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Our expert team works with individuals and organisations on a daily basis, sharing techniques, information and life skills across our full range of courses. In our blog, we take an opportunity to reflect on key issues, useful resources and helpful data to better support our online community. If there are subjects you’d like us to look at or if you have any queries about anything produced in our blog please email hello@digitalbrickslearning.com. 

Education
mental health

Resilience as we return to 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

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women talking on swing
mental health

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

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

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Men Talking Mental Health
mental health

Helping men find easy ways to support their 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

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Older couple by the sea
Post covid

The Older Generation and COVID-19

Preparing for the journey out of lockdown could be seen as an adventure. This is creating a feeling of excitement and anticipation for many, but not for all. As we move through the early stages of our journey out of lockdown, my thoughts have turned to the older generation and the changes that have occurred

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Image by Water of Leith Conservation Trust 2021
mental health

Take me to the river

A year before the pandemic we moved to a flat directly overlooking a river. Initially we worried that it could flood (it had done in the past) but it was so picturesque and mesmerising that we took a chance and, despite some freak weather when the flood gates got locked and we lost a beautiful

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covid

Living alone during lockdown or other periods of isolation.

Some of us get along fine with our own company, others feel isolated and lonely, and the last couple of years have exacerbated those feelings. For a person looking for a relationship, the challenges of physically meeting someone have been barriers. For others not looking for relationships, missing meeting up with friends is a challenge

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Bears fighting
covid

Getting on with your partner during lockdown

In our sessions, we often hear from people who are worried about the mental health of their partners. And if you are both struggling with your mental health it can be hard to have the time or energy to be supportive to each other. If you are in the middle of your working day and

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stress

Understanding stress

Some of us get along fine with our own company, others feel isolated and lonely, and the last couple of years have exacerbated those feelings. For a person looking for a relationship, finding new connections or missing meeting up with friends is a challenge that can feel difficult to manage. Even though restrictions change all

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Challenges for mothers during lockdown

A Course attendee, at one of our mental health first aid courses, said: “I feel as though I have three jobs now and I am overwhelmed and failing at all of them.” A recent study of over 6,000 adults by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that one in three women who are homeschooling

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Children in lockdown

The impact on kids and on family life During many of our recent training sessions, parents have often expressed that they are now looking after or are concerned about the mental health of their children. We’ve compiled some ideas from these sessions that we find work for us. Whilst we are looking forward to things

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