewart-Brown, professor of public health at the University of Warwick …

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Are you dreading your child starting school?

Are you dreading your child starting school? If you are a stay at home parent, you may be dreading the beginning of September when your child starts school. If it is your only child, or the youngest child, not having them at home through the day is going to make a big difference to you. …

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Five Steps…To Feel Good – Children and Young People

  5 steps for children and young people to feel good about themselves Life can be difficult at times in your childhood and teenage years.  This is because so much is changing and developing and it happens very quickly.  It can feel unpredictable.  There can be additional pressures like exams, relationships, bullying, family problems, bereavement …

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Presenteeism – What is it? And is it real?

  Is presenteeism real and what is it? Let’s start with what presenteeism is? Presenteeism is about being present in the workplace for more hours than required and can develop due to insecurity in your job. Is this a problem and is it real? An article in personnel today states that employees lose 30 days …

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My wife is going through the menopause – what do I do?

Dealing with the menopause can be difficult for all of the family – what do I do? Every woman experiences the menopause – it literally means the stopping of periods.  Before her periods stop, there are hormonal changes taking place which prepare the body for when she no longer ovulates.  The normal age for going …

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Meet Kieran – The Office Junior, Suffering From Grief

  Do you know someone like Kieran, who’s suffering from grief? This is Kieran, the Office Junior.  He’s struggling to come to terms with the loss of his and Ryan’s friend.  His gran died last year from cancer and he’s Ellie’s son so he is scared to death that she has cancer and is going …

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Meet Norma – the Call Centre Worker, Struggling With The Menopause

  Do you recognise similar issues in your staff as Norma, the Call Centre Worker, who is struggling with the menopause? Norma works in a local call centre, WeWorkHard, based in Newcastle. Each day they answer lots of calls per hour and while she does love her job, there are a number of people off sick …

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Meet Wendy – Steve’s Daughter

  Do you know someone like Steve, whose daughter is causing him problems at your work? Wendy is Steve’s daughter.  Although she doesn’t work for the company it really feels like she is having a big influence on it.  She used to be an absolute angel and you never heard anything but good about her, …

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Meet Sally – The CEO, Who’s Tired Of Staff Problems

  Meet Sally, the CEO of WeWorkHard, who’s tired of dealing with staff problems that are generally nothing to do with work! This is Sally – she started the WeWorkHard company on her own 10 years ago, and she didn’t realise what a success it would become but is struggling with staff problems.  She’s had …

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Meet Olivia – The HR Manager (postnatal depression)

  Do you know someone like Olivia, who’s struggling Postnatal Depression at your work? Olivia is your HR manager.  She has just come back to work after maternity leave and WeWorkHard is really worried about her, she could be struggling with postnatal depression.  She seems to have developed OCD or something that is causing her …

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Meet Ellie – The Receptionist

  Do you recognise someone like Ellie, the receptionist at your work? Ellie’s the WeWorkHard receptionist.  She’s a fab worker and is always happy and smiling with the people who visit and all the staff.  She has always been very reliable but just recently she’s been taking a lot of time off for hospital appointments …

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Meet Colin – The Team Leader Who Lacks Communication Skills

  Do you know someone like Colin, the Team Leader, who lacks communication skills with staff? Colin is one of your team leaders, but he’s causing you grief as he just doesn’t seem to know how to work with people as he’s lacking communication skills.  He was really good at his job so you decided …

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Meet Steve – The Admin Worker

  Do you know someone like Steve, the admin worker, who are struggling with family issues at your work? Steve’s having real problems outside of work, he discovered his wife has been having an affair and now they are arguing all the time.  He’s coming into work more than he should just to get out …

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Meet Ryan – The Apprentice

  Do you know someone like Ryan, the apprentice, who’s suffering from a bereavement in your workplace? Ryan is the WeWorkHard apprentice.  Recently one of his and Kieran’s friends had a crash and was killed. He was only 21.  Clearly, he’s suffering grief and bereavement?  WeWorkHard recruits from a small area so everyone knows everyone else …

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NECS Supports Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 #BeingOurselves!

  This year children, young people and adults are encouraged to celebrate their uniqueness as part of #BeingOurselves! Children’s Mental Health Week 2018. Children’s Mental Health Week 2018 highlights #Being Ourselves. “Being Ourselves” is important, it’s what makes us unique. The way we talk; interact with others; the way we look; our personalities; our beliefs and aspirations. We …

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Accountants suffer mental health issues

  Research reveals 30% of accountants suffer mental health issues which is more than general population Research by CV Library has shown that 30% of accountants suffer from mental health issues and 51% of them say that depression and anxiety leave them dreading going to work.  Bear in mind the general population reports 25% of people experiencing …

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Managers causing mental health problems at work?

  A study has revealed how managers may cause mental health issues with staff at work. This shocking study, from London Loves Business, reveals that 58% of respondents felt that their managers aren’t equipped to deal with staff experiencing mental health problems – and some even felt that their manager was causing mental health problems at …

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NECS Works launches to help business owners and their staff

  NECS Works Has the Perfect Gift for Employees Feeling the Pressure North East Counselling Services (NECS), is pleased to announce the launch of a new service, NECS Works. As the festive season brings extra stress, both at home and work, we are now offering our expert services to local businesses to help support stressed …

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Read the signs of mental illness in your workforce

Your staff are the most important asset of your business, however, can you read the signs of mental illness in a staff member. Maintaining and developing productivity is key but mental health issues can affect everyone in different ways. It is well documented that 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health …

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Coping with a workplace death

Any owner who has the unfortunate experience of coping with a workplace death will tell you that it’s an experience they don’t want to go through again. A workplace death is something that is often not thought about until it happens. Not only does the owner or chief executive have to deal with their staff …

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Stress in the workplace

Stress in the workplace – can counselling help my business? Stress in the workplace The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have established that 13.1 million days at work are lost every year due to stress, depression and anxiety. This has an estimated cost to British industry of between £7.7 and £11.1 billion, with the average absence …

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Dealing with bullying in the workplace

  Bullying is the workplace can have a significant on any business so how do you deal with it? Workplace bullying can exist in any business, in any size or sector. Bullying itself can be recognised in many different ways, however, if its not addressed it can have a significant impact on a staff member …

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Executive Director at Coutts

When one of the top financial institutions puts information on their website about mental wellbeing – and the story of one of their executives – it must be cause for celebration.  There are lots of people who struggle at work but don’t want to be seen as “weak” because they are experiencing stress or depression.  …

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Employees not getting enough sleep?

This excellent article Stress: The modern-day affliction of a business world by Aurum Gold Ltd. On reading the article it touches upon mental health in the financial services sector and how a lack of sleep can have an impact on performance. Despite working more hours, staff in the UK have low productivity.  Is lack of sleep …

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Who can you talk to if you’re stressed at work?

An interesting article, published by the BBC, demonstrates how you can be stressed at work and it’s not work related. As a owner manager, how do you deal with this? Natalie Hall shares openly how it’s difficult holding down her job and performing well when she suffers with an anxiety and depression disorder, something she …

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