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How Dancing Helps My Mental Health

Today is International Dance Day, so I thought I would tell you about my experience of dancing. I know it’s probably not typical and other people will have different experiences, but I also believe that there is a lot of value in sharing personal stories. It took me 3 years to go to modern jive […]

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A Brief Guide to Bipolar

Today is World Bipolar Day, so it’s an excellent time to highlight the condition and raise awareness. The date was selected because it’s Vincent Van Gogh’s birthday and he is believed to have suffered with bipolar. Bipolar disorder was previously called manic depression and there is no distinction between the two: they are the same […]

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7 Ways Dogs Help Your Mental Health

Crufts is underway and The Project team is full of dog lovers, so we seize upon any excuse to talk about dogs and the mental health benefits they bring! Here are 7 of the top advantages provided by our canine chums: 1. Spending time with a dog can reduce stress, depression and anxiety. Stroking and […]

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Why I Run – By Rich Potter (Volunteer)

On Sunday 12 th March, Myself and my friend, George, will be running the Bath Half Marathon. We have been using this opportunity to fundraise money for two charities: MacMillan Cancer Support & The Project. On the fundraising page (link below) you can find our reasons for choosing these two great charities; what you won’t […]

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Common Myths About Eating Disorders

  Since it is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we at The Project thought it’s a great opportunity to tell you the truth about some common myths surrounding eating disorders. These myths are all harmful and could prevent people with eating disorders from seeking help, so they need to be addressed.   Eating disorders are […]

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The Project Responds to Theresa May’s Pledge to Provide More Support for Young People with Mental Health Problems

On Monday 9th January, Prime Minster Theresa May announced her intention to provide more support for children and young people with mental health problems (see the BBC report here). Her proposals include providing more mental health awareness training for teachers and helping schools to link up with mental health experts in their areas. She also […]

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Depression is an illness – not a lifestyle choice! – by Debbie

Depression is an illness – not a lifestyle choice! I was away on holiday this week when news of Robin Williams death reached me via my Facebook newsfeed, and I was deeply saddened to read that he had taken his own life. I had not been aware previously of his battles with addiction and mental […]

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Bruises – by Joe

BRUISES Like a lot of people, I’ve been  thinking about the suicide of Robin Williams – someone of my own generation – and listening to people’s reactions on the media.   I find it quite frustrating that “mental illness” is still referred to – even by some with direct experience – as something outside ourselves. […]

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#heartonthehand – raising awareness of mental illness

Can you support The Project’s #heartonthehand campaign to help to raise awareness around mental illness, and to promote and raise money for The Project? As some of you know but many of you don’t… In 2009 I was suffering from severe depression, anxiety, anorexia and was self harming on a daily basis. During the following years I […]

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Hormones, Huskies & Happy Endings…. – by Kerry C

The first time I remember skipping a meal was when I was 8/9. I was at primary school and – I can’t remember why –but I decided I wasn’t going to eat my packed lunch for a few days. My best friend at the time told my mum and she had a talk with me […]

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