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Real story: 'My cannabis paranoia'

Drugs counsellor Darren Gold, from Essex, smoked cannabis heavily for 12 years from the age of 15. His drug use led him into a life of petty crime, filled with several periods in prison. He attributes much of what happened to him to cannabis use. "I started…

Sally's story: post-adoption support for our children

Sally Donovan opens up about the health issues experienced by her two adopted children and the support they receive. Sally and Rob Donovan decided they wanted to start a family in their early thirties. But after years of trying, they were told that they couldn't conceive naturally,…

Should I volunteer?

There's good evidence that volunteering brings benefits to both the person volunteering and the people and organisations they support. Volunteering involves spending unpaid time doing something to help other people or groups, other than (or as well as) close relatives. Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to…

Special care: ill or premature babies

Neonatal care in hospital Special care is sometimes provided on the ordinary postnatal ward and sometimes in a specialist newborn (neonatal) area. Having a baby in neonatal care is naturally worrying for parents and every effort should be made to ensure that you receive the…

Spotting signs of child sexual abuse

One in 20 children in the UK will experience child sexual abuse. Here are the signs to be aware of and what to do if you suspect a child is being sexually abused.  What is child sexual abuse? What are the signs that a child…

Student mental health

Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling. Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, says: "A lot of difficulties are not…

Sun safety advice

Advice for adults and children on sun protection, including: sunscreen clothing eczema  sunburn moles What sun protection factor (SPF) should I use? Sunscreen is not an alternative to covering up with suitable clothing and seeking shade, but it does offer additional protection if applied correctly.…

Sunscreen and sun safety

Advice for adults and children on sunscreen and sun safety in the UK and abroad. Sun safety tips What factor sunscreen (SPF) should I use? What are the SPF and star rating? How to apply sunscreen (video) Swimming and sunscreen  Children and sun protection Protect your eyes  Clothing…

Supporting someone with an eating disorder

If your friend or relative has an eating disorder, such as anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder, you will probably want to do everything you can to help them recover. You're already doing a great job by finding out more about eating disorders and how to…

Talking to your child about their autism

Explaining to your child that they have autism can be difficult for some parents. Here an expert gives some tips on how to have the conversation. In her work as a child psychiatrist with Surrey and Borders NHS Trust, Dr Glòria Durà-Vilà meets many parents in her…