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Introducing 'ForYou' Library by Phase

Bethany Murray | 4th January 2017

Introducing the 'ForYou' library from Phase When you are faced with difficult things in life, you need good, relevant, true, helpful information and advice at your finger tips. The internet, libraries, magazines and friends or family may be full of loads of information on many topics but it can be a minefield. One that you probably don't have the

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My year with Phase

Bethany Murray | 2nd August 2016

This year I have been working with Phase as the 'Self-harm Support Intern' and what an exciting year it has been. I've seen Phase achieve so much and am excited about the future of the charity which I will continue to support and be involved with, just perhaps from more of a distance as my next three years will be spent up north at Newcastle Univer

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Talking to someone who struggles with self-harm

Bethany Murray | 22nd June 2016

Earlier this year, Phase was asked to write something about what are some helpful things to say to a young person struggling with self-harm. I’ve spent some time putting together a list of some common things people may say, why they might not be so helpful and what people could say instead. "Promise me you won't do it again" Self-harm is

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2016

Bethany Murray | 9th June 2016

(16th - 22nd May 2016, was Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the theme was relationships.) This blog post is titled 'people need other people' “You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be th

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Self-harm Awareness Day: A personal reflection

Bethany Murray | 1st March 2016

To me, self harm awareness day is an incredibly important day. A 13 year battle with self harm that I'm yet to feel I have truly left behind means I have more than my fair share of experiences that show why more awareness of this issue is so incredibly necessary. Out of the 13 years of this struggle it's only been for 4 of them that anyone apart fr

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Getting creative

Bethany Murray | 25th February 2016

Phase's newest project 'Creative Space' has been launched and is under way. We've had 7 students attend the sessions so far with some great cretaive work produced, good conversations had and a relaxed, chatty, fun, supportive atmosphere created. In Tuesday's session we spoke about March 1st next week being Self-harm Awareness day. Some of our creat

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Creative space

Bethany Murray | 9th February 2016

Creativity noun | cre·a·tiv·i·ty | The state or quality of being creative. The ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas. Many people avoid activities labelled as "creative" using excuses such as "I never liked art" and "I cant draw". Being creative can be a daunting prospect to many pe

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Be a light at Christmas

Bethany Murray | 23rd December 2015

What words do you associate with Christmas? Cambridge university press gathered data on the words most commonly associated with Christmas and the top 300 words revealed a strong association between the holidays and a sense of family and positive relationships as well as showing that the most frequent category to appear were words relating to feeli

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Mind The Gap

Bethany Murray | 14th December 2015

A November article in The Times has said that children all across the country with depression, anxiety and eating disorders are being denied treatment because of a lack of urgency by ministers to address a crisis in mental health services. Statistics are showing that 1 in 5 children referred to mental heath services by their GP are being denied t

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The Big Mental Health Day 2015

Bethany Murray | 22nd October 2015

Saturday 10th October was World Mental Health Day 2015, a day for raising awareness about Mental Health founded by the World Federation for Mental Health. Donna and I caught a busy train, bright and early in the morning and whizzed off to Hammersmith in London. We attended The Big Mental Health Day conference hosted by charities Premier, Mind and S

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Introducing Bethany

Bethany Murray | 28th September 2015

Introductions are a difficult thing and I was going to attempt something vaguely humorous or original but how about hi, I’m Bethany, I am 20 years old and have never had a pot noodle. (Apparently that's a surprising fact??) I am joining the Phase team on placement for the Health and Social Care qualification I am studying for and I will be working

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