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Good Thinking’s latest news, advice and tips on managing your mental health plus guest blogs and personal stories from experts, Good Thinking users and communities from across London.

Living with a family secret – how stigma and stress became part of my daily life

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LAST REVIEWED 11 June 2024

Sarah Drage is a passionate mental health advocate, and founder of WarriorKind CIC, a not-for-profit mental health support organisation. In this blog, Sarah talks about her experiences growing up as the child of an alcoholic, the stigma around talking about this and how it impacted her mental health.

How to quit smoking and boost your mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 30 May 2024

Want to quit smoking? Stop Smoking London and Good Thinking provide advice to help you quit and stay calm in the process.

How to move more to boost your mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 14 May 2024

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), the Good Thinking team provides tips to help Londoners move more. Whether you walk, run, cycle, swim or dance, find out why exercise has so many benefits for your wellbeing.

Stressed about exams? Focus on what you can control

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LAST REVIEWED 2 May 2024

Good Thinking offers advice to students of all ages across London to help them stay mentally well while taking their exams.

How to connect with nature to boost your wellbeing

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LAST REVIEWED 18 March 2024

Nature is closely linked to positive wellbeing. In this article, Good Thinking offers 8 tips to help you make the most of London’s green spaces.

Ramadan – a healing time for physical and mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 7 March 2024

In this blog, Good Thinking’s Project Officer, Samira, shares her experience of observing Ramadan and how taking time for spiritual reflection can benefit your mental wellbeing.

Advice about eating disorders for parents and carers

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LAST REVIEWED 29 February 2024

If you need advice about how to support a young person who has an eating disorder, Good Thinking provides tips and links to support organisations.

Advice from young Londoners on how to cope if you're being bullied

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LAST REVIEWED 6 February 2024

Good Thinking’s Digital Health Ambassadors provide their top tips.

Good Thinking meets... The Great London Friendship Project

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LAST REVIEWED 16 January 2024

Ahead of Great Mental Health Day 2024 on Friday 26 January, David Gradon explains how he is helping young adults across London to build meaningful connections.

Good Thinking’s guide to winter wellbeing

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LAST REVIEWED 15 January 2024

Get practical tips to help you stay mentally healthy in the months ahead.

Great Mental Health Day 2023: How will you celebrate the power of community kindness?

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LAST REVIEWED 12 January 2024

Great Mental Health Day 2023: How will you celebrate the power of community kindness?

Kick off 2024 Feeling Good!

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LAST REVIEWED 12 January 2024

The Feeling Good app is available FREE for Londoners via Good Thinking! Find out how the Feeling Good and Feeling Good Teens apps can help you to boost your mood and become mentally stronger.

The rising cost of living: How to look after your mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 12 December 2023

Good Thinking’s advice for Londoners who are struggling with anxiety, low mood and other mental health conditions due to financial worries.

How to cope with loneliness

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LAST REVIEWED 11 December 2023

1 in 12 Londoners experience loneliness. If you’re one of them, you might find Good Thinking’s wellbeing tips and links to further support useful.

12 ways to good mental wellbeing for the festive season

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LAST REVIEWED 8 December 2023

Good Thinking provides various tips to help Londoners who may be feeling anxious, stressed or lonely during the festive season.

Why are so many children resorting to ‘social media DIY’ mental health support?

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LAST REVIEWED 7 November 2023

In this guest blog, Dr Nihara Krause MBE, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CEO and founder of stem4, discusses the charity’s latest survey findings.

Supporting young people to influence improvement in mental health care

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LAST REVIEWED 7 November 2023

Shelby Davies leads Partnership for Young London’s Digital Health Ambassador programme. In this blog, they discuss the importance of including young people’s voices in mental health service design and delivery, and how the ambassadors collaborate with Good Thinking to create and improve digital support and resources for young Londoners.

Six tips to help you deal with bullying

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LAST REVIEWED 1 November 2023

To mark Anti-Bullying Week 2022, Good Thinking has updated its tips to help children and young people deal with online and face-to-face bullying.

Five wellbeing tips for going back to school

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LAST REVIEWED 1 November 2023

Are you dreading the end of the summer holidays? Good Thinking’s advice will help you to embrace what’s coming up.

Mind the gap - why culturally competent mental health support is vital for black students in London

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LAST REVIEWED 1 November 2023

In this blog, Andy Owusu explains how the Office for Students' Black Students Mental Health Project is using students' voices to develop resources that encourage black students to talk about mental health and gain access to the right support at London South Bank University (LSBU).

World Mental Health Day 2023

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LAST REVIEWED 10 October 2023

New Good Thinking toolkits will help faith communities across London to focus on their wellbeing in line with their religious beliefs.

My experience as an autistic student at university

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LAST REVIEWED 26 September 2023

In this guest blog, recent London South Bank University (LSBU) graduate Michael draws on his own experience to provide advice for other students with autism.

Being queer in isolation

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LAST REVIEWED 13 September 2023

This blog was written by MIRI, a musician and member of the Speakers Collective.

Results day: How to stay positive and move forward

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LAST REVIEWED 16 August 2023

Worried about your exam results? Good Thinking provides some practical tips to help teenagers across London.

Advice for parents and carers about the stress of exam results

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LAST REVIEWED 8 August 2023

If someone in your family is getting their GCSE, A Level, AS Level, T Level or VTQ results soon, they might be feeling anxious and stressed. So, how can you help them to stay calm in the run-up to results day and deal with what happens afterwards?

How to establish a routine

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LAST REVIEWED 31 July 2023

Having a routine and structure is good for your mental health. Good Thinking provides tips to help you focus on what you enjoy and get enough sleep.

Five ways to good mental wellbeing

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LAST REVIEWED 20 July 2023

Follow the five ways to good mental wellbeing and find out how Good Thinking’s resources can help you to boost your mood.

How to get urgent support for children and young people

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LAST REVIEWED 20 July 2023

If you feel extremely distressed and worried that you might not be able to keep yourself safe, there is lots of urgent support available, including 24/7 NHS mental health helplines in every London borough.

How to manage boredom

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LAST REVIEWED 4 July 2023

If you are feeling bored and can’t motivate yourself, use Good Thinking’s tips to get out of a rut and boost your mental wellbeing.

Collective loss and grief

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LAST REVIEWED 21 June 2023

If you’ve been affected by the death of a public figure, Good Thinking’s bereavement resources and wellbeing advice can help you to process your emotions.

Looking after your wellbeing as a Black Queer student in London

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LAST REVIEWED 14 June 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU). In this blog, third year student Michael shares his experience of starting university as a Black Queer student and some of the ways he looks after his mental health and wellbeing.

Black students: The mental health impact of racialised experiences

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LAST REVIEWED 9 June 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU). This blog addresses some of the main issues that black LSBU students identified as affecting their mental health and contains practical advice for coping with these challenges.

How to use journaling to boost your mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 23 May 2023

Looking for a simple way to process your emotions? Good Thinking and London South Bank University (LSBU) provide some guidance on journaling.

Internalised racism and oppression

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LAST REVIEWED 17 April 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU).This blog explains how racism can affect feelings of inferiority, hopelessness and low self-esteem and is a considerable mental health risk for the black community.

How is smoking affecting my sleep?

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LAST REVIEWED 17 March 2023

On World Sleep Day, Stop Smoking London and Good Thinking examine the impact that smoking has on a good night’s sleep and give tips on how to quit and build healthy sleep habits.

The impact of racial microaggressions on mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 10 March 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU). This blog explains what microagressions, microassaults, microinsults and microinvalidations are, how they can affect black students' mental health, and how to address them with microaffirmations, microresistance and self-care.

What makes you happy?

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LAST REVIEWED 10 March 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU). This blog asks ‘do you know what brings happiness to your life?’ and helps you to focus on the small things that bring you joy as a pathway to boosting your mental wellbeing.

Let’s talk about mental health

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LAST REVIEWED 10 March 2023

A guest blog by the Black Students Mental Health Project at London South Bank University (LSBU). This blog explores the benefits of getting to know yourself and seeking mental health support when you feel you need it.

Advice for parents and carers of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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LAST REVIEWED 15 February 2023

Children with ADHD can be energetic, inattentive and impulsive to varying degrees. All these behaviours may seem worse when mixed with anxiety, excitement, boredom and change in routine, as any parent and teacher knows. The advice in this article is to help you think about how to manage your child with ADHD when there is a change in their routine – for example, during the school holidays.

Children’s Mental Health Week 2023: Good Thinking launches wellbeing guides for families

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LAST REVIEWED 8 February 2023

New guides for children, young people, parents and carers help Londoners to connect with and support other people.

Good Thinking x Great Mental Health Day 2023

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LAST REVIEWED 2 February 2023

Good Thinking marks Great Mental Health Day 2023 by launching two new quick guides to help Londoners support friends, family, colleagues and others who might be struggling with their mental wellbeing.

Five smooth stones

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LAST REVIEWED 1 February 2023

This blog about dealing with depression and post-traumatic stress was written by former police officer Nigel Fawcett-Jones. Nigel is now a volunteer Police Chaplain and the UK manager of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, a team of crisis trained chaplains.

How to get enough sleep

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LAST REVIEWED 1 February 2023

Struggling to sleep? Good Thinking provides quick tips, free wellbeing apps and a comprehensive Sleep Workbook to help you get better sleep.

Young carers: How to look after yourself

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LAST REVIEWED 29 January 2023

If you’re a young carer, check out Good Thinking’s wellbeing tips to help you look after yourself as well as your loved ones.

How to maintain a healthy, balanced diet

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LAST REVIEWED 26 January 2023

Did you know that what you eat can affect your mood? Check out Good Thinking’s advice about following a healthy diet and boosting your wellbeing.

How to develop a new healthy habit

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LAST REVIEWED 26 January 2023

Did you know that change can be a springboard to developing new healthy habits? Follow the advice from Good Thinking and a behaviour change expert.

How to deal with stress

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LAST REVIEWED 16 January 2023

Feeling stressed? Focus on what you can control. Good Thinking explains why this is so important and where to go if you need further support.

Blog: "Remaining connected to other trans people has been essential for me"

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LAST REVIEWED 22 December 2022

Jodi shares their experiences of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to deal with uncertainty

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LAST REVIEWED 17 December 2022

We’re living in uncertain times and this might be having an impact on your mental health. Good Thinking is here to help reduce anxiety and stress.

A new-look Good Thinking – created by Londoners for Londoners

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LAST REVIEWED 22 November 2022

More than 690,000 people have already benefited from Good Thinking’s on-demand and round-the-clock mental health support – why not check out our new-look service to see how we can help you on your path to good mental wellbeing?

How to use the Good Thinking service

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LAST REVIEWED 11 November 2022

New to Good Thinking? Here’s how to use London’s digital mental wellbeing service and find free resources to boost your mental health.

Don’t feel safe at home? Where to find support for domestic abuse

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LAST REVIEWED 11 November 2022

Domestic abuse can have a negative impact on young people’s mental health. Read Good Thinking’s wellbeing advice and find out where to go for help.

What are the Good Thinking self-assessments and how can they help you to stay on top of your mental health?

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LAST REVIEWED 11 November 2022

Give your mental health a check-up with Good Thinking’s free self-assessments for anxiety, sleep, depression and stress.

How to deal with tension, conflict and domestic abuse

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LAST REVIEWED 11 November 2022

If you’re dealing with tension at home or experiencing domestic violence, Good Thinking provides mental health advice and links to support organisations.

Feeling angry or frustrated? Tips on managing your emotions and behaviour

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LAST REVIEWED 11 November 2022

Feelings of irritation and anger are an instinctive response to threats – for young people and adults. For example, if you’ve fallen out with a friend or you’re stressed about your studies, it’s perfectly natural to feel angry. The important thing is that you know how to manage your emotions and behaviour.

Good Thinking supports over 690,000 people over first five years

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LAST REVIEWED 31 October 2022

On 1st November 2022 we celebrate 5 years of Good Thinking and helping over 690,000 people to find their own path to good mental health and wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day 2022

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LAST REVIEWED 10 October 2022

Why Good Thinking strives to be a digital mental wellbeing service for all Londoners.

Keeping cool in the heat: taking care of your mental health over summer

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LAST REVIEWED 15 July 2022

How to look after your mental health during hot weather

Wellbeing support for Afghan evacuees in London

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LAST REVIEWED 18 March 2022

Resources available to support the mental health and wellbeing of Afghan evacuees in London

Growing Together for Children’s Mental Health Week: 7-13 February 2022

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LAST REVIEWED 4 February 2022

Children’s Mental Health Week is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing amongst children and young people

Great Mental Health Day 2022

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LAST REVIEWED 24 January 2022

London comes together to celebrate Great Mental Health Day 2022

What’s real and what’s not? How to spot disinformation, misinformation and fake news

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LAST REVIEWED 15 December 2021

When you look up something online or see a post on social media, how often do you stop to consider if it’s true?

Checklist: What to pack for university

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LAST REVIEWED 5 October 2021

Starting university can be a stressful time, with lots to get organised. Here are some top tips on what to pack.

Six ways to support employees post-lockdown

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LAST REVIEWED 16 August 2021

As employees return to the workplace post-COVID, Good Thinking looks at six ways employers can support their mental health and wellbeing.

The 4 Rs of self-forgiveness

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LAST REVIEWED 2 August 2021

This blog was written by Maaria Mahmood and Hadil Nour of the Muslim Youth Helpline, which has helped over 250,000 people since 2001.

Results day: How to deal with anxiety, stress and imposter syndrome

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LAST REVIEWED 2 August 2021

In this guest blog by Mhairi Underwood of The Student Room, young people get advice about dealing with anxiety and stress ahead of results day.

How to look after your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

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LAST REVIEWED 1 August 2021

Good Thinking has lots of apps and other resources to support you if you feel anxious, sleep deprived, stressed or sad, including a self-assessment tool that has been updated in line with Public Health England’s guidance on coronavirus.

Q&A: Self-harm

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LAST REVIEWED 28 June 2021

London’s digital mental wellbeing service Good Thinking answers some of the questions young people might have about self-harm.

Reflecting on the challenges of COVID-19 for the LGBTQIA+ community

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LAST REVIEWED 14 June 2021

This article was written by Keith Winestein, a member of the Speakers Collective. Keith shares his lived experience of mental health, HIV and AIDS to help others challenge prejudice and to change behaviour.

Screen time: Getting the balance right

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LAST REVIEWED 18 March 2021

Tips on how to get the right balance between your digital spaces and other things in your life.

Dealing with anxiety: Travis’s story (age 16)

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LAST REVIEWED 18 March 2021

Travis shares his experience of dealing with anxiety

Mental Health and debt - CAP is here to help

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LAST REVIEWED 18 March 2021

This blog was written by Andrew Whitaker, the Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Regional Leader for London. With a background in finance and a passion for people, Andrew wants to see everyone across London get the chance to be free of the burden of debt. Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a UK charity determined to reduce UK poverty by delivering debt counselling, money management, job clubs, life skills groups and support for people breaking life controlling habits.

Happiness – be a good friend to yourself first

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LAST REVIEWED 3 March 2021

This article was written by Caroline Lambie, a humanist celebrant with Humanists UK and the London coordinator of the Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network.

"Imagine a world in which even cartoons for children tell boys they can’t feel upset; they must be superheroes. That was my world."

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LAST REVIEWED 21 December 2020

Antonio Ferreira shares his experiences of dealing with mental health challenges.

Coping with stress

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LAST REVIEWED 27 November 2020

This article was written by Paul Hurst, a counsellor, therapist and non-religious pastoral carer. It first appeared in a local magazine called Roundabout.

Carers’ week 10 -16 June: It’s time we talked about carers; time we looked after them too

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LAST REVIEWED 12 June 2019

June 10-16 is Carers’ Week in the UK and Dr Richard Graham, Good Thinking’s Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, has been looking at the very vital and challenging role they play, and what we can do to help support and learn from them 

How can you tell if you’re about to burn out?

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LAST REVIEWED 10 April 2019

April is #StressAwarenessMonth in the UK and Dr Richard Graham, Good Thinking’s Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead, has been discovering: do people always know when they’re stressed?

World Sleep Day 15 March 2019

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LAST REVIEWED 12 March 2019

It’s World Sleep Day on Friday 15 March 2019, so when Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking, says, “We really need to talk about sleep,” we sit up and listen

Time to Talk Day 2019: Thursday 7 February

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LAST REVIEWED 7 February 2019

Dr Richard Graham, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Good Thinking, explains how the journey from listening to talking can be very personal – and that’s OK.

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