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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,…

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…

How to spot child sexual exploitation

Each year in England thousands of children and young people are raped or sexually abused. This includes children who have been abducted and trafficked, or beaten, threatened or bribed into having sex. Media coverage of police investigations into the crimes of Jimmy Savile and other…

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…

Gay health: access to healthcare

As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person you are entitled to exactly the same standards of care as heterosexual people in the NHS. Your rights are now clearly stated in the NHS Constitution, which all NHS organisations have to comply with. It's a good idea…

Bullying: how to stop it

If you're being bullied, you may feel isolated or frightened. You may find it hard to make friends or talk to people your age. But you don't have to put up with bullying. To stop the bullying, speak to someone. Asking for help is not…

Fasting and your health

Fasting during the month of Ramadan can be good for your health if it's done correctly. If you're overweight, it can be an opportunity to lose weight - provided you eat healthily when you break the fast.  What happens to your body when you fast The changes that…

'I was addicted to love'

Broadcaster and journalist Clare Catford explains how love addiction affected her life, and talks about the treatment she received. "I now realise that I've been addictive from a very early age. I had all the 'normal' obsessions with pop stars, then I developed huge crushes on…

The Outcomes Star

The Outcomes Star™ is a suite of tools used for measuring change for supporting and measuring change when working with people.  The Outcomes Star™ both measures and supports progress for service users towards self-reliance or other goals. The Stars are designed to be completed collaboratively as…

Diabetes: the facts

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body's ability to process sugar or glucose. It can have serious health consequences. However, with careful management, people with diabetes can continue to lead full, healthy and active lives. People with diabetes are unable to stop the…