Newsletters 2017-2019

Date: 5th June 2019

How does social media impact the mental health of young people?

Dr. Linda Papadopoulos discusses the different ways in which social media impacts the mental health of young people, and why it is important that parents discuss these potential risks with their children.
https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/expert-opinion/social-media-impact-mental-health-young people/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIxsap8sK82wIVCIfVCh2dvAluEAMYASAAEgLTKfD_BwE

Date: 20th November 2017

Five Tips for Improving Monday Mornings

Author: Gretchin Rubin, writer of ‘The Happiness Project’, explores the steps you can take to get over those Monday morning blues, ultimately, Mondays, like any other day, are what you make them.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201004/five-tips-improving-monday-mornings

Date: 6th November 2017

Power Foods for the Brain

Dr Barnard talks about how our diet and lifestyle can protect our brains from diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment in a TED talk in 2016. A very interesting watch!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_ONFix_e4k

Date: 30th October 2017

The rise of ADHD: An educational psychology perspective

October has been Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness Month. Past chair of our Division of Educational Psychology (DECP), Vivian Hill, gives her thoughts on rising ADHD rates and the role of educational psychologists.
https://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/rise-adhd-educational-psychology-perspective

Date: 23rd October 2017

The effect of emotions on your behaviour depends partly on your expectations

Will you get a better result from a business negotiation if you get angry or remain calm? What about a creative task – will you come up with more solutions to a problem if you’re excited, or relaxed? This article explores how your expectations may lead to advantages and disadvantages in different scenarios.
http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/effect-emotions-your-behaviour-depends-partly-your-expectations

Date: 9th October 2017

National mental health event looks for real change in workplace culture

Joint BPS and SOM takes a look at workplace mental health and how a chance in a workplace culture can be achieved
http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/national-mental-health-event-looks-real-change-workplace-culture

Date: 7th September 2017

A change in society for young people’s mental health

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YoungpeopleMentalHealthShrewspyschologycentre

A review from a Clinical Psychologist explains the growing issue of Mental Health problems and how young people’s mental health should not be forgotten:
Read more on the British Psychological Society

https://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/clinical-psychologist-calls-societal-change-boost-young-people’s-wellbein

31st March 2017

Electrosensitivity and Connectedness to Nature

Electrosensitive individuals claim that electronmagnetic signals like wifi make them ill. This new study finds a link between electrosensitivity and a feeling of connectedness to nature.
Read more on the website of the British Psychological Society

http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/people-who-feel-connected-nature-are-more-prone-%E2%80%9Celectrosensitivity%E2%80%9D

Date: 29th March 2017

Character with Autism to be introduced on Sesame Street

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SesameStShrewsburypyschologycentre

On the 10th of April Julia, a four-year-old character with autism, will make her first appearance on the popular kids programme Sesame Street.
The creators hope to educate their young audience on autism and increase awareness and understanding from a young age.
Read more on website of The Guardian.

www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/mar/20/sesame-street-autism-muppet-julia

Date: 24th March 2017

Gain Control of your Free Time

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GaincontrolofYourTime

Laura Vanderkam gives tips on time management and shows how to “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.”
Follow the link below to watch her TED talk.

www.ted.com/talks/laura_vanderkam_how_to_gain_control_of_your_free_time#t-699815

Date: 22nd March 2017

When apologizing is hard

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WhenApologizingisHard

Do you belong to the many people who have problems to admit when they’ve done something wrong and need to apologize?
Then this article on Psychology Today might be a read for you!

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201703/the-mindset-makes-it-hard-admit-youre-wrong

Date: 17th March 2017

BPS publishes Declaration on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The British Psychological Society published a declaration of their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
Read more on website of the BPS

http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-publishes-declaration-equality-diversity-and-inclusion

Date: 15th March 2017

NICE developing Guidelines on work with Abused Children

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NICEGuildlinesonWorkwithAbusedChildren

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence works to develop guidelines improving the support of abused or neglected children.
Read more on the Institues Website

indepth.nice.org.uk/nice-guidelines-aim-to-improve-how-children-at-risk-of-abuse-or-neglect-are-helped-and-supported/index.html?utm_content=buffere00e9&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Loving Parents and Civil War

Humanitarian Psychologist Aala El-Khani gives a heart-felt TED talk on how to support refugee parents and help them protect their children.

www.ted.com/talks/aala_el_khani_what_it_s_like_to_be_a_parent_in_a_war_zone#t-843090

Date: 8th March 2017

Mental Health in LGBT communities

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MentalHealthinLGBTcommunities

There is a significant mental health gap between straight and LGBT communities and so called micro stressors caused by living a life differing from the majority are one of the reasons.
This article on Huffington Post shines a light on those and other factors causing the gap and explains why steps like marriage equality, while huge and important, are only just the beginning to closing it.

huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/gay-loneliness/

Date: 8th March 2017

Exams “stress out parents too”

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ExamsStressoutParentstoo

Exams are stressful for almost all students. But not knowing how to support their children can take a toll on parents’ mental health as well.
Read the article on BBC news to learn more.

bbc.co.uk/news/education-39194335

Date: 3rd March 2017

Physical restraint in metal health units

The risk of re-traumatizing is high for women in mental health units: one in five women is subjected to physical restraint
Read the article on the guardian website below to learn more about the brutality far too many women experience in an environment that should be empathetic and supportive.

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/02/physical-restraint-women-mental-health-units?CMP=share_btn_tw

Date: 1st March 2017

Dealing with the Inner Critic

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DealingwithInnerCritic

The nagging voice inside our heads can be exhausting an discouraging, especially when we want to start new projects.
Read the article on Psychology Today to learn a few tricks on how to deal with the annoying Inner Critic!

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-personal-renaissance/201703/stop-sabotaging-yourself?#=

Date: 24th February 2017

How do you talk to your children?

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HowdoyouTalktoyourChildren

New research shows that the way we talk to our children can help them remember events like museum visits and even science lessons.
Parents who ask a lot of questions and encourage long, detailed answers help train their children’s memory. Read the article below published by the British Psychological Society to learn more!

digest.bps.org.uk/2017/02/23/could-the-way-we-talk-to-children-help-them-remember-their-science-lessons/

Date: 22nd February 2017

How to spot signs of Child Abuse

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HowtoSpotsignsofChildAbuse

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence gives advice on how to look for “soft” signs of a child being neglected or abused.
Adults working with children should be more sensitive toward certain behaviours, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) warns. Read the article published on BBC News to learn more.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39038529

Date: 21st February 2017

The Power of Body Language

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PowerofBodyLanguage

Just the way you hold yourself greatly influences how you feel and are perceived by others. Your posture even affects brain chemistry!
Watch Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on Body Language to learn more!

www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are

Date: 17th February 2017

Personality and Sharing Good News

New study finds links between personality traits like agreeableness and empathy and the way share good news.
How do you celebrate good news? Do you call your mother or a close friend or do you enjoy sharing your success on social media? A new study finds links between personality traits like agreeableness and empathy and the way share good news.
Read the publication by the British Psychological society below to learn more.

digest.bps.org.uk/2017/02/16/psychologists-say-the-way-we-choose-to-share-our-good-news-is-rather-revealing/

Date: 15th February 2017

A Multivocal Self

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MultivocalSelf

Are you bi- or multilingual or would you like to know more about what it’s like growing up in a multilingual environment?
Read this interview with Dr. Julie Choi on Psychology Today to learn about self-image, vulnerabilities and the interesting journey of multilingual people.

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/life-bilingual/201702/multivocal-self

Date: 10th February 2017

Synesthesia – Different Ways of Knowing

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Synesthesia-DifferentWaysofKnowing

In this TED talk Daniel Tammet talks about his personal experience with Synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon that causes people’s different pathways of perception to be woven together.
The neurological phenomenon known as Synesthesia greatly influences the perception of people who experience it. Stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic stimulation of another. For example a grapheme-colour Synesthet might perceive letters or numbers as inherently coloured.
In his TED talk Daniel Tammet talks about his personal experience with Synethesia and gives examples of how he sees the world.

www.ted.com/talks/daniel_tammet_different_ways_of_knowing#t-388611

Date: 8th February 2017

Worrying and why you can’t stop

Are you a chronic worrier overthinking every tiny detail and wonder why it feels so impossible to just stop?
Read this publication by the British Psychological Society and learn what cognitive and emotional factors can lead to prolonged bouts of worrying.

http://beta.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/reasons-why-once-we-start-worrying-some-us-just-cant-stop

Date: 3rd February 2017

Neuroscience – Future or End of Psychology?

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Newroscience-FutureorEndofPsychology

Neurosciences are rising in popularity. But can we reduce all the abilities and workings of our mind to brain functions?
Read the article on Psychology Today to find out more about the recent rise of Neuroscience, it’s influence on the field of Psychology and where those changes might lead us.

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/talking-apes/201702/is-neuroscience-the-future-or-the-end-psychology

Date: 1st February 2017

The Privilege of Mental Health

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PrivilegeofMentalHealth

Read John Pavlovitz’s thoughts on mental health – and why you might have more to be grateful for than you realize.
If you made it out of bed today without struggling, if you can talk to strangers without a feeling of panic creeping in and can handle little everyday tasks without being overwhelmed it is time for you to become aware of how much you have to be grateful for! Read the article by John Pavlovitz below.

johnpavlovitz.com/2016/07/05/the-privilege-of-mental-health/

Date: 27th February 2017

Rituals reduce Anxiety and boost Performance

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RitualsrduceAnxietyandboostPerformance

Find out how and why performing a ritual before facing a difficult task can help you.
Anxious about your performance? No matter if it’s about work, sports or your private life: Performing a ritual before facing a difficult task helps more than you’d expect! Read up on the latest research in the following article published by the British Psychological Society.

www.digest.bps.org.uk/2017/01/25/the-power-of-rituals-they-calm-nerves-and-boost-performance/

Date: 25th January 2017

The Danger of a single Story

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theDangerofaSingleStory

Chimamanda Adichie talks about the dangers of looking at people and cultures in only one way.
Our team at Shrewsbury Psychology Centre would like to invite you to look at yourself, your problems and the people around you in many different ways, opening your eyes to new perspectives and possibilities you had not considered before. That is an integral part of our approach and work with you.

This TED talk by novelist Chimamanda Adichie raises a few interesting points about how dangerous it can be to look at other people and cultures from only one, limited point of view.

www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story

Date: 24th January 2017

Improve your Mental and Physical Health

Make use of the fabulous weather and take a walk today. Your mind and body will thank you!
Considering our development and evolution over millions of years it’s no surprise that being outdoors is good for us. That’s where we come from, we were made for it, after all! But how exactly do we benefit from a simple walk in the park? And how do we make the most of our time outdoors? Read this article on Psychology Today to learn more.

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/here-there-and-everywhere/201701/get-outside-improve-your-mental-and-physical-health

Date: 18th January 2017

The Psychology of Time

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ThePsychologyofTime

Are you past-, present- or future-oriented and what consequences might your personal time perspective have?
Learn more about yourself and the meaning of time and your personal perspective on it watching Philip Zimbardo’s short TED talk about The Psychology of Time.

www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_prescribes_a_healthy_take_on_time#t-65876

Date: 17th Januaary 2017

Implicit Bias and how to measure it

Can we really measure how implicitly biased people are or is the implicit association task not everything it is said to be?
Find out more about the implicit association task and new research surrounding it in the first article or browse the full list for other interesting psychology news!

digest.bps.org.uk/2017/01/14/psychologys-favorite-tool-for-measuring-racism-isnt-up-to-the-job/#more-17088

Date: 13 January 2017

Social Media and Depression

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SocialMediaandDepression

Are you using your online presence in a healthy or harmful way?
Social Media can both harm and improve our mental health. Read up on how to use your online presence in a positive way – and what to avoid – in this article on Psychology Today.

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evidence-based-living/201701/how-avoid-depression-induced-social-media

Date: 11th January 2017

The Evolution of our Minds

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TheEveolutionofourMinds

This TED Talk by Thomas Suddendorf explains the evolution of our extraordinary minds.
Darwin’s work influenced a whole array of different scientific fields. Psychology is, of course, among them. Watch this TED talk by Thomas Suddendorf to learn more about the evolution of our minds.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLBfJYnXFU4

Date: 6th January 2017

How Jokes At Work Affect Your Status

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HowJokesatworkaffectsyouStatus

Telling jokes at work can make you seem more confident and competent in the eyes of your colleagues.
Make a few light-hearted jokes this Friday afternoon and spend the time until the weekend earning the admiration of your colleagues!
This article by the BPS explains the science behind it.

www.digest.bps.org.uk/2017/01/06/done-tastefully-joke-telling-at-work-could-make-you-appear-more-confident-and-competent/

Date: 4th January 2017

The easy New Years Resolution

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TheEasyNewYearsResolution

Start a gratitude jar and learn to appreciate the little things.
This is a great way to stick to your resolution of bringing more positivity into your life. Read the article on Psychology Today and start your gratitude jar. It only takes a minute each day!

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/happy-trails/201701/one-minute-gratitude-jump-start