Going beyond the rainbow

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In June 1969, the first Pride march took place in the form of an historical protest, at the Stonewall demonstrations in New York City.  Since then, we have seen Pride evolve into a joyous celebration, with big parades and marches exploding with colour, love and friendship – showing just how far LGBTQ+ rights have come.  […]

The Power of Connection

When I became pregnant by accident at the age of 40, it was a colossal shock, and turned my comfortable, independent life upside down.  My life had centered around my career, my love of fitness and my group of wonderful friends, and I was enjoying a blossoming relationship with a new partner.  I was happy […]

Returning to the workplace

For the past two years, people all over the world have eagerly waited for the pandemic to end. As we’ve adapted, innovated, and persevered, life and workplaces are now starting to look a bit more ‘normal.’ However, many organisational routines and processes might not fit our new normal. And that’s okay. In fact, recognising this […]

Mental Health First Response in the workplace

Mental Health is a much-neglected aspect of business life that can significantly impact the efficiency and effectiveness of any workforce. In this post, we will look at why mental health is an essential factor for businesses to consider and what they can do to help their employees remain mentally well. The importance of developing awareness […]

Learning the Lessons of Self-Kindness

Anti-Bullying Week takes place this year from the 15th to the 19th November and this year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. What is kindness? It’s a question I have considered deeply. Not because I was initially interested in the topic, but because life brought me circumstances where I had no choice but to look more […]

Emotional Intelligence: understanding and managing our emotions

Isn’t it fascinating to see how differently we’ve all dealt with living in a pandemic? I know many people who still choose to avoid meeting anyone indoors, and then there are others who are happily dining out and attending a variety of events. The real challenge in this is managing not to judge others who […]

Resilience as we return to education

Education

Many students of all ages are returning to education over the next few weeks across the UK. Talking to both school-age children and university students in the course of writing this blog, as a mother of a thirteen-year-old who is going into year two of High School as well as being an adult student myself […]

Through the work we do, we teach people they aren’t alone

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This July we are supporting Samaritan’s annual awareness campaign, Talk to Us #WeListen. At Digital Bricks, we constantly develop and teach a full suite of courses that help people learn the communication skills to respond to signs of poor mental health in themselves and others, both at home and at work. These courses include certified […]

Helping men find easy ways to support their mental health

Men Talking Mental Health

The 22nd of June marks International Father’s Mental Health Week. For any of us, the first steps in seeking help for our mental health can be daunting. For men especially, there can be a reluctance to talk about their problems, having likely been told at various stages of their life to “man up” and deal with […]