Therapist offers ‘map’ to help students cope with ‘avalanche of stress’ this Christmas

A therapist who has helped thousands of students overcome mental health crises is offering a ‘map’ to help them emerge from an ‘avalanche of stress’ predicted as Christmas approaches. For many young people, exams, assessments and deadlines are around the corner as the festive season begins. With students also reeling from a disrupted year with Covid-19, experts are predicting worrying times. Statistics from back in 2016 reported that a fifth of university students didn’t want to return in January. Then, record drop-out levels were forecast as lockdown hit. Mark Evans, who runs the Conversations with Impact coaching and counselling service, has launched a new book to help guide …

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Frontline pandemic heroes offered fully-funded therapy under new partnership

Frontline key workers whose mental health has been affected by the pressure of working through the Covid-19 battle are receiving fully-funded therapy sessions thanks to a new partnership. Community interest company Hampers for Heroes has joined up with Take A Seat, an organisation giving people access to a network of therapists across the country.Under the partnership, lockdown heroes can be nominated to receive up to 10 sessions of fully-funded therapy. Hampers for Heroes founder Victoria Hanson said: “People have been through such a stressful and high-pressure time and their mental health has been adversely affected. Those issues need to be …

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Hampers for Heroes opening new pop-up shop

A Midlands organisation set up to help key workers during the Covid pandemic is opening a new pop-up shop to boost funds and celebrate its first birthday. The Hampers for Heroes shop opens at the Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull on April 12 – when retail in England is allowed to restart. The shop, in the Poplar Arcade, will offer a range of branded merchandise, such as water bottles, tote bags, wellbeing items and gifts like sunflower pots for children. It will also include a wellbeing hub where people can drop in to discuss therapies such as mindfulness, meditation and …

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