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Mental health issues can have a profound impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We all have mental health, and what affects our daily lives varies between each of us. The important thing to remember is that support is available, and we’re not alone in our journey.

Here we explore some of the common types of mental health concerns, including general information, signs and symptoms, treatment options, self-care and how counselling can help.

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Addiction refers to a difficulty in controlling certain repetitive behaviours to the extent that they have harmful consequences. They are the result of powerful compulsions to use... Read more


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Anger management

Feeling angry is a natural response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion; occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated... Read more


Anxiety is used to describe feelings of worry, fear and unease. Typically, it incorporates both the emotional and physical sensations we experience when worried or nervous... Read more

Attachment disorder

From birth, we develop a close bond with our main caregivers (usually our parents). This attachment helps us to learn and develop in a trusting environment, even at such a young... Read more


If you have experienced the death of someone who was important to you, you might be finding it difficult to adjust to the changes happening in your life right now. Grief can shake... Read more

Body dysmorphic disorder

Body dysmorphic disorder (or BDD) is a condition that causes a person to have a distorted view of their appearance. Considered an anxiety disorder, BDD makes individuals believe... Read more


What is bullying? Bullying can be defined as repeated and unwanted behaviour with the intent to hurt another person, physically or emotionally. It can take many forms, including... Read more


Many of us are touched by cancer at some time in our lives, whether we have been diagnosed ourselves or know of someone who has been. Regardless of whether it’s yourself, a... Read more

Career counselling

For many, the main goal in life is to pursue a career that is meaningful and fulfilling. It can be highly rewarding to be in a role that you are passionate about and that reflects... Read more

Carer support

Currently, in the UK there are 6.5 million carers - which equates to one in eight people. These are people who care for someone who is disabled, ill, older or suffering from a... Read more

Child counselling

Being a parent or carer can feel overwhelming at times. All you want is for your child to thrive and be happy, so it can be difficult to see them struggle. It's tough. But as much... Read more

Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you will experience extreme tiredness that does not go away, no matter how much you rest. Along with fatigue, you may be affected by... Read more


Coming to terms with the diagnosis of dementia can be very difficult, not only for the person who has been diagnosed but also for family and friends. While dementia is not... Read more


Depression counselling is often recommended as a combination treatment plan. Talking therapy can help you identify, address and manage negative, self-defeating thoughts that may... Read more


The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes ‘disability’ as a term that refers to a huge spectrum of impairments, activity limitations and participation... Read more


Discrimination is the act of treating someone unfairly or differently because of who they are, due to certain beliefs or because they possess certain characteristics. There are... Read more


All of us have times when we feel 'disconnected'. It could be that we are having a conversation with someone but our mind is elsewhere, or we arrive at a destination with no... Read more

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are complex mental health conditions that affect people emotionally, physically and socially. They centre on a person's relationship with food, eating and... Read more

Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria, also known as gender identity disorder (GID), is a term used to describe the distress a person feels when their gender does not match the sex they were assigned... Read more

Hearing voices

Hearing voices is not as rare as you might think. Many of us will have heard noises or voices that others haven’t heard at some point in our lives. It’s estimated that... Read more

High sensitivity

Do you often walk into rooms and know when there’s been an argument? Do TV shows and movies seem to affect you more deeply than others? Perhaps you feel like the only one... Read more


HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It’s a virus that damages your immune system and makes it harder for you to fight off infection and disease. AIDS stands for... Read more


From the moment we hit adolescence we begin to learn about reproduction, and not just the how, but also the why. We are taught about the worth and sense of fulfilment that can... Read more

Learning difficulties

A learning disability is described as: a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind significant impairment of intellectual functioning significant impairment of... Read more

LGBTQ+ counselling

Our sexuality and gender can form a big part of our identity and those who don’t fit society’s heteronormative ideal can come up against more challenges. Those who... Read more


Loneliness, a subjective, unwelcome feeling of lack of companionship is something we all may experience at some point in our lives. For many, it’s a feeling that only lasts... Read more

Low self-confidence

Self-confidence is about trusting your own judgement and feeling comfortable with your abilities and powers: it’s the means to realise your full potential and be the person... Read more

Low self-esteem

Self-esteem is the way we perceive and value. This can be influenced by lots of different things, from our childhoods to life events. When we have low self-esteem we can see both... Read more

Mental health

When we talk about mental health, there is often a misconception about what it is and who it affects. First and foremost, mental health is not the same as a mental health issue... Read more


Miscarriage or early pregnancy loss is more common than most people imagine, with as many as one in every four pregnancies ending this way. It is a significant and very painful... Read more


Originally used by the autistic community who were keen to move away from the medical model of autism, neurodiversity has become the term that encompasses a wider range of... Read more

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) involves intrusive and obsessional thoughts, often followed by compulsive urges. These obsessions can be overwhelming, and the only way a... Read more


Paranoia is when we have thoughts or feelings that we are in danger or under threat, even though there is little to no evidence that this is the case. We can all experience these... Read more

Passive aggressive behaviour

Commonly described as non-verbal aggression, passive aggressive behaviour is when you are angry or upset with someone, but do not or cannot tell them. It is the inability to... Read more

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder, also known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people develop after being involved in (or witnessing) something traumatic. The condition was... Read more

Pregnancy and birth

Pregnancy and having a baby can be an exciting time. But, it can also be a time of immense pressure. There are so many changes happening to your body and the very nature of... Read more


Psychosis is when a person loses touch with reality, and the line between what is real and what is not becomes blurred. Psychosis often prevents a person from thinking clearly and... Read more


Racism is when someone discriminates against another person due to them being in a particular racial or ethnic group. This discrimination takes place individually and more widely... Read more


The dictionary defines redundancy as the state of being no longer needed or useful, and whether that description applies to machinery or human beings - the implications can be... Read more

Relationship problems

Relationships are a key part of our lives. They bring happiness and support, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy. Whether you’re having problems in your... Read more


Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects the sufferer’s ability to think clearly and decipher fantasy from reality. As a result of this, the individual can start to... Read more


Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose, usually as a way of coping with difficult emotions. It often begins when a person feels overwhelmed with upsetting thoughts... Read more

Sex problems

Experiencing sexual problems at some point during your life can be perfectly normal. While everyone’s problems and sexual experiences can be different, it’s important... Read more


Spirituality involves experiences of a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, and a sense of belonging and a connection with the universe. Spirituality can help to achieve inner... Read more


Almost everyone experiences stress from time to time, and while a small amount of stress can motivate us, too much or prolonged stress can be damaging to both our physical and... Read more

Suicidal thoughts

If you need immediate help and are worried you can’t keep yourself safe, please: Go to your nearest A&E department Call 999 if you can’t get to a hospital Ask... Read more


Having a traumatic experience or witnessing extraordinarily stressful events can have a profound impact on our psychological and emotional well-being. If you’ve ever felt... Read more


Trichotillomania, also known as trich or hair-pulling disorder, is when someone can’t resist the urge to pull out their own hair. They may pull out hair from their head or... Read more

Work-related stress

We will all experience stress at some point in our lives, for a number of different reasons. In small doses, stress can be a motivator - but it can also be unpleasant. When stress... Read more