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Here is our round up of the latest information in the field of mental health.  We hope you find it useful.

We are recruiting! Community Link Workers – Counselling specialist (Gateshead based)

North East Counselling Services was founded in July 2006 by carers as a result of personal experience. Incorporated as a Community Interest Company (CIC), we work for the benefit of the community and not for private advantage. We have a built in asset lock which ensures that any profits are passed back into the community …

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Off to university?

What’s happening in the world of mental health? Off to university? Don’t forget to look after your mental health Starting university is a rush of emotions.  Pride, disappointment, excitement, nerves and many others. We know that mental health problems are increasing.  We also know that how you react to change can have a huge impact …

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5 simple ways to reduce your stress levels

And the problem is vast – 74% of us have felt an overwhelming level of stress according to research from the Mental Health Foundation. Stress can affect us in different ways, both mentally and physically.  The feeling of stress come from the hormones cortisol and adrenaline which flood our body when we are faced with …

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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.   What does healthy self-esteem look like? You probably have a solid sense of who you are and you’re confident in your own skin. Fundamentally, you believe you …

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What’s your love language?

What is a love language? According to author Dr Gary Chapman there are five love languages.  You can find out what your preferred love language is by taking the test on the website. Dr Chapman has delivered couples counselling for decades.  Over this time he noticed that problems arise when each member of the couple …

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Back to school anxiety

The impact of Covid-19 Children and young people have had a really tough 18 months.  Lots of them have missed out on school.  Some have missed exams. Dealing with constant change hasn’t been good for their mental wellbeing.  Lots of them will be feeling anxious about returning to school in September. There is a lot …

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What can I expect from counselling?

We want you to understand what might happen to make you feel a bit more relaxed about getting the support you need. Before your appointment The process actually begins before your first session.  To get  your first appointment you can either call us on 0191 4661314 or fill in this form. It’s really important that …

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The double edged sword of mental health awareness

He is stating that around 50% of children claim they have a mental health problem.  He’s also stating that they think it’s cool to say they are depressed.   We hear the phrase that mental health is “just the new bad back” a lot.  It’s something that people can’t see so people can take advantage of …

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How to help boys who are angry

It’s generally accepted that young boys are angry.  We see it all of the time on the TV.  But is it the way it’s supposed to be?  And how can we change it? What’s the situation? We’ve found this great article by our colleagues at Place2be which addresses this issue.  It will help you to …

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Counsellors in primary schools

Counsellors who work in schools know how valuable their work is.  They see young people at a time when things aren’t going well for them. Young children might not know when they need help.  They often don’t have the words to explain. Sometimes their parents spot the signs.  Sometimes it’s the school.  If they can …

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Early intervention and children’s mental health

NECS were delighted to read about this study carried out by our colleagues at Place2Be.  They have carried out some extensive research into how swift access to counselling can have a positive impact on a young person’s mental health – not just in the short term, but into their future too. Early intervention is key …

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Improving your child’s mental health outcomes

And it’s certainly borne out by the children and young people who access counselling with us today.  Even a large number of the young adults who attend counselling have been impacted by their upbringing. It’s not just adverse childhood experiences We hear a lot in the media about those children who have been brought up …

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Change and me

How do I react to change? For example, we might react to change by trying to block out difficult feelings or by getting angry by things we can can’t control.  This can cause a huge problem for our mental health. We sometimes think that we are just programmed for life.  That the way we react …

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How to improve your child’s low self-esteem

Where does low self-esteem come from? You might be shocked that your child has low self-esteem.  To understand where the this comes from there are lots of explanations from experts in the field.  We’ve listed some here to aid your research. Whatever the reasons, we share 5 ways to incorporate positive changes into everyday life …

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Relationship breakdown and children

Will separation have a negative impact on my children? It’s commonly accepted that divorce or separation has a negative impact on children, but is this always the case? In the 11 months to the end of May, we delivered counselling to over 3158 hours of counselling to 433 children aged 4-18.  They tell us they …

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When is the best time to access counselling?

Why is the timing important when accessing counselling. You might be experiencing problems and wondering when you should ask for help. This blog will help you to decide.  Last month’s blog described your mental health as a pan of spaghetti.  When you feel as though you can’t see the wood for the trees then maybe …

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What’s spaghetti got to do with my mental health?

How do you see your mental health problems? For me, I visualise my brain as a pan of spaghetti when I’m struggling.  When you take spaghetti out of the packet it’s all nice and straight and separate.  Then you put it into boiling water and it starts to tangle up. The harder you boil the …

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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.  If you are the person experiencing depression you might find it hard to express how you feel. We have …

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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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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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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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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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