Author: Rebecca Hallworth

Here you will find our industry and company news as well as tips and advice on various mental health conditions. We share resident videos and downloadable resources which tell you a little more about us. This page is also dedicated to ‘Home Life’ so you can keep up-to-date with all of the activities and events from our services.

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    Life at Holland House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    Residents and team members celebrate the winners of the Northern Healthcare Awards 2021

    Northern Healthcare Awards 2021 Winners With over 300 nominations received for the Northern Healthcare Awards 2021, our Directors had the difficult decision of choosing our winners. From June 21st to 25th, they were out on the road to thank them…

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    Milnshaw House welcome Occupational Therapy students

    Practice placements are vital to the development of students as Occupational Therapists. In May Milnshaw House welcomed two Occupational Therapy students. In this article they explain why placements are so crucial to their professional development and what they learnt from…

  • “The company’s ethos is very much about providing person centered care to our residents.” | Corrina Matthews Service Manager, Amy Johnson House

    In this blog Corrina, Service Manager at Amy Johnson House in Hull explains the many different aspects of her role: “I started working for Northern Healthcare last October (2020) and it has been really rewarding watching the service filling up…

  • “Since beginning this role, the support and training I have received has been amazing.” | Hayley Matthews Service Manager, Hyde Park House

    In this article Hayley, Service Manager at Hyde Park House explains how the Northern Healthcare team support each other to provide a high quality service and the benefits of knowledge sharing and training to resident care: Support and training opportunities…

  • Life at Hyde Park House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone's needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Supporting someone living with schizophrenia

    Supporting someone living with schizophrenia can be hard if you don’t know what to do, but your help can make a huge difference. There are a lot of misconceptions attached to the diagnosis, so it is important to ensure you…

  • Life at Merchants House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

  • Life at Helena’s House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Here…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    Time to Talk Day 2021 | The Power of Small

    The 4th of February marks one of the biggest days in the mental health calendar, especially this year as it is the final year Time to Change will be hosting Time to Talk Day. So, we need to get more…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Homelessness and mental health | The impact of Covid-19

    Covid-19 has heighted the need to address the UK wide homelessness crisis. Between March and September 2020, over 50% of services across Great Britain reported an increase in need and demand for their services. In December 2020, Shelter published their…

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    7 Insider tips from the Northern Healthcare Recruitment Team

    Identifying what your potential future employer is looking for in their candidates will always give you the advantage over other applicants, so we interviewed Tori from the Northern Healthcare recruitment team to bring you the best tips and advice when…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    12 tips to look after your mental health this Christmas time

    It’s not long now until Christmas Day but for most of us it will be a little different this year, and whilst traditionally seen as the most wonderful time of the year, it’s ok to feel overwhelmed and struggle to…

  • Since I have come to Helena’s House, my life is so much happier…

    As part of a guided reflective activity residents from Helena’s House discussed their journey to Northern Healthcare. Marilyn one of our residents who particularly enjoys putting pen to paper decided to write about her journey to share with the team:…

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    Northern Healthcare show their support for The Trussell Trust Foodbank over the festive period

    Each year our teams and residents show their support for local communities and charities in a number of different ways. During the run-up to the festive period, Northern Healthcare Head Office partnered with Trafford South Foodbank and started a campaign…

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    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Supporting someone with a personality disorder

    In a previous blog we looked at the types of personality disorders, the causes and treatment. In this blog we look at how you can support someone living with a personality disorder and signpost some resources you may find useful.…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Personality Disorders | Types, causes and treatment

    A personality disorder is a condition that affects how you think, feel, behave and relate to other people. In this blog we look at the types of personality disorders, the conflicting views around the terminology, the possible causes and how…

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    Life at Grainger House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise classes, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals.…

  • I am hopeful for my future. I love being out of hospital, I love meeting my friends.

    Mental health problems affect 1 in 4 people every year. With the help of our residents, we are hoping to break down the misconceptions surrounding mental health, autism and learning disabilities and help people to access the support they need.…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    ADHD Awareness Month October 2020

    October is ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) awareness month, dedicated to raising awareness of ADHD and helping individuals and families find support. In this blog we explore what ADHD is, causes and treatments options as well as signposting organisations dedicated…

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    I imagine mental illness as a black storm, but you can feel a small, warm ray of sunshine | World Mental Health Day 2020

    Each person's experience of mental health is different, but by sharing our own experiences we can hopefully help others. For this year's "World Mental Health Day 2020" we asked our residents to share some of their experiences to hopefully help…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    World Mental Health Day 2020

    10th October 2020 is World Mental Health Day. It is a special opportunity to show your support for mental health and a time to reflect on your own wellbeing. This mental health day is the most significant one to date!…

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    Hidden Heroes Day | September 29 2020

    The 29th September 2020 marks the day we celebrate and thank our Hidden Heroes working in prisons, IRCs, probation and youth justice services for the outstanding service they provide every day and especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Butler Trust…

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    From Support Worker to Team Leader to Service Manager | Hayley’s Career Story

    "My journey to Service Manager started when I joined Northern Healthcare as a Support Worker in September 2018, and quickly formed strong bonds with my team members and residents. My role evolved to encompass some previous experience such as attending…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    The stigma surrounding mental health conditions and how it impacts recovery

    If someone is using a wheelchair would you question whether they need it? The answer is probably ‘no’. So why do some people question others when it comes to their mental health? A visible physical condition or disability is sometimes…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Suicide Prevention Day | September 10th 2020

    Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy. Nearly 800,000 people die due to suicide every year globally. World Suicide Prevention Day, taking place on the 10th September 2020, aims to continue the vital conversation about suicide; to show that…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    What factors affect our mental health? Understanding the social, physiological and environmental impact

    Our mental health is our level of psychological wellbeing. It encompasses our social, physiological and emotional states; someone who has good mental health may feel balanced in these areas of their life. This video from ‘Mental Health at Work’ helps…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    Samaritans | Talk to Us Campaign July 2020

    Each year in July Samaritans branches host local initiatives to raise awareness and discuss their services with their local communities. The #TalkToUs campaign kicked off on the 1 July, explaining the significance of the month long campaign, Samaritans shared: “…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Montgomery House receive High Sheriff Special Recognition Award

    The team at Montgomery House, a Northern Healthcare enhanced supported living service, were honoured to receive the ‘High Sheriff Special Recognition Award’ in acknowledgement of their outstanding contribution to their residents and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. High Sheriff…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Living with autism | Sensory overloads

    In a previous blog we discussed receiving a diagnosis of autism and some considerations for daily life and communication. In this blog we look at another key aspect of how someone living with autism may experience the world and how…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Autism | Diagnosis, daily life and communication

    Autism also known as ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way people see, hear and relate to the world. Being autistic doesn’t mean that you have an illness or disease; it means your brain works…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Loneliness during lockdown

    It is estimated that up to 30% of the UK population report feeling lonely on a regular basis or for a prolonged period of time. Sadly, one in ten people also feel like they do not have a close friend, and one in…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    COVID-19 Emergency Support Framework | Assessing the impact of the coronavirus on health care services

    As lockdown begins to ease, here at Northern Healthcare we are reflecting on the lessons learnt during the coronavirus outbreak. We made changes to the ways in which we support our residents and work together, as did our colleagues within…

  • A resident joins the Occupational Therapy team to become Mary Seacole’s Residents Activity Coordinator

    At Mary Seacole House, one resident, JH is taking an active role in championing resident volunteering and will be joining the Occupational Therapy team as our in-house, “Resident Activity Coordinator”. ‘Putting people first’ is much more than just a soundbite…

  • Life at Glen Garth House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Recent…

  • Life at Montgomery House

    Our supported living services are full of activities with a busy calendar of group cooking classes, exercise, health and nutrition workshops, 1-2-1 time and occupational therapy to suit everyone’s needs and help our residents to reach their recovery goals. Highlights…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    Rising to the challenges of COVID-19, the response of Northern Healthcare: Supporting people with long-term mental health problems

    Northern Healthcare's response to COVID-19 is now published in the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing The COVID-19 crisis has impacted on us all. However, as lockdown measures begin to ease, people living with long-term mental health problems will remain…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    National Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2020

    1 in 100 people will experience an episode of schizophrenia in their lifetime. Many people have heard of schizophrenia, but they may not understand what schizophrenia means for individuals living with the diagnosis. ‘National Schizophrenia Awareness Day’ takes place on…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week at Holland House

    During Mental Health Awareness Week, 18 - 24 May 2020, our teams and residents joined together (virtually) to highlight the importance of 'Kindness' and to raise money for the 'The Mental Health Foundation' - a service which provides invaluable support…

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    Holland House host lockdown concert to boost resident and team morale

    The team at Holland House welcomed professional musician Antony Ellis for an afternoon of singing and dancing to help raise spirits during lockdown. Alison Crosslands, Holland House Service Manager said: “Music is so important for our residents, we find it…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Coronavirus Update

    The COVID-19 Business and Service Continuity Panel  Review our response and ensure appropriate measures are in place as the situation changes to enable the safe continuation of our services. In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic Northern Healthcare has taken…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Milnshaw House | New enhanced supported living service now open in Accrington

    Northern Healthcare have now opened a new service in Accrington, providing enhanced supported living accommodation for people with mental health problems, autism and learning disabilities. Milnshaw House can accommodate up to 14 people in single en-suite rooms. The building also…

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    Northern Healthcare Annual Conference 2020 | Mental & Physical Health The Equal Evolution

    Industry experts discuss the evolution of the alliance between mental health and physical health, and the pathways from one to the other Event details This event from Northern Healthcare brings together mental and physical health care experts to share pioneering…

  • Montgomery house gear up for week-long cycle-a-thon in aid of The Mental Health Foundation | Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

    The team and residents at Montgomery House in Radcliffe are preparing for the ride of their lives this Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May 2020). Montgomery House have set an extremely impressive target - aiming to pedal 500 miles on…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    The impact of COVID-19 for people living with a long-term mental health diagnosis

    There has been mass media coverage in recent weeks concerning the coronavirus and the implications for the future mental health of the UK population. Researchers are highlighting that indications from recent mental health polls, along with evidence from previous national…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) | Supporting the recovery of those with a mental health diagnosis

    Can we change our behaviours by challenging the negative thought processes that lead to those actions? This is the premise of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is used to help people who are living with a mental health diagnosis or…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    The Northern Healthcare Awards 2019

    The Northern Healthcare Annual Awards celebrate our colleagues who go the extra mile to provide outstanding support to our residents, and who are passionate and committed to their role. We value each of our team members for their dedication to…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    7 Tips to manage stress | Stress awareness month April 2020

    Stress is something everyone experiences and feeling stressed is a natural reaction. But sometimes stress can feel constant, overwhelming or can even take over our everyday lives. Stress Awareness Month was founded in April 1992, with the aim of increasing…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    Eating disorders | The subtle signs and symptoms

    When we think of the term “eating disorder” we often associate it with an individual who starves themselves, but it has many applications. An eating disorder is an unhealthy attitude towards food. It can involve eating too much, or eating…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Amy Johnson House | New enhanced supported living service now open in Hull

    Northern Healthcare have now opened a new service in Hull city centre, providing enhanced supported living accommodation for people with mental health problems, autism, brain injury and learning disabilities. Amy Johnson House can accommodate up to 18 people in single…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    How to care for yourself and others during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

    For some people, the world will feel like a pretty scary place to be right now. As the cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have risen, it is only natural to feel anxious. A pandemic can have a detrimental effect on anyone’s…

  • The long and short of it | Montgomery resident braves the chop for the Little Princess Trust

    Montgomery House are becoming well known for the wonderful causes the team and residents champion! Whether they are running in Race for Life, baking for Macmillan Coffee morning, making Christmas gift boxes for the homeless or hosting an evening of…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Supporting a loved one with a bipolar disorder diagnosis

    The term ‘bipolar disorder’ can seem scary, especially if a loved one has received this diagnosis. The first step to knowing how you can help, is to learn as much as you can about bipolar. The more you know, the…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The positive impact of sleep on our mental and physical health

    Never underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Beauty sleep is a real thing, according to researchers who have shown that people who miss out on sleep do appear less attractive to others. According to a study, a couple…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Compulsive shopping and spending:  Are these habits signs of shopping addiction?

    Spending money is a necessity of life. Whether it’s your daily shop or a treat for the week, shopping has a pleasurable effect on the brain. But when does retail therapy, become a retail obsession? And, what can you do…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Nature & Mental Health

    Spending time in the great outdoors can have a positive effect on your mental wellbeing. Do you ever feel more positive after a long walk in the countryside? Or, if you’re more adventurous, after a hike? That’s the harmonious relationship…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Looking After Yourself at Christmas

    Although Christmas is a joyous time of year – for some it can be overwhelming. It is certainly not uncommon to feel drained around the holiday season. If you suffer from anxiety, depression, stress or addiction Christmas can trigger your…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    Carers Rights

    In recognition of Carers Rights Day, we have created an article outlining our constant support to all carers and support workers throughout the world. Carers carry out an amazing job, and without them - the lives of many people wouldn’t…

  • Northern Healthcare Company News

    The Northern Healthcare Model of Enhanced Supported Living

    Professor Kevin Gournay, our new non-executive chairman, along with Kelly Winstanley, Ashley Mancey-Johnson and Noel Tracey, have published a new article in the British Journal of Mental Health Nursing entitled “The Northern Healthcare model of enhanced living”. Abstract | Enhanced Supported…

  • Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Animal-Assisted Mental Health Recovery

    An emerging trend throughout the assistance to mental health recovery is seen in the form of animal-assisted (or pet) therapy – where animals are used to interact and help humans who are struggling with numerous mental health conditions such as…

  • Mental Health Awareness

    Ways that a company can help employees with learning disabilities

    With knowledge and understanding of learning difficulties on the rise, more and more employers are taking note and putting into place procedures to help suffering employees. The purpose of this article is to outline how an employer can assist the…

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