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Amber’s story: The hidden grief of being childless due to ‘social infertility’
Online CBT
7 Mins
November 21, 2022

Written by a member of our clinical team, based on her personal experience of ‘social infertility’. A relatively new term that describes women who are childless, but not by choice, and not due to any medical reason.

Are you having trouble sleeping?
Sleep
6 Mins
November 14, 2022

We all have restless nights now and again, but some people regularly have problems with their sleep, and this is known as insomnia. Not getting enough rest can have a significant impact on our mental health.

National Stress Awareness Day: managing stress by building resilience
Stress
6 Mins
October 31, 2022

If we spot the signs that we’re experiencing stress, we can address it before it becomes a problem. That’s the theme of this year’s National Stress Awareness Day (2 November 2022).

Money worries and mental health
Online CBT
7 Mins
October 24, 2022

In this blog, we’ll look at two strategies: getting the ‘what ifs?’ out of our heads, and problem solving where we can.

How to beat ‘the blues’ this winter
Depression
7 Mins
October 17, 2022

The winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects around two million people in the UK, and more than 12 million across northern Europe. Find out more about how we can build resilience through the winter.

Awareness Days
4 Mins
October 10, 2022

Post-pandemic pressures and other world issues have led to a growing international mental health crisis. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is to make mental health for all a global priority.

National Work Life Week: setting healthy boundaries
Awareness Days
5 Mins
October 3, 2022

The focus of this year’s National Work Life Week (10-14 October) is on increasing access to flexible working and finding the ‘flex’ in every role. Here are some ways you can achieve a better work/life balance.

Hypervigilance: what to do if you’re always ‘on alert’
PTSD
6 Mins
September 26, 2022

Have you ever felt like your senses are on high alert or constantly in ‘survival’ mode, and you can’t relax into conversations with friends, for instance, focus properly on your work, or fully enjoy activities?

Solving the causes of stress at work
Workplace
6 Mins
September 20, 2022

If you're experiencing stress at work, here are some steps you can take to address the causes - whether it's due to changes in where and how we work over the last couple of years or new responsibilities.

Processing feelings of grief and worry after the death of HRH The Queen
Depression
3 Mins
September 16, 2022

The loss of a key public figure can have a powerful impact on our feelings. We discuss useful starting points to cope with grief and manage feelings of uncertainty.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022: How we can create hope
Awareness Days
6 Mins
September 10, 2022

Suicide is never a comfortable subject to talk about - but by opening up, and allowing others to do the same, we can play a part in the global campaign to reduce suicide rates. Here's how you could help.

What is perfectionism?
OCD
6 Mins
September 5, 2022

Placing extremely high demands on ourselves to do things ‘correctly’ may be a sign of perfectionismHere are some ways to reduce how much your self-esteem depends on your accomplishments.

Online CBT

Online CBT
7 Mins
November 21, 2022

Written by a member of our clinical team, based on her personal experience of ‘social infertility’. A relatively new term that describes women who are childless, but not by choice, and not due to any medical reason.

Amber’s story: The hidden grief of being childless due to ‘social infertility’
Online CBT
7 Mins
October 24, 2022

In this blog, we’ll look at two strategies: getting the ‘what ifs?’ out of our heads, and problem solving where we can.

Money worries and mental health
Online CBT
6 Mins
August 15, 2022

We all get into unhelpful thinking patterns sometimes. There are a number of different types of thinking, the key to addressing the unhelpful thinking habit is to notice the emotional shift and catch it in the act.

Tackling unhelpful thinking styles
Online CBT
4 Mins
July 4, 2022

Typed CBT is designed to equip you to become your own therapist once you’ve finished treatment, continuing with what you’ve learned for the rest of your life. It's vital to prepare properly for this.

What happens after my online CBT sessions finish?
Online CBT
4 Mins
January 24, 2022

CBT is a highly collaborative treatment, which makes the relationship you have with your therapist really important. But as with any human relationship, things don’t always go smoothly.

Help – I’m not getting on with my therapist
Online CBT
6 Mins
December 20, 2021

Receiving a diagnosis you don’t want, whether it’s physical or psychological, is likely to make you fearful. The uncertainty means your mind will probably play out numerous possible scenarios and ‘what ifs’.

Dealing with a difficult diagnosis
Online CBT
6 Mins
November 8, 2021

If you’ve ever had CBT, you’ve experienced the life-changing work of Dr Aaron Beck, who has died at the age of 100.

The legacy of Dr Aaron Beck – the ‘father of CBT’
Online CBT
5 Mins
October 18, 2021

Research shows that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can work well for people with learning disabilities. Online CBT, where you type conversations with your therapist, lets you take treatment at your own pace.

CBT for people with learning disabilities
Online CBT
6 Mins
September 27, 2021

We often find there are things people hear or believe about CBT that don’t reflect reality such as 'I will be better after one session'. Here are some of the most common assumptions we come across – and the facts.

9 assumptions about CBT
Online CBT
6 Mins
August 31, 2021

Did you know that CBT is recommended by the NHS and NICE as a way of helping to manage chronic pain? We explain how it works.

Using CBT to manage pain

Anxiety, worry and stress

Stress
6 Mins
October 31, 2022

If we spot the signs that we’re experiencing stress, we can address it before it becomes a problem. That’s the theme of this year’s National Stress Awareness Day (2 November 2022).

National Stress Awareness Day: managing stress by building resilience
Stress
6 Mins
August 22, 2022

According to a survey, 40% of parents and carers feel stress, anxiety or dread when thinking about the school summer holidays. These tips might help make the last few weeks of the break easier and more fun for all.

Managing summer holiday stress
Anxiety
7 Mins
August 1, 2022

The terms ‘panic attack’ and ‘anxiety attack’ are sometimes used interchangeably, but the two things are not quite the same. In this blog, we’ll explore the key differences between them.

Am I having a panic attack, or an anxiety attack?
Anxiety
5 Mins
June 27, 2022

A ‘trigger’ is something that sets off an emotional response of some kind in the body. Understanding why this response happens can help us to make sense of and manage what's happening.

Understanding triggers
Stress
5 mins
May 30, 2022

When you experience strong feelings such as stress or anxiety, do you find yourself binge eating, grazing constantly during the day or restricting what you eat? If so, then you could be an ‘emotional’ eater.

Emotional eating
Anxiety
3 Mins
March 28, 2022

The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘confidence’ as “the quality of being certain of your abilities”. The good news is that it’s possible to learn and build confidence, much like we can with a skill like communication.

7 tips for feeling more confident
Anxiety
4 Mins
February 28, 2022

Racing or pounding heart, breathlessness, shaky legs, fluttery stomach, light-headedness…these are all symptoms we might experience if we have anxiety.

Physical signs of anxiety: what does it feel like?
Anxiety
5 Mins
February 14, 2022

Coming out is often portrayed as a largely positive experience and, for many, it will be - but that doesn't mean you won't feel anxious about taking the step.

Anxiety around coming out as LGBTQ+
Anxiety
7 Mins
October 25, 2021

Feeling anxious about using public transport can be a problem if it’s something you need or want to do. Here are some ideas that might help reduce your fears, including some CBT techniques.

Handling anxiety on public transport
Anxiety
6 Mins
August 9, 2021

Have you ever suddenly jolted awake in the middle of the night with your heart pounding? Or do you wake in the morning feeling a sense of dread, or immediately overwhelmed by stress?

Waking up with anxiety

Depression

Depression
7 Mins
October 17, 2022

The winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects around two million people in the UK, and more than 12 million across northern Europe. Find out more about how we can build resilience through the winter.

How to beat ‘the blues’ this winter
Depression
3 Mins
September 16, 2022

The loss of a key public figure can have a powerful impact on our feelings. We discuss useful starting points to cope with grief and manage feelings of uncertainty.

Processing feelings of grief and worry after the death of HRH The Queen
Depression
6 Mins
August 5, 2022

It’s very easy to find ourselves stuck in survival mode – especially after the past couple of years. By paying attention to our mental wellbeing, even when we’re 'OK', we can move forward to a more fulfilling life.

Are you thriving – or just ‘surviving’?
Depression
4 Mins
June 20, 2022

Watching someone you love suffer from depression is upsetting; their pain can sometimes become your pain. The first step is to recognise the symptoms of depression and understand how it can be treated.

Supporting someone with depression
Depression
6 Mins
April 18, 2022

Many of us will have had thoughts like "I can’t take this any more", or "It would be better if I wasn’t here". Sometimes these thoughts pop into our minds, without warning.

Intrusive thoughts about suicide
Depression
5 Mins
March 14, 2022

The terms ‘low mood’ and ‘depression’ are sometimes used interchangeably. While depression is a form of low mood, the two do have slightly different symptoms, and might need treating in a different way.

Low mood and depression – what’s the difference?
Depression
4 Mins
September 6, 2021

We all know about the special bond that exists between humans and their pets. People can lose pets for a number of reasons – not only due to them dying. Find out some ways to

How to cope with losing a pet
Depression
6 Mins
July 12, 2021

Going through a break-up can be difficult in a number of ways, and it's normal to feel a range of emotions, from grief to anger. There are some CBT principles and tools that might be useful...

Coping with a break-up
Depression
7 Mins
March 22, 2021

Many of us have thoughts we find worrying, confusing and even distressing. In this blog, we explore the three main types of ‘troubling’ thought people have, what’s behind them, and how we can manage them.

Why am I having these thoughts?
Depression
7 Mins
January 11, 2021

Anyone can feel lonely - and this year we could find ourselves particularly susceptible. While we can't change the rules of lockdown, there are steps we can take to manage any feelings of isolation.

Overcoming feelings of loneliness

Sleep

Sleep
6 Mins
November 14, 2022

We all have restless nights now and again, but some people regularly have problems with their sleep, and this is known as insomnia. Not getting enough rest can have a significant impact on our mental health.

Are you having trouble sleeping?
Sleep
6 Mins
July 18, 2022

Getting enough sleep – and sufficient quality – is important for maintaining good mental health. If you're having sleep issues, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to work well as a treatment.

The link between sleep and mental health
Sleep
6 Mins
March 7, 2022

Have you ever woken after a good night’s sleep with a fresh perspective on a problem or tough decision? The impact quality sleep can have on our mental health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day (18 March 2022).

Sleep
5 Mins
March 13, 2020

We spend up to a third of our lives asleep! It’s really important for both our physical and psychological health, but we often don’t prioritise it as highly as we should.

10 tips for a better night's sleep
Sleep
5 Mins
February 24, 2020

We all have restless nights now and again. Things like stress, the temperature in our bedroom and something we’ve eaten or drunk can all have an effect on how well we sleep.

Sleep and mental health

COVID-19

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD

OCD and long term health conditions

OCD
6 Mins
September 5, 2022

Placing extremely high demands on ourselves to do things ‘correctly’ may be a sign of perfectionismHere are some ways to reduce how much your self-esteem depends on your accomplishments.

What is perfectionism?
Long Term Health Conditions
7 Mins
May 23, 2022

In this blog, we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to manage the impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
4 Mins
June 9, 2021

People who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes can find it affects them in different ways. Here are a few ideas and CBT-based techniques that might help if you’re struggling with the physical impacts of your condition.

Using CBT to cope with the physical impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
5 Mins
June 7, 2021

Having diabetes can affect people both physically and psychologically. In this blog we share a few ideas and CBT-based techniques to help with managing the effect diabetes might be having on your mental health.

The psychological impact of diabetes
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
April 26, 2021

Being diagnosed with a long-term medical condition can have a significant psychological impact. In this blog, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist Daniella Doon-Joseph looks at how CBT can help.

Managing long-term conditions: asthma and arthritis
OCD
6 Mins
March 29, 2021

Misconceptions about OCD are common - especially the one that it's all about being neat and clean! If we delve into the condition, however, we find there’s much more going on.

Demystifying OCD
Long Term Health Conditions
6 Mins
January 25, 2021

Being told by your doctor that you have diabetes can come as a shock. It might be hard to come to terms with the diagnosis, and what it means for you. Everyone will react to the news differently...

Moving on from a diabetes diagnosis

Awareness days, students and workplace

Awareness Days
6 Mins
November 7, 2022

Movember is a good reminder to stop and think about your health – from a both a physical and mental perspective.

Talk more for Movember: Men’s Health Awareness Month
Awareness Days
4 Mins
October 10, 2022

Post-pandemic pressures and other world issues have led to a growing international mental health crisis. The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is to make mental health for all a global priority.

Awareness Days
5 Mins
October 3, 2022

The focus of this year’s National Work Life Week (10-14 October) is on increasing access to flexible working and finding the ‘flex’ in every role. Here are some ways you can achieve a better work/life balance.

National Work Life Week: setting healthy boundaries
Workplace
6 Mins
September 20, 2022

If you're experiencing stress at work, here are some steps you can take to address the causes - whether it's due to changes in where and how we work over the last couple of years or new responsibilities.

Solving the causes of stress at work
Awareness Days
6 Mins
September 10, 2022

Suicide is never a comfortable subject to talk about - but by opening up, and allowing others to do the same, we can play a part in the global campaign to reduce suicide rates. Here's how you could help.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2022: How we can create hope
Students
4 Mins
August 29, 2022

Many people have some of the best times of their life at uni, but it can also be an overwhelming and stressful experience. If student life isn’t as enjoyable as you expected, we've got some practical tips to help.

Freshers Week 2022: how to look after your mental health
Awareness Days
4 Mins
July 24, 2022

The Samaritans runs its Talk to Us #WeListen awareness campaign on 24 July (24/7) each year – a reminder that its volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here are some facts you may not know.

What do the Samaritans do?
Workplace
5 Mins
July 11, 2022

If you feel physically and emotionally exhausted because of long-term stresses at work, you may be experiencing burnout. It’s important to address it - here are 5 tips to managing work-related stress.

5 tips to avoid workplace burnout
Awareness Days
4 Mins
June 13, 2022

Father’s Day can shine a light on painful emotions or memories that we’re able to handle the rest of the time. If you're likely to find the day hard, here are some tips for making it through.

Taking care of yourself when Father’s Day is tough
Students
6 Mins
May 16, 2022

Imposter syndrome is the feeling of not being ‘good enough' to do your job, and it’s only a matter of time before people notice! Here are some ideas for managing anxieties, doubts and negative thoughts...

Starting work after uni: do you have imposter syndrome?

PTSD

COVID-19
6 Mins
February 21, 2022

Following the pandemic, some people experienced a ‘brain fog' where they found it hard to concentrate and think straight. If you're still feeling tired, unmotivated, distracted, or just a bit fuzzy you're not alone.

Do you still have 'pandemic brain'?
COVID-19
6 Mins
January 10, 2022

The pandemic has put us under strain for two years now. Always wondering what's around the corner and trying to keep up with the latest information and rules, have created conditions where stress can really thrive.

Struggling with ‘pandemic stress’?
COVID-19
5 Mins
December 13, 2021

The continuing unpredictability around Covid might cause some people to feel anxious, on edge, or down. While none of us can control what happens, we can control how we respond, and also build our resilience.

Coping with continued uncertainty
COVID-19
5 Mins
June 28, 2021

The prospect of returning to work after furlough or remote working is likely to prompt different thoughts and feelings. We have some tips for getting into the right mindset.

Getting back into the swing of things at work
COVID-19
6 Mins
June 21, 2021

As we go back out into the world again, we'll all be at different stages of readiness in our minds. Tuning into how we - and others - are thinking and feeling will help us navigate life following the vaccine.

Getting used to 'life after the vaccine'
COVID-19
7 Mins
May 3, 2021

The prospect of lockdown easing will be making many of us feel a bit uncertain and nervous about going out again and mixing with others.

Leaving lockdown
COVID-19
8 Mins
March 22, 2021

ieso's Clinical Partnership Manager, Emily Marshall outlines five things to consider about lockdown lifting and coping mechanisms if you feel anxious about the new pressures that come with this.

Anxious about lockdown lifting? 5 tips to consider and cope with anxiety
COVID-19
6 Mins
March 8, 2021

We’ve all had plans go astray in the last year. While none of us can control everything that affects the plans we make, we can control how we respond - and we can also work on building our resilience.

Dealing with disrupted plans
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 24, 2021

If you have a phobia of needles, the thought of being called for your coronavirus ‘jab’ might be making you a bit apprehensive. In this blog we share some techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

Preparing for ‘a jab’ if you don’t like needles
COVID-19
7 Mins
January 18, 2021

For people with OCD, the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic may have made their symptoms worse, or caused them to return. It could also have triggered OCD symptoms in people who haven’t had them before.

Living through a pandemic when you have OCD
In a health emergency
Call Samaritans on 116 123 if you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you’re experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to A&E if your life is at immediate risk
Call 116 123 If you need to talk to someone
Call 111 if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
Call 999 or go to a&e if your life is at immediate risk