Positive Minds – Socialising through technology

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We have something a little bit different for our first blog of the New Year. We are really pleased to share news of a successful lottery funding application for a super mental health organisation in Bradford. Rally Round will be included as part of the fantastic activity delivered under the new scheme, which focuses on improving ‘connectivity’ for older people in the District. The Chair of Positive Minds, Marilyn Foster, has worked tirelessly for many years raising awareness about depression and other mental health concerns for older people. She heads up a consortium of like-minded groups and charities that together form Positive Minds. The project was based on research showing…

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asking for help

If you want help, just ask. You might be surprised!

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For a lot of people, the idea of asking for help is daunting. We assume the person or people we ask will say no or that we are demanding too much of them. So we often don’t ask when we need help or wait till we are desperate. But are we right to be so worried? I’ve been thinking this over for a while now and doing a bit of Googling. Guess what, Francis Flynn and Vanessa Lake, two researchers in Psychology at Stanford University, have looked into this very question, with some interesting findings. In a paper, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in July 2008,…

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Reaction to reading Sue Bourne’s article in The Guardian exploring loneliness. In this fascinating article Sue Bourne writing in The Guardian explores loneliness. I found her finishing statement particularly powerful and resonant ‘People of all ages missed someone to do nothing with. To chat idly. To sit next to. Part of me feels we have to train ourselves to enjoy solitude more. And perhaps also work harder at being kind to others and creating new support networks to replace the traditional ones, now lost.’ I’ve often found myself reading articles that explicitly place loneliness as the preserve of the elderly. The people who have had, and lost, friends and family…

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