What’s catching my eye: 26th October, 2018

1  Compassionate CBT podcast. This stars the marvellous Paul Gilbert as part of a series of podcasts made available on the BABCP website make for an interesting listen …. For those who are interested.


2.  Cannabis and mental health: Lancet circulated a Youtube video on a panel discussion on the legalisation of cannabis. If you can get over the technical hitches it is an interesting listen:

3  Bullying in the NHS. The financial costs of bullying reported here and when you consider the emotional impact its serious stuff. If we cant look after the professional carers how can we expect them to look after their patients.

Children and Alcohol, The Lancet makes a plea for policies to reduce access to alcohol in this article




What is catching my eye: 15th October, 2018



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Reading some excellent books at the moment: Puliafico & Robin’s  Workbook for Kids  with OCD (published by Harbinger in 2017) should prove a great resource for my work with children. It is written for parents and children and so can supplement attendance for therapy, or instead of therapy for those with milder symptoms.

I am also reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book on 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Penguin, 2018), which is confirming the benefits of mindful meditation and especially helpful in enabling a better perspective at a time when we are bombarded with so much questionable information.

What is catching my eye: 8.10.2018

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1 Andrew Marr’s Radio 4 (UK) Programme “Start the Week” is always delivers an interesting listen and this weeks was no exception. An interview with author Yuval Noah Hurari who wrote *Sapiens” and made a strong case for the importance of emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Andrew Marr in considering Hurari’s work concluded that mental health was far from just being on the periphery but was now one of the most crucial areas to work in (my words).

“Start the week” today (8.10.2018) is compelling listening for those interested in personality and its testing and will reward being looked for and listened to.

2 Twitter often helps me identify useful resources, and this looks good.
Anything that helps offer support to young people with their mental health will grab my attention, and this tool is designed to help in a crisis. Lets hope it works:

3 This Radio 4 Programme on the “Anatomy of Loneliness” has its heart in the right place and balances this alongside the stats which makes for a fascinating blend:

What is catching my eye: 21st September, 2018


1 Excellent workshop organised by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on #PTSD and children. I am certainly going to buy the book that provided the model covered: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: CBT with Children and Adolescents” by Smith et al…. despite its date.

2 Panorama tonight should be interesting as its all about CAMHS and its importance:

3 As someone working with young minds, this has caught my eye – looks like they are providing a range of support for young children and their parents:

4 Let’s hope they find some answers – research into #depression and what might work for those who don’t respond to #anti-depressants:

5 Restarted my #mindfulness practice now that I have re-enrolled on a course, I had forgotten how important the process is and found a good website for free guided meditation:


What’s catching my eye: 8.9.2018


1 A piece in the “Conversation” on teaching skills to young people to help them stay mentally well. Couldn’t agree more. As someone now working with children and adolescents, it has confirmed my beliefs that we need to do our best to respond to early signs of poor mental health and equip our young people with the skills to manage low moods and anxiety:


2 Transitions for children / young people are often triggers for negative thoughts and stress. Starting university is one of these, so agree with the need to help people cope with it:


3 Similarly, this website is a resource aiming to help students with their mental well being:


4 A generous student on placement in the NHS department I work introduced me to this resource for those helping children in distress:

What’s catching my eye: 18.8.2018

1 Self-Renovators: This podcast offers a nice gentle dig at self help which is often quite hilarious

2 Some nice notes on self compassion:

3 Male suicide: My eyes will be on the television programme on BBC2 on Wednesday at 9.30pm …. Suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 50.

4 The Essay on Radio 3 is often hit and miss but this one hit all the right notes – its about Iona as a spiritual retreat and sounds just the place to go to escape from a busy world, narrated eloquently by the featured poet:

What is catching my eye 30th July


1 Okay college has just broken up, but some students will be focused on how they will cope with a new college environment or maybe want to feel better next term. A great website is students against depression, full of useful exercises and ideas:

2 This App. looks potentially useful in that it explores self harm and alternatives for young people:

3 This organisation looks like it does some potentially valuable work with children and adolescence:

4 Charities in Bury have been receiving some good support of late, from Bury Council and this Directory is full of good contacts:


5 I like BIG in Mental Health (a charity in Bury) especially their programme of speakers:
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What’s catching my eye 5th July 2018

Now I am working in a Child and Adolescent Service I am drawn, more than ever, to aspects of prevention of mental health illness.

Perhaps, more than any other area, child and adolescent mental health should be protected and resourced with a special focus on prevention. To do so makes sense. The more we can prevent mental ill health developing the less likely are we to create life long suffering and dependence on much stretched services.

There is plenty of interesting research out there but recently I received articles on folic acid and sever mental ill health:

My interest with social media and facilitating mental health drew me to this research. I am working on a package that is bang in line with the Draft NICE Guidelines on Depression: