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Practitioner Toolkit

The Practitioner Toolkit contains information and tools for issues arising in work with children, young people and families. This page contains resources on concerns which might arise while helping a child or family, organised by topics, linked to searches for local organisations which can support work around…

Life with osteoarthritis

Kathleen Smith from Willenhall, West Midlands, has lived with osteoarthritis for over 20 years, after being diagnosed at 41. She learned to swim when she was 54, to help ease the pain and stiffness. "The first symptoms I had were pain at the top of my neck and…

Life after cancer treatment

People feel all sorts of different emotions when their cancer treatment ends. Some feel able to get on with life easily when their treatment finishes, and put the experience behind them. Others find the physical and emotional impact of their cancer hits home when it's…

Teaching your child good eating skills

Children with special needs can take longer to learn how to eat independently. Read these top tips for mealtimes. Eating a meal can be particularly challenging for children who have disabilities. A lack of fine motor skills (like finding it hard to hold a fork), sensory…

Tips for a stress-free divorce

Divorce can cause problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and panic attacks according to Paula Hall, relationship psychotherapist at the charity Relate. "This can affect sleep, which can cause tiredness, exhaustion and a lack of focus and concentration," she says. "There's a lot to think about during a divorce, particularly looking after…

10 ways to reduce pain

Whether your pain has just come on or you've lived with it for years, these tried-and-tested self-help steps can bring you relief. Get some gentle exercise Simple, everyday activities like walking, swimming, gardening and dancing can ease some of the pain directly by blocking pain signals…

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…

'My search for a back pain cure'

Vicky Joseph's back pain started while she was on a training walk, preparing for a trekking holiday in Nepal. The pain got so severe that she became depressed and had to leave her job. She spent years searching for a cure for the pain. She consulted specialists up and down…

Healthy living with diabetes

If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, you will need to pay special attention to certain aspects of your health and lifestyle. Diabetes doesn't have to stop you from leading the life you want. Nor does it mean you'll necessarily have other serious health problems in…

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…