Mental health in universities

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Over 80% of students have had a mental health problem over the last year. Whether that’s due to exam stress, previous conditions, or other, new factors, the number is far too big to ignore. But what’s the reason behind this, and what are universities doing to challenge it? London School of Economics (LSE) has recently come under fire for their approach to a student … Read More

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The hidden face of male depression

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The number of men taking their own lives has been steadily increasing since 2001 and is currently the highest it has ever been. Suicide is now the U.K’s leading cause of death in men under 50. The figures are alarming and yet only 25% of the people currently seeking help for depression in the U.K are men. According to the DSM IV … Read More

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Social media addiction

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The immediate gratification of social media is both a blessing and a curse in the pursuit of mindfulness. Today, the message that practising meditation is good for you is as mainstream as the message that smoking is bad for you – and equally as true. So why is it so hard to make time for meditation? Most reasons can be easily … Read More

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Scheduled worry time

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Scheduled worry time is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique that helps reduce anxiety. Used alongside mindfulness it can help us to learn how to ‘worry more effectively’. Everyone worries from time to time and we generally don’t have immediate control over this. Whether it’s undesirable future events or things that happened in the past, some of us have a tendency to worry about … Read More

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Bibliotherapy: Can reading heal you?

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I read an article on bibliotherapy that got me thinking this week.  “Take two chapters daily – how to prescribe fiction.” The article discussed the idea that GPs are going to give books to help teenagers with mental health issues. Within the article two ‘seasoned bibliotherapists’ discussed the power of novels as therapy. Now, before we go any further, can I … Read More

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Clean eating, dirty eating…

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Today’s most popular diets aren’t just about achieving the current body trend of zero fat and chiseled abs. The most highly-marketed eating plans encourage us to show the world (through Instagram obviously) who we are. We are quite literally eating our identities. On one side of the ring are the folks who munch on nothing but the few products left without a … Read More

IVORY MagazineClean eating, dirty eating…