mental health

Brits could be at risk of being left vulnerable in society due to an inability to use digital payment methods

30.6 million Brits currently at risk of digital exclusion due to a drop in cash use

At least 30.6 million Brits could be at risk of being left vulnerable in society due to an inability to use digital payment methods amidst a significant drop in cash use, new data reveals.

Global Payment Trends collates official data from payment reports and demographic statistics to reveal the potential societal repercussions of digital exclusivity, whereby coins, banknotes and...

Outdoor offices can offer you a tranquil place to work

Five ways garden offices can boost mental wellbeing

With remote working looking to stay for the near future, our home offices are the beating heart of our work day. As such, it’s important for these offices to help us differentiate work from home. The commute is gone, and for some of us, the laptop we use for work is also the same one which we use as we put our feet up and watch the latest episode of Bridgerton on Netflix.


Exercise can help us feel more mentally resilient

#LIFTWEIGHTDONATE The challenge to lift your spirits

Lockdown and the pandemic has impacted the mental health of millions across the UK and research released today by the UK’s biggest fitness and sports retailer, Sports Direct , has revealed that a significant 87% of young people between 18 and 24 years old feel that their mental health has deteriorated during the third national lockdown. Sadly, young women have been disproportionately affected...

Help on hand for parents and carers throughout the pandemic

Free guides for parents and children as pressure on wellbeing increases

With another national lockdown and school closures, the weighty responsibility of the wellbeing and health of many young people is again being borne by parents and carers across the UK. As young people’s mental health is suffering, they often don’t know where to turn.

Despite their best efforts, parents and carers aren’t always equipped with the training or know-how that...

AI voices

Artificial Intelligence: Can AI voice analysis help our wellbeing?

Human ears are attuned to aspects of the spoken voice such as pitch and intensity, which means we can pick up on nuances within someone else’s voice. That helps us identify when someone is happy, sad, depressed, angry and so on.

By converting the human voice to data, computer programs can learn to not only understand the spoken word and respond accordingly (think Siri or Alexa) but...

Tips to keeping well during lockdown

How to stay positive in the third lockdown

Although we have now entered into Lockdown 3, Psychotherapist Noel McDermott remains optimistic and applauds people in Britain for complying with restrictions and containing the current second wave. He reassures us that this type of winter spike in infections is normal in pandemics and is as we expected. Infections are not out of control; they are high, and the government is responding to the...

Employees are becoming increasingly emotionally remote

Boundaries between work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred

More than half (52%) of UK employees agree that the boundaries between their work and home life are becoming increasingly blurred, according to the latest research by Aviva.

Aviva’s new report - ‘ Embracing the Age of Ambiguity’ - explores the impact that ambiguity is having on key areas of working life, from wellbeing and work-life balance to employee-employer relationships....

‘lockdown loneliness’ and its impact is as high as 27% in the UK

27% of the UK is lonely in lockdown

As England is once again in lockdown, new research shows the rate of ‘lockdown loneliness’ and its impact on mental health is as high as 27% in the UK. As the NHS strains to support an increase in mental health conditions, the Flow headset and therapy app treatment for depression, the first of its type to be medically approved in the UK and EU, aims to tackle ‘lockdown loneliness’ and mental...

Since lockdown Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions

Childline launches its Nobody is Normal campaign

Since lockdown measures were first introduced Childline has delivered nearly 43,000 counselling sessions about mental and emotional health, with children reaching out for help with issues including loneliness and low self-esteem.

The NSPCC, which runs Childline, can also reveal that the number of contacts about body image, gender and sexuality increased since the first national...

An app is being designed to prevent anxiety and depression

Young people recruited to harness smartphones to improve wellbeing

Young people across Europe are being recruited to a trial to put their smartphone addiction to good use, via an app designed to prevent anxiety and depression and improve wellbeing.

Researchers at the University of Exeter are leading a pan-European project to recruit young people aged between 16 and 22 years to use the app. It brings together the latest research on self-monitoring,...