Tag: mental health

Here you will find our industry and company news as well as tips and advice on various mental health conditions. We share 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.

  • Insomnia

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    What is Insomnia?

    Insomnia is a common health condition that causes sleep issues that interfere with a person's ability to cope with daily life. In this blog post, we will discuss in detail what insomnia is, what causes it, how it is diagnosed,…

  • High-Functioning Depression

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    What is High-Functioning Depression?

    High-functioning depression can be difficult to spot. A person with high-functioning depression will usually experience the majority of the same symptoms as a person with clinical depression. The main difference is that the symptoms tend to be less debilitating. Sadly,…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental Health Awareness

    Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 2024!

    Mental Health Awareness Week is coming to a close, and we wanted to reflect on how we've supported it over the past seven days. In this article, we're going to recap what Mental Health Awareness Week is about, the theme…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 at Northern Healthcare

    What is Mental Health Awareness Week? Created by The Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) runs every year and is the biggest opportunity for the UK to join together to focus on prioritising mental health. “The week aims…

  • Mental Health Crisis

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    How to Respond to a Mental Health Crisis

    *Sensitive content. Please note that this article may be triggering to some. If you need help please reach out, there are resources listed at the bottom of this page. If you are seriously worried about yourself or a loved one,…

  • Cat Sleeping

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Why Do We Need Sleep?

    Sleep is essential and affects our physical, mental, and social health. It is considered one of the most essential functions of the body and directly impacts how we feel on a day-to-day basis. We all do it and we all…

  • Paranoia

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    What is Paranoia?

    In this article, we explore what paranoia is, examples of paranoia, its causes and its relation to mental health conditions. We will also look at the effects of paranoia alongside ways to support a loved one suffering from the condition.…

  • Talking Therapy

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Talking Therapy

    In this blog post, we'll explore the different types of talking therapy currently available. "One adult in eight (12.1%) receives mental health treatment, with 10.4% receiving medication and 3% receiving psychological therapy."  Not one box fits all, and therapy must…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Northern Healthcare Welcome New Chief Executive Officer

    Please join us in welcoming our new CEO, Nicola Forshaw, to the Northern Healthcare team. Nicola brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her role and is excited to lead and support our organisation through the next exciting chapter.…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    In this blog, we explore what Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is, the symptoms, the treatment, how it can affect your mental health and how you can support a loved one. What is ADHD? ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is…

  • Psychosis

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice


    Psychotic disorders affect fewer than 1 in 100 people in the UK in any given year.  In this article, we explore what psychosis is, the symptoms, the causes as well as the treatment. We will also provide the best ways to support…

  • Dissociative Disorders

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Dissociative Disorders

    In this blog, we are exploring dissociative disorders. We will look at what they are, the symptoms, the types, the diagnosis, and treatments available, and how you can support a loved one with a dissociative disorder. Please note that some…

  • Binge Eating Disorder Blog

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Eating Disorders: Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

    In the third blog of our series highlighting the different types of eating disorders, we are going to explore Binge Eating Disorder (BED). In this article, we look at the characteristics and symptoms, the treatments available, and how you can…

  • Physical Health Awareness Month at NHC

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    Physical Health Awareness Month at Northern Healthcare

    As we welcome in the New Year at Northern Healthcare our Quality and Governance Team is launching an awareness roadshow! They will focus on a different skill or topic each month and share their expertise and resources with each of…

  • New Year's Resolutions

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    New Year, New You? Four New Year’s Resolutions to Consider in 2024

    Health and fitness fads can be hard to avoid as we head into the new year. But what about long-term health and lifestyle changes? Positive New Year's resolutions are always worth making, but at your own pace and on your…

  • Lauren Carral, Rising Star at NHC Awards

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    Rising Star Award Winner | Lauren Carral, Team Leader

    After celebrating her win at our NHC Awards 2023, we caught up with Lauren Carral. What is your role at Northern Healthcare, and how did you get into it? My role at Northern Healthcare is Team Leader. I got the…

  • Team Milnshaw at The Great British Care Awards

    Northern Healthcare Company News

    The Great British Care Awards Finalists

    We are PROUD to announce that we are The Great British Care Awards finalists! The Great British Care Awards celebrate excellence across the care sector. With twenty one award categories, they pay tribute to organisations and individuals who demonstrate outstanding excellence…

  • Someone sat in a waiting room

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    What to do While Waiting for a Diagnosis

    For some getting a diagnosis can either be seen as a positive or negative experience. While one individual might feel relief and hope, finally putting a name to what has been affecting their quality of life. However, others might find…

  • Hands in dirt planting something

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

    Gardening is an activity enjoyed by all and has seen a recent boost in popularity. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and many people being confined to their homes, the garden became the new place to be and the best hobby…

  • Graphic of our #MeWorryFree campaign

    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2023: #MeWorryFree

    It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year, the theme is anxiety. As one of the most prominent mental health illnesses, anxiety has and will most likely affect everyone at some point in their lives. From exam pressures to starting…

  • iPhone blue light glowing in darkness.

    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Screen time and how it affects our mood

    Screen time and how it affects our mood   Screen time and blue light are words you might have heard before but you’re not quite sure what they mean. In this blog we seek out the answer to how screen…

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    The Adult Health and Social Care Budget is to be Cut by £250m by The Government in England this Year

    The adult health and social care budget has been halved After announcing plans for the health and social care budget on April 4th 2023, the government has unfortunately made the decision to drastically reduce funding. The government confirmed that the…

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    Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Stress Awareness – It’s Time to Take Action

    Ever since 1992 April has been Stress Awareness Month held by the Stress Management Society to raise awareness of one of the biggest public health challenges that we are currently facing. The negative impact that stress has on all individuals…

  • person wearing oven gloves taking tray of muffins out of oven

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The Mental Health Benefits of Baking

    Baking is an activity enjoyed by many, young and old. But did you know that as well as resulting in delicious baked goods to enjoy, baking also has many mental health benefits? In this blog, we take a look at…

  • grey stripy notebook with white title box that reads "goals"

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Goal Setting and Mental Health | How Setting and Achieving Goals Can Boost our Mental Health

    Goal Setting and Mental Health We’re into a new year and we’re already a month in! Soon after we ring in a new year, many of us sit down and plan our goals or new year’s resolutions. But some of…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Signs, symptoms, treatment and support

    Whilst December is most commonly known for festivities, parties, and cheer, it is also cold, wet, and it goes dark very early! During this time of year, you may find yourself affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (also known as SAD).…

  • person in orange jacket walking along gravel path into sunlight

    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Stereotypes

    Mental health diagnoses are common across the world. Data collected by the United Nations (UN) suggests that in 2022, approximately a billion people worldwide have a mental disorder. In England alone, around 1 in 4 people will experience a mental…

  • addiction spelled out in white letters on wooden background

    Mental Health Awareness

    Addiction – Signs, Misconceptions and Treatment

    You may commonly hear others use the phrase “I’m addicted” when talking about something they love, or you may even use it yourself. But addiction is actually a mental health condition that can cause harm to you and those around…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    World Mental Health Day 2022 – Make Mental Health and Wellbeing for All a Global Priority

    World Mental Health Day is marked annually on 10th October and is all about raising awareness of our mental health and wellbeing. The theme for this year is, “Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority”, which has been…

  • World Suicide Prevention Day banner

    Mental Health Awareness

    World Suicide Prevention Day | Creating Hope Through Action

    *Sensitive content. Please note that this article mentions suicide. If you need help please reach out, there are resources listed at the bottom of this page. If you are seriously worried about yourself or a loved one, you can visit…

  • sign that reads "blah blah blah" in blue lighting

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Medical Jargon | Making Language More Accessible

    When reading medical notes or letters, or searching for information online, do you often find yourself trying to cryptically decode a series of letters, or frequently Googling the meaning of words to find out what they mean? Medical jargon is…

  • sunglasses on mound of sand with blue sky background

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Keeping Safe During Hot Weather

    In recent weeks, we have been experiencing extremely hot weather with unusually high temperatures here in the UK, and it is important that we are keeping safe in the heat. As well as keeping ourselves safe, certain vulnerable groups in…

  • white letters spelling Bulimia on brown background

    Mental Health Awareness

    Eating Disorders: Bulimia

    In the second blog of our series highlighting the different types of eating disorders, we are going to focus on bulimia. In this article, we look at the signs and symptoms, the treatment available, and how you can support a…

  • jumble of letters with word OCD in the middle

    Mental Health Awareness

    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | Signs, symptoms, and support

    How often do we hear the phrase, "that's my OCD", or, "you're so OCD"? It is a common saying in day to day life, but a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is actually pretty rare, affecting approximately 1.2% of…

  • Person walking away

    Mental Health Awareness

    National Schizophrenia Awareness Day 2022

    25th July 2022 is National Schizophrenia Awareness Day. Hosted by Rethink Mental Illness, the day aims to shine a light on the challenges individuals living with a schizophrenia diagnosis face. A schizophrenia diagnosis A schizophrenia diagnosis is usually confirmed by…

  • woman sitting on a rock with arms outstretched, facing a sunset

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    5 Ways to Wellbeing

    It is essential that we take care of our mental and physical wellbeing to ensure that we remain happy and healthy. There is evidence to suggest that there are 5 ways to wellbeing – the New Economics Foundation has analysed…

  • nutrition and mental health: plate of food on wooden board

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Food for thought | The role of nutrition in mental health

    Does the food that we eat have an effect on our mental health? Yes, there is plenty of research around the topic of nutrition and mental health, and overall, the findings point to a link between our diet and our…

  • model of brain | schizoaffective disorder

    Mental Health Awareness

    Schizoaffective disorder | Signs, symptoms and support

    On average, 1 in 200 people will develop schizoaffective disorder within their lifetime. Most commonly, it develops during early adulthood and is more prevalent amongst women than men. In this article we take a deeper look into schizoaffective disorder, including…

  • silhouette of person against red and pink sunset

    Mental Health Awareness

    Loneliness in the UK | Facts and figures

    Loneliness in the UK is a prevalent issue, and research has shown that it can have negative impacts on our mental health. The Covid-19 pandemic has also contributed to an increase in reports of loneliness over the past 2 years.…

  • social media influence: cup of coffee and phone on table displaying social media apps

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Social Media’s Influence on Mental Health

    Social media is a big part of modern life. According to the Statista Research Department, as of 2022 internet users worldwide spend an average of 147 minutes per day on social media. This has increased year on year and is…

  • tablet with screen displaying word anxiety on bright pink background with green doodles

    Mental Health Awareness

    All About Anxiety – Types of Anxiety Disorders

    What is anxiety? Anxiety is typically defined as a feeling of worry and unease. Everyone will likely experience feelings of anxiety during certain times in their lives, for example when preparing for a job interview or when going on a…

  • a group of women in pink and orange coats hugging

    Mental Health Awareness

    Women Pioneers in Mental Health | International Women’s Day 2022

    International Women’s Day 2022 falls on Tuesday 8th March, and this year’s theme is #BreakTheBias. The idea behind the theme is to raise awareness against gender bias, and celebrate women’s achievements. We’re doing our bit by taking a look at…

  • how to become a social worker


    How to Become a Social Worker

    There are many roles within the Health and Social Care sector, such as Support Workers, Service Managers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Counsellors and Social Workers, to name a few. This article focuses on how to become a Social Worker and the…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    Mental Health Inequality

    Poor mental health can affect anyone at any time in their lives, however unfortunately there are some people for who the likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem is higher than average. This results in health inequality not just across…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    The role of Occupational Therapy data in mental health support and treatment

    Historically, the development of occupational therapy arose from the treatment of mental health diagnoses. In 1928, Dr William Rush Dunton Jr., founder of the National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy (now known as the American Occupational Therapy Association),…

  • silhouette of a woman against an orange-purple background

    Mental Health Awareness

    Learning Disabilities and Feeling Lonely

    For many people, lockdown has exacerbated feelings of loneliness. For adults with learning disabilities, feeling lonely can be a long-term challenge, and one that they may have been experiencing prior to lockdown. Whilst everyone can experience feeling lonely at some point…

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    Medication and Mental Health – Let’s Change the Narrative

    One in eight adults in England receive mental health treatment, with 10.4% of these adults receiving medication as either sole or part of their treatment. (McManus S et al., 2014) Despite this, there is still stigma attached to the use…

  • bird with blue feathers on a background of white snow

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    Beating the January Blues

    January Blues [noun] Feeling low or down in January with a lack of motivation, usually due to cold weather and dark mornings. The January Blues are a common occurrence every year, after the excitement and busyness of the festive season…

  • phone screen displaying social media apps

    Mental Health Tips & Advice

    The impact of social media on mental health

    Social media has gained incredible popularity in recent years. From the humble beginnings of Bebo, MSN Messenger and Myspace, to the viral trends on TikTok and Instagram, social media platforms have now become much more interactive and creative. As of…

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    Northern Healthcare Careers in Adult Health & Social Care

    Careers in health and social care are extremely rewarding and varied. There are patient, resident or client-facing roles. At Northern Healthcare these include Support Workers, Team Leaders, Occupational Therapists and Mental Health Nurses. There are also valuable behind the scenes…

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    Mental Health Awareness

    ADHD Awareness Month | October 2021

    ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. October is ADHD Awareness Month, and this month the theme is all about reframing ADHD and discovering new perspectives. Much like many other mental health diagnoses, ADHD can often be misunderstood or misinterpreted. The purpose…

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    Northern Healthcare Company News

    Charity Fundraising 2021 | Northern Healthcare teams are raising funds for Mind

    This year, our services will be fundraising for our chosen charity for 2021-2022, Mind. Historically, our services have competed each year to raise the most money for Children in Need, with the winning service crowned our Fundraising Champions at our…

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    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…

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    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…

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