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How To... Help a grieving friend

Communicate in a different way

If you find it hard to talk to your friend face to face, you could send a letter, text or email to let them know you are thinking about them.

Listen rather than talk

Talking about the person who died can really help someone begin to cope with their grief. If your friend starts to talk about the person, listen to what they have to say. Don’t try to change the subject, even if it makes you feel uncomfortable. 

Let them express their emotions


How does food affect your mood?

Eat your way to good mental health

When we are stressed we often want to reach for the biscuit tin or treat ourselves with high- calorie foods. But eating junk food can actually make us feel worse. This highlights that the way we choose to fuel our bodies has a direct link to our emotions and mental state. 


HOW TO… Have a healthier relationship with food

Don’t label foods

People often talk about themselves in terms of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ according to what they’ve eaten that day. We tend to pass this concept on to our children, making them feel ‘bad’ for having chocolate and ‘good’ for eating broccoli. This can also create stress and complex feelings that can increase an unhealthy relationship with food rather than curb it.

Everything in moderation