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Social media and mental health

Posted on 13 December 2017 by Emma Williams

Social media has undoubtedly changed the way society and individuals communicate and share information. It is now an integral part of many people’s lives, especially amongst those aged 16-30 years. 25-year-old Daisy Ridley, who shot to fame as Rey in the latest Star Wars films, quit Instagram earlier this year. In a recent interview with Radio
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Stress in early life – the impact on mental illness

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Anna Moon

You’re under threat. Your brain reacts instantly. Like a runner at the start line of a race, it springs into action as if the threat was a gunshot. The hypothalamus gets the ball rolling, sending chemicals to the pituitary gland. The pituitary spills out hormones to a second gland, called the adrenal gland. Adrenaline and
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How Are You?

Posted on 2 February 2017 by Natalie Ellis

In 2015, I went to the Cardiff University Winter School in Psychiatry. As second year medics, we had all just finished a two week psychiatry block and everyone was buzzing with enthusiasm about psychiatry. Along with the networking and group sessions, we had some talks from individuals who had experience of mental illness. At this
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Social media and mental health

Posted on 27 January 2017 by Paul Allen

Social media has rapidly become part of our everyday lives and, like the rise of any new technology, questions are inevitably being asked about how it might be impacting on the way we live – and feel. Two years ago I found myself reflecting on whether my habitual Facebook checking might, unconsciously, be doing me
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First Aid for students’ mental health

Posted on 10 October 2016 by Tsvetina Ivanova

Today is World Mental Health Day. Its theme ‘Psychological First Aid’ seems to be particularly relevant to the university experiences faced by some young people. When students transition to university life, it can pose a risk to their wellbeing. Various factors, such as social media pressures, financial instability and a competitive job market feed into
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