How to Speak with Someone you Have Little in Common With

If you feel dread when you have to talk to someone new, you're not alone. Many people struggle with this, but even more so when they meet someone they have little in common with. We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a...

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Foods That Can Boost Your Mood

Most of us tend to eat certain foods when we're feeling down. However, foods such as these are often high in fat, sugar, or salt. The good news is there are some tasty but healthy foods that can boost your mood.  Let's take a look at these foods and why they can...

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How to Deal with Anger

Everyone can feel angry from time to time. However, what you do with that anger is important. When you understand what makes you angry and how you can cope in a healthy way, you can be happier.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why...

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The Pandemic’s Impact on Eating Disorders

It's thought that there are 1.6 million people in the UK who have been or should be diagnosed with an eating disorder. However, the reality is that there are many more people who have not asked for help. This could be because they're ashamed to ask for help or they...

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Tips for Talking to Someone Intimidating

From time to time, we have all found ourselves talking to someone we find intimidating. Whether the person we're talking to is more intelligent, more attractive, or more talented than us, it's normal to feel intimidated.  We usually find ourselves worrying that this...

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Communi-tea: What We Do

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Zoom and Mental Health

Have you had many virtual calls over the last year? Perhaps you've spoken to friends, family, or colleagues via the internet. No matter why you spoke to someone online, it can have an effect on your mental health. Many people are now suffering from what is known as...

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Mood-Boosting Recipe: Turkey Burger & Sweet Potato Wedges

This recipe is ideal for anyone who loves burgers and is looking to boost their mood. Turkey is full of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body to produce serotonin and melatonin. Serotonin can help to boost your mood, and melatonin helps to promote sleep. Sweet...

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The Psychological Impact of a 4-Day Weekend

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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What Makes Someone a Good Listener?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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How to Have a Stress-free Easter

Easter usually involves having a bit of a family get-together. While you might not be able to welcome your family inside your home this year, you can still meet some of them in your garden or a public place.  There can be a lot of expectations surrounding Easter,...

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Speaking to Your Doctor About Your Mental Health

Speaking to your doctor about how you're feeling can be anxiety-provoking. We're used to speaking to our doctor about our physical health, but mental health concerns can seem hard to discuss.  Did you know that your doctor is happy to talk with you about mental...

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Mood-Boosting Recipe: Banana and Berry Slush

Berries contain antioxidants and they can boost your serotonin. Serotonin is your brain's happy chemical. In addition to this, berries are full of nutrients, and they can also help to speed up lower digestive transit. Bananas are full of serotonin and they can help...

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England’s New Lockdown Rules

As of today (29th March 2021), England's lockdown rules have been eased. This means that we can now meet more people in public and participate in some outdoor sports. If the thought of this has made you feel anxious, you're not alone. We've been told to stay away from...

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Foods That Can Boost Your Mental Health

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Why We Get Anxious Making a Phone Call

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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The Clocks Go Forward This Weekend

The clocks are changing this weekend which means we will all have an hour less bed. On Sunday the clocks go forward one hour at 1 am. Unfortunately, the change in time can have an impact on our mental health.  Research has shown that putting the clocks forward an hour...

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Mood-Boosting Recipe: Dark chocolate Brazil nut brownies

Brazil nuts contain selenium, which helps to boost the immune system. Cacao is a good source of antioxidants and magnesium which can help to reduce anxiety.  Makes 15 squares Ingredients: 10 Brazil nuts 100ml almond milk 125g dark chocolate  250ml maple syrup 150g...

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The Creative Doodle Book

The Creative Doodle Book is a great, fun resource that will help people to think outside the box & exercise those #creative mind muscles. The sessions will help everyone to get to know each other & feel less isolated & more supported. Click on the picture...

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One Year in Lockdown

We have now been in lockdown for one year, and it's safe to say that everyone has been affected. We had to make a dramatic change to our lives last year and we're still being encouraged to stay at home. While the vaccine is a light at the end of the tunnel, many...

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Problems at School

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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How to Deal with Failure

We all have to deal with failure at some point in our lives. However, how we respond to that failure is what matters.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the...

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Chatting Over a Cup of Tea

Are you struggling with your mental health? Why not have a chat with someone over a cup of tea? You can even meet virtually and still enjoy a cup of tea and a chat.  Talking to someone about how you feel can help you to cope. Knowing that someone is listening can also...

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Pregnancy and Mental Health

When someone is pregnant, they're going through a major life event. They might start to feel a range of emotions and this is completely natural. However, if you or someone else who is pregnant feels sad and it's starting to affect day-to-day life, there is help...

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What is Dependent Personality Disorder?

Dependent personality disorder is a type of personality disorder that causes a lot of anxiety. Those with this disorder can feel submissive, helpless, or unable to look after themselves. In addition to this, they can have difficulty making simple decisions. However,...

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Menopause and Mental Health

Many people know that the menopause can cause hot flushes and tiredness. However, not everyone is aware that it can affect your mental health too. The symptoms of the menopause can be quite distressing and they can leave women feeling depressed or anxious.  We offer...

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How to Find Mental Health Support

If you're looking for mental health help Selby has a lot to offer. There are a lot of organisations, charities, and support groups that can help you.  We know that it's not always easy to look for help. However, your GP is a good place to start. If your GP is already...

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Talking About your Mental Health Struggles

Mental health problems can easily creep up on people. They usually begin with a few changes in your feelings, thoughts, and behaviour. Affecting around 25% of the population many people ask for help so they can make a quicker recovery. There is no shame in asking for...

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Help for Insomnia

If someone has insomnia it means they regularly have problems with sleeping. The good news is that by changing their sleeping habits, sufferers can find that their sleeping can improve.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give...

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Munchausen’s Syndrome

Munchausen's syndrome is a psychological disorder. A person with this disorder will pretend to be ill or make sure they have the symptoms of an illness.  The reasoning behind these actions is to receive care from people, making them the centre of attention.  We offer...

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What is Claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is a fear of confined spaces. Many people with this condition will try very hard to avoid any confined space. This can include tunnels, lifts, public toilets, and tube trains. Unfortunately, avoiding places such as these can reinforce the fear.  When...

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Residual Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that affects approximately 1% of the population. People who suffer from this condition can experience disordered thoughts, hallucinations, breaks or departures from reality, and unorganised speech.  We offer mental health support for...

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Help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD (Obsessive compulsive disorder) is a fairly common condition. People who suffer from this condition often have obsessive thoughts and quite compulsive behaviours. Affecting children, men, and women, symptoms can appear during puberty. However, most people start...

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Dealing Grief and Loss

When someone who was closed to you has died, it's completely natural to feel sad, worried, or depressed. There is no right way to feel, and everyone reacts differently. However, some people can find it hard to cope with grief and loss. The good news is there is...

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Money and Mental Health

Many of us have financial concerns from time to time, however, the pandemic has caused a lot of money worries. If you are struggling with money, it might have affected your mental health.  Being concerned about your finances does not necessarily mean you are anxious...

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week. From March 1st to the 7th, many charities and organisations campaign to highlight and help people understand binge eating disorder. This is the least understood eating disorder, but it can cause a lot of distress.  We...

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Self-injury Awareness Day

The 1st of March is Self-injury Awareness Day. On this day, organisations and charities around the globe raise awareness about self-injury.  Awareness can lead to a greater understanding of why a person deliberately injures themselves. It also works towards reducing...

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Getting Help for Alcohol Addiction

Admitting that you have a problem with alcohol is the first step towards getting help. These days, there's a lot more awareness about alcoholism. Society seems to be more aware that those who have struggles need someone to be kind and offer support.  If you are...

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Who We Are

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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What is Psychotherapy?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Help with Tourette’s Syndrome

Tourette's Syndrome is a condition that causes someone to make involuntary movements and sounds. These movements and sounds are known as tics.  The syndrome typically starts in childhood. However, tics and other symptoms tend to improve or disappear after a few...

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Getting the Support You Need

If you have mental health concerns there's no harm in asking for help. Asking for help means you’re taking the first step towards wellness.  You might be tempted to deal with your problems on your own, particularly if you don't know who to turn to. However, there is a...

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Coronavirus & Mental Health

If you’re worried about the impact that COVID is having on your mental health, you’re not alone. The pandemic has placed a lot of uncertainty in our lives. It’s only natural that many people are feeling anxious, numb, or depressed. Regardless of what you are feeling...

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Consenting to Treatment

If you were to consent to treatment, it would mean that you have given permission for a medical test, treatment, or examination. Your consent is needed regardless of the examination or procedure etc that you have.  The principle of consent is an important part of this...

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What is Stockholm Syndrome?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder which affects the sufferer's nervous system. This can cause such abnormal sleep that it has the ability to affect their day-to-day life.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our...

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What is Depression?

Many people feel slightly down now and again. However, we can feel better a little while later. If you feel down or low much of the time, it's possible that you could be depressed.  Depression is an illness that should be taken very seriously. This is because it can...

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Help for Those Who Feel Lonely

Many of us feel lonely now and again, and it can be hard to cope with. Whether you've just moved house, a relationship has ended, or you cannot see your friends because of lockdown, it's normal for people to feel isolated.  We offer mental health support for Selby and...

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5 Ways to Talk to a Mate About Mental Health

We've all done it. We've all said we're fine when we're not. With approximately 1 in 4 people experiencing mental health issues, if a friend tells you they're fine, chances are they won't be.  If you really want to know how your friend is, ask them again. Asking a...

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What is Downs Syndrome?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Valentine’s Day and Your Mental Health

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Narcissistic Personality Disorder: What is it?

Narcissistic personality disorder is a disorder whereby someone has an inflated opinion of themselves. In addition to this, they have often have an intense desire or need for the attention and admiration of other people.  Those with this personality disorder tend to...

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What is Parkinson’s Disease?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Help with Generalised Anxiety Disorder

We all tend to feel anxious from time to time. Many people feel anxious because they have a job interview or they have an exam coming up. It's normal to feel anxious at times such as these.  However, some people find it difficult to control their concerns and worries....

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What are Eating Problems?

We all eat differently, but if eating is taking over your life, you could have an eating problem.  Many people eat a lot in one day and are not very hungry the next. Some people go through phases of eating healthily and on other occasions they eat less healthily....

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Talking Over a Cuppa

If you are struggling with your mental health, you're not alone. Many of us struggle with mental health concerns every day. Unfortunately, the pandemic is unlikely to have helped.  The good news is that help is out there. If you are feeling bad, why not talk to...

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How to Get Support

If you often feel anxious, depressed, or overwhelmed, there is support out there. You don't need to have a mental health crisis before you ask for support. When you ask for support, you're taking those all-important steps to look after yourself.  It is always ok to...

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Autism Spectrum Disorder

Those with autism might find it hard to interact with and communicate with others. They might get upset or anxious about being in unfamiliar places or social events. In addition to this, those who are autistic might have difficulty understanding how other people feel...

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Sleep Disorders

There is a very close relationship between mental health and sleep. If you have a mental health condition, it can affect how you sleep. In addition to this, poor sleep can negatively impact your mental health.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the...

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What is Child Abuse?

Abuse is wrong. It can be hard to talk about it, but you are never alone. If you are worried about being abused there is help. You don't need to try to deal with it on your own.  We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a...

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What is Schizoaffective Disorder?

Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition whereby the symptoms of mood disorders and psychotic disorders are present. They can be present during a single episode or within a few weeks of each other.  "Schizo" refers to symptoms of psychosis, "affective"...

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What is Anxiety?

Most of us can feel anxious now and again. Anxiety is actually a normal response to perceived threats. In some cases, anxiety can save your life. However, it can be a problem if it impacts your daily life.  Anxiety could be an issue if you: Find it difficult to...

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Your Health and Social Care Rights

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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What is Agoraphobia?

Many people are anxious about going outside thanks, to the pandemic. At the time of writing, it's been ten months since the 1st lockdown, and we're used to being told to stay indoors. As a result, more people are likely to be suffering from agoraphobia.  We offer...

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Migrating and Mental Health

Many people consider moving home, getting divorced, and dealing with death to be the most stressful things in life. However, studies have shown that moving to another country is incredibly challenging.  The psychological impact of moving to another country and a...

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Are You Safe at Home?

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. This type of abuse includes emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. Men, women, and children can be victims of domestic abuse.  If you are worried that someone will notice you have visited this page, please click here. You will be...

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Anger

We all feel angry from time to time, it's a normal emotion and there's usually a good reason to feel angry.  Some people have uncontrollable anger, and it can be harmful. However, they can learn to manage it.  Anger can become an issue if it is expressed through...

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What is Tardive Dyskinesia?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call The Big Communi-tea on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer...

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The Effects of Flooding on Mental Health

The recent heavy rain has resulted in a lot of flooding around the country. Understandably, the flooding has caused a lot of stress. Many people have had to leave their homes or are in fear of the floodwaters reaching their homes.  When people are impacted by floods...

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What is Hoarding Disorder?

Hoarding involves saving or acquiring a lot of things irrespective of their value. Someone who hoards might find it hard to decide what they should keep or what they should get rid of. They might also have very strong positive feelings when they get more things....

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Bullying

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder is an anxiety disorder that is related to the individual's body image. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) can vary in its severity day by day and person to person. Some people are afraid to be seen in public or be around other people because of...

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What are Dissociative Disorders?

Dissociative disorders are conditions that can cause psychological and physical problems. Some dissociative disorders don't last very long. However, they are all likely to be caused by a traumatic event. They tend to resolve in a matter of months, if not weeks. Other...

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Covid and Mental Health

If you're anxious or worried about the impact of COVID on your mental health, you're not alone. The pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for all of us. It's, therefore, only natural that our mental health will be affected. No matter what you're feeling about the...

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What is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a severe type of premenstrual syndrome. It can cause both physical and emotional symptoms 7 to 14 days before the start of a period. Also known as "Severe PMS" PMDD can have a huge impact on the suffer's life. Socialising,...

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What are Personality Disorders?

Someone who has a personality disorder tends to feel, think, relate or behave differently to what we would call "average" people. Someone with a personality disorder could have difficulty controlling their emotions. they could also have a disturbed way of thinking....

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Selby FoodBank

Many of us are facing financial difficulties, and these difficulties can result in food poverty. Too many people are going hungry because they simply don't have enough money for food. If this is something you're dealing with Selby foodbank could help you. Foodbanks...

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What is Gender Dysphoria?

Gender dysphoria is a term that is used to describe how unhappy someone may feel about their mismatched gender identity and their biological sex. This unhappiness can be so intense that it could lead to anxiety and depression. In addition to this, a person's daily...

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What is Talking Therapy?

Talking therapies are a type of psychological treatment. This type of treatment is often used by people who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and stress. There are different types of talking therapy but each one of them involves a trained therapist. We offer...

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How to Talk to Your Doctor

If you have decided to speak to your doctor about your mental health you could be feeling anxious. While most of us are used to talking about our physical health, we might not be used to talking about our mental health. The good news is that your doctor is used to...

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What is Good Mental Health?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Postpartum Psychosis

While postpartum psychosis is a rare mental health condition it can be quite serious. This condition which is also known as "puerperal psychosis". can develop after someone has given birth. Postpartum psychosis can leave the sufferer feeling frightened and...

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New Year Pressure

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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The Haven in York, Offering Face-to-Face Support

The Haven in York is a visionary support service offering out-of-hours mental health support for those aged 18+ in the York Area. Situated at 30 Clarence Street, The Haven is a non-clinical talking and signposting service. This excellent service provides a safe space...

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What is Self-Esteem?

Most of us have times when we don't feel very confident or very good about ourselves. Unfortunately, there are people whose self-esteem is so low that it becomes a long-term issue. Their self-esteem can be so low that it has a negative effect on their daily lives and...

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Who We Are

We offer mental health support for Selby and surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399.If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to...

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Christmas Doesn’t Have to be Perfect

As you're no doubt aware, it's going to be Christmas in just a few days. The thought of Christmas could bring with it feelings of joy, but many people also experience stress and anxiety. This is because there is a lot of pressure on people to have the perfect...

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Coping with Loneliness

Many people feel lonely from time to time. Some people find it affects them a great deal, others less so. If you find that loneliness is having an effect on your life there are some things you can do.  There is support available if you are finding it hard to cope with...

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What To Do If You’re Feeling Anxious

We all feel anxious from time to time, it's a normal response to certain situations. However, anxiety can become a problem if it impacts your daily life.  Anxiety can be a problem if you: Find it difficult or impossible to go about your day-to-day life Find it...

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Preparing for & Getting Through Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. Some people might be looking forward to celebrating Christmas, others might find it quite challenging. Whether you love it or loathe this time of year, it's important that you feel able to manage your mental health.  Are you...

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Mental Health in the Workplace

Many people suffer from mental health concerns when they are at work. In fact, it's thought that as much as 17% of workers experience mental health concerns including anxiety and depression.  However, talking about how you feel at work might not seem like the right...

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Talk Over A Cup Of Tea

Are you struggling with mental health issues? Are you concerned about someone you love? Has the lockdown left you feeling out of touch? Why not talk over a cup of tea? You don't have to physically meet up with anyone, you can talk virtually and over a cup of tea (or...

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Covid and Anxiety About The Future

Our lives have changed quite dramatically this year, and many of us are concerned about the future. Many people such as students are finding that their plans for the future have been put on hold.  It's understandable then, that people are feeling increasingly anxious....

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We’re In The Selby Times

Here at The Big Communi-tea, we are proud to be on the front page of the Selby Times. We had the privilege of assisting a local gentleman who is vulnerable and in need of support.  John, our charity's coordinator highlighted his concern for the man's safety. After...

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Can We Help You?

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year. Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be...

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Why Do people Self-harm?

It can be hard to talk about self-harm but it is a very common problem. Self-harm is often experienced by those who are struggling with their mental health. When someone self-harms, they hurt themselves on purpose. In some cases, harming yourself might feel like the...

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