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Here’s why Blue Monday is actually a pretty bad idea

| blog, Blue Monday, Depression, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK | January 18, 2016

'Blue Monday' can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)
‘Blue Monday’ can be any day of the year (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

We’ve all heard that today is supposed to be the ‘most depressing day of the year’.

It’s been pumped out by PR firms for more than a decade, but is ‘Blue Monday’ actually just trivialising real mental health issues?

Mental health charity Mind have launched a counter campaign – #BlueAnyDay – to dispel the myth that there is one magical day of the year where we feel most depressed.

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Man claims ‘child sex dolls’ will stop paedophiles from abusing children

| blog, Children, L&B World, Mental health, World | January 14, 2016

The dolls, not pictured, are life-like and anatomically correct (Picture: Alamy)
The dolls, not pictured, are life-like and anatomically correct (Picture: Alamy)

A man has developed child sex dolls that he claims will stop paedophiles from abusing children – but experts are concerned it could have the opposite effect.

Shin Takagi, a self-confessed paedophile, has never acted on his impulses. However, he wanted to build something to help him keep his urges under control.

‘We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,’ he told the Atlantic, explaining how he had founded Trottla – a company that builds life-like and anatomically correct child sex dolls.

‘I am helping people express… Read the full story

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Flexible working can make you ill ‘because you never switch off’

| blog, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK, working hours | January 2, 2016

You can end up being 'always on' (Picture: Getty Images)
You can end up being ‘always on’ (Picture: Getty Images)

It might sound like a great set-up, but flexible working can actually do more harm than good for employees.

Experts say non-traditional working practices encourage an ‘always on’ culture that can leave workers with physical and psychological problems.

Working from home or part-time can isolate people from social networks and career opportunities, while ‘grazing’ – by refreshing emails and taking work calls – keeps stress levels constantly high.

And constant work can leave people reaching for comfort foods or alcohol to wind down, possibly leading to unhealthy weight gain.

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Flexible working can make you ill ‘because you never switch off’

| blog, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK, working hours | January 2, 2016

You can end up being 'always on' (Picture: Getty Images)
You can end up being ‘always on’ (Picture: Getty Images)

It might sound like a great set-up, but flexible working can actually do more harm than good for employees.

Experts say non-traditional working practices encourage an ‘always on’ culture that can leave workers with physical and psychological problems.

Working from home or part-time can isolate people from social networks and career opportunities, while ‘grazing’ – by refreshing emails and taking work calls – keeps stress levels constantly high.

And constant work can leave people reaching for comfort foods or alcohol to wind down, possibly leading to unhealthy weight gain.

Read the full story

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Flexible working can make you ill ‘because you never switch off’

| blog, Health, L&B World, Mental health, UK, working hours | January 2, 2016

You can end up being 'always on' (Picture: Getty Images)
You can end up being ‘always on’ (Picture: Getty Images)

It might sound like a great set-up, but flexible working can actually do more harm than good for employees.

Experts say non-traditional working practices encourage an ‘always on’ culture that can leave workers with physical and psychological problems.

Working from home or part-time can isolate people from social networks and career opportunities, while ‘grazing’ – by refreshing emails and taking work calls – keeps stress levels constantly high.

And constant work can leave people reaching for comfort foods or alcohol to wind down, possibly leading to unhealthy weight gain.

Read the full story

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Did this guy go too far with his views on depression?

| blog, L&B World, Mental health, UK | December 4, 2015

man holding head in hands rear view
Good advice? (Picture: Getty/Metro)

People with depression, eh? Sort yourselves out, jumping on the Prozac bandwagon and lying in bed with your ‘bottles of Prosecco’.

And as for men opening up about their mental health issues? Sure, the biggest killer of men under 45 is suicide, but everyone knows men just shouldn’t talk about their feelings. Men should just ‘buck up’ and ‘quit the moaning’.

According to a a columnist for Portsmouth local newspaper The News, all this is the case. Clive Smith writes a weekly article called ‘Saying What You’re Thinking’, and this week he went for people dealing with mental health issues.

He’s obviously trying to… Read the full story

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British space tourist dedicates trip to all people with mental health issues

| blog, L&B World, Mental health, UK | November 23, 2015

A 24-year-old guy from Ilford has just won a trip to space – with the most amazing speech about mental health.

Hussain Manawer got a standing ovation after delivering his talk at the Kruger Cowne Rising Star competition ceremony in Bangkok.

Now, in 2018 he will travel more than 60 miles above the Earth – to the area between the atmosphere and outer space, where there’s no gravity.

And he’s dedicated the trip to ‘every single person who has suffered from mental health [problems]’.

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Two suicides linked to Ashley Madison hack

| blog, L&B World, Mental health, News | August 24, 2015

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad, in this photo illustration taken in Ottawa, Canada in this July 21, 2015 file photo. Hackers have followed through on a threat to release online a huge cache of data, including customer information, that was stolen a month ago from cheating spouses website AshleyMadison.com, several tech websites reported on August 18, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/Files
The homepage of the Ashley Madison website (Picture Reuters)

Two people have committed suicide after their details were published online by hackers in the Ashley Madison data breach.

At least one Ashley Madison client in Canada is reported to have taken their life, and a senior American policeman in San Antonio, Texas.

Both are thought to have had details leaked in the hack, although… Read the full story

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Being around happy people can help alleviate depression

| blog, Depression, Happiness, Health, L&B World, Mental health, World | August 20, 2015

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It turns out that happiness is contagious. So contagious, in fact, that it can help to alleviate depression.

A study has found that by surrounding yourself with positive and happy people you can become more cheerful yourself.

This isn’t the case with the depression, however.

Depressed people can’t ‘pass on’ their depression to others, but happy people can ‘pass on’ their happiness to others – including those that are depressed.

A team at Manchester University and Warwick University looked at more than 2,000 teenagers in a network of high school students in the United States to see how their moods influenced each other.

MORE: Scientists have developed a new drug which could treat depression in under 24 hours with minimal side effects

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