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By Fritha Roberts (age 23)

Why is research in mental health important? I recently gave a presentation answering this question as part of an interview.A fairly anxiety provoking experience, but I managed to force-out four main points that popped out to me at the time.These were:

1. Research can be used as a tool to investigate whether current forms of treatment and diagnosis are any good and suggest how they can be improved.

By Dr Richard Pratt

Human babies are incredibly sophisticated and absolutely vulnerable. They recognise your voice before birth – they can copy your expression just after birth. They are also completely dependent upon us as parents. This can be a source of joy and (sometimes) overwhelming responsibility. Babies cannot make sense of what they feel and can only learn to understand and manage feelings with our help. This is all well and good when we are well but can be a struggle if we are distressed or worried.

By Verity Smith, Assistant Psychologist for the Norfolk PIMH Attachment Project

Communicating with babies can be difficult; it can be difficult because babies don’t communicate through language. For lots of us talking is our primary method of telling others how we feel, what we need and what is important to us.

It’s getting closer and closer to Christmas! It’s a time for giving, sharing and celebrating. Whether you are planning on drinking alcohol, using substances or staying sober during the festive period, there are things you can do before, during and after your night to keep yourself safe.

Before you go out:

There’s no simple way to explain the journey at number 5 Airey Close. But trust me, it’s worth it.

As a former patient of this particular Adolescent Inpatient Unit for young people aged from 12 to 18 years, I pretty much know the ins and outs of the unit. For the first few weeks - maybe months even - your illness will be at its worst. You won’t be used to having people have control over you, so you will try anything possible to get away with unhealthy things. It will be exhausting.

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