Author Archives: Carolyn Barber

Building a Mentally Healthy Community with Kindness

Kindness originates from the old English word ‘cynd’ – which means community. Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme chosen because of the pandemic experience we’re all going through is Kindness. Kindness is about our common humanity, and … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of our Mental Health

Social isolation is usually seen as damaging to our mental health – we are all encouraged to connect with others, join local groups, find ways to meet and communicate with people. Now we are having to distance ourselves socially, to … Continue reading

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Connect and Create

In Merseyside an award winning programme for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression, Creative Alternatives, was developed as part of a ‘social prescribing’ initiative. The idea is that a GP or any other professional could refer someone for this alternative prescription – creative activity … Continue reading

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Anxiety: Friend or Foe during Covid 19?

by Carolyn Barber In 2015 some French researchers looked at how an anxious person may be better prepared to deal with a crisis than their more laid back counterparts. “Anxious people process threats using regions of the brain responsible for action. Meanwhile, ‘low … Continue reading

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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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