Have you ever wondered why we cry and what it actually means? Tears are an unusual part of being human and experiencing emotion, aren’t they? Often it just feels like an outpouring of the big emotions we’re feeling inside, appearing both when we’re sad and so happy that we just can’t stop laughing (we’ve all been there!). Well, here’s just a few thoughts for you...
Self-harm is something you would’ve heard about, but let’s be honest, it’s one of those subjects that raises lots of questions. What exactly is self-harm and why do people turn to it as a way of coping? Here’s a short video explaining some basic facts around self-harm and some tips around how to help.
Ever wondered what the difference is between feeling low occasionally and experiencing depression? We all experience moments of sadness in our lives but if you're feeling that way for days and weeks and months on end, that might be an indication that you're experiencing depression Here's a video to help.
NEW LIVESTREAM ALERT!!!!! Summer holidays are stretching out ahead and if self-harm has ever been a part of your story you might be dreading it. The Alumina team are back to talk about the practical and emotional challenges of living with scars when summer hits. Join us via Youtube on 18th July 7.30-8.15pm
Sometimes it can tough for the adults around us to understand how to best support us, especially around something as difficult as self-harm. Maybe there’s those in your life that you just wish could understand what’s going on a bit better… We’re holding a live YouTube event for parents, teachers ..in fact anyone supporting YOU who could find it helpful to know more.
This time we’re focusing on the importance breathing can have on calming our anxiety. Here’s just a few techniques you can try ahead of your exams, so if you need them you already know how to use them. You can watch the whole of our YouTube session on exam anxiety by following the link on the carousel.
Following on from our managing exam anxiety YouTube session, here's a few tips around grounding yourself- a great technique you can learn to bring yourself back into the present and regain control over your anxiety. Remember you can watch(or re-watch) the whole 45 min session via the link on this carousel.
Arghh exam time is here!! How are you doing? If you missed our YouTube chat with the Youthscape mental health team around managing exam anxiety then not to worry- here's the recording!! Full of loads of practical help to manage the stress of exam time including tips on how to regain control over your anxiety and step into this time with the tools you need to keep your cool.
Oh yes, it's THAT time of year again when it's perfectly acceptable to eat our weight in mini eggs (hooray!)! But if you're feeling a bit bored, looking for a little something to do this Easter holiday and fancy getting your baking on...then here's a few new things you can try! Basically it turns out you can add these awesome eggs to pretty much ANYTHING and turn it wonderfully Easter-ey (not a real word)!
Ahhh Spring is in full swing, the flowers are popping, the leaves and birds are returning and there's basically baby animals everywhere we look!!! But how is this a good thing for our mental health and general wellbeing? Well (like a tortoise!) after the dark winter months of hibernating inside, Spring can give us a much needed boost of positivity
Weather a little bleak outside? Reluctant to leave the warmth of the duvet and feeling the urge to snuggle down with some warming tunes? Well, here's a collection of chilled out snuggly tunes to accompany any autumn/winter day. Also remember to check our other playlists to suit whatever mood you’re in.