Author Archives: Carolyn Barber

In Search of Meaning …

This is a quote from a psychiatrist called Viktor Frankl who wrote a book called Man’s Search for Meaning. He makes the case that those who deal best with the most challenging and difficult life circumstances are those who can … Continue reading

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And Breathe …

Daily breathing exercises has to be the number one priority for psychological resilience!If you can practice breathing for just 5 minutes twice a day, morning and evening, this will reduce stress and anxiety, and help increase energy. Not immediately, but … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

We’ve all had to cope with dramatic changes in our daily lives in the last few weeks. Restrictions on our movements, threats to livelihoods, fear of illness, actual illness, loss of purpose – these all impact on our emotional health and psychological … Continue reading

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The mental health challenges of a pandemic!

by Carolyn Barber If you said that you planned to run a marathon, you might expect to put in place regular fitness training and running practice. You would try to eat more healthily, stop smoking and drinking alcohol, all to prepare yourself physically for … Continue reading

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Update from the Good Mental Health Coop

Owing to the coronavirus public health emergency, we have suspended all project activities being delivered and planned by the Good Mental Health Coop. We are very much aware that community based support groups and activities are a very real lifeline for … Continue reading

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Paulsgrove Wellbeing Fayre

You may be feeling anxious, stressed or socially isolated, or you may be worried about a friend or a family member, or you may just be interested to know more about good mental health and wellbeing, and the availability of … Continue reading

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From the Heart Poetry Recital – Sunday 1 March

As part of Portsmouth Bookfest, this event is the culmination of a series of workshops run by poet Maggie Sawkins to encourage people to learn a poem off by heart. Those taking part in the project are joined by local … Continue reading

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Time to Talk?

The first Thursday in February every year is Time to Talk day across the UK raising awareness of how important it is to talk about mental health and change lives. We’ve organised a Wellbeing Fayre at the Mountbatten Centre with … Continue reading

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Books Alive! launch event

Real Stories from Real People We recruit volunteers to start conversations about personal life experiences to challenge stigma and discrimination. Our inspirational volunteers become ‘living books’ to share their stories, and give you the opportunity to ask the questions you … Continue reading

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Kindness counts at the Good Mental Health Cafe Wed 13 Nov

You can be sure of a friendly welcome if you visit the Lily&Lime Cafe on the third floor of Portsmouth Central Library anytime between 2 and 6pm on Wednesday 13 November. Our monthly Good Mental Health Cafe will be up … Continue reading

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