‘What children and teenagers need to know about life in order to live well’ Conference 15 June 2019, The Child Centre for Mental Health London

Apr 27 2019

The emotional brain of children and teenagers, why love hurts, the pain of sexual jealousy, rejection, hopelessness, blocked trust, why people want to live and why they want to die, are all topics which will be addressed at the conference ‘What children and teenagers need to know about life in order to live well’ taking place on Saturday 15 June 2019 at The Child Centre for Mental Health (CCMH) London. 

Through fascinating film footage and deeply moving case material, teachers and parents can learn how to present science and psychology-informed key information to young people on vital topics such as living with your emotional brain, why love hurts, how to make up after a row and knowing your brain chemicals so you can calm down effectively after stressful emotions instead of self-harming or turning to drink or drugs.

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Reading for pleasure to rewire our brains – Chatting to Dr Hilary Jones about reading as a health retreat for the brain

Apr 24 2019

I recently found a quote on a painting in Amsterdam that said ’Reading is not a pastime, it’s a way of life. It eases souls, and when you need it most, it’s a light in the dark’. This is exactly how I feel about reading for pleasure. I am a bookworm and I was curious to find out the long-term benefits of reading on our health when I was invited to a presentation by TV doctor Dr Hilary Jones about reading for pleasure as a health retreat for the brain at a recent health talk (over a luscious lunch at the Ivy Soho). Along with other experts Dr Hilary presented and discussed the latest research around reading, brain health and wellbeing. So what does reading hold for our health and wellbeing? 

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Me-time: Why parents shouldn’t feel guilty for taking time for themselves

Mar 18 2019

Me-time or no me-time? That is the question… Across the globe, there are 258 worldwide births per minute, resulting in a huge 516 individuals becoming parents for either the first time or expanding their family further every 60 seconds. Only parents know the true extent that having a child can have on your life, with time, energy and undivided attention required at all times. With no pre-written handbook to give answers to the meaning of newborn cries, how to handle the ‘terrible twos’ phase or even how to complete primary education homework, the journey through parenthood, whilst hugely rewarding, can also be exhausting. 

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