Category Archives: Blogs

Counselling Childhood Exploitation

As an online counsellor, I’m humbled by how young people who are victims of childhood exploitation find the resolve to reach out for help and explore their experiences. Offering an anonymous space for them to do this means more victims can be heard. Often with childhood exploitation there is so much chaos and uncertainty that […]

Offering Trust and Empowerment for Exploited Young People

On National CSE Awareness Day, I reflect on the children and young people who need our help and who we support during incredibly traumatic times. For them, understandably, trust is paramount. They need to feel trust with our online team; our staff need time to build relationships with vulnerable people who may find any degree […]

Prioritising Sleep for Better Mental Health

Neil Garrity, a former nurse in the NHS and long-time counsellor at XenZone, offers his experience and insight in helping young people and adults to view sleep as less of a luxury and more of necessity. It might feel like there is a growing expectation that we should be awake and alert for longer. Left […]

Young People Deserve the Right Support for Eating Disorders

XenZone’s clinical director Dr Lynne Green, a consultant clinical psychologist, describes some of the issues associated with eating disorders and looks to digital as a way of giving young people with eating disorders greater personalisation, access and control over their treatment as part of an integrated care pathway. Counterintuitive though it may sound, eating disorders […]

Mental Health: to have choice, we need real options

There is no doubt that extending the right of choice when it comes to mental health is an important step towards parity of esteem with physical health. Involving people as much as possible in decision-making to find the way of working that’s most helpful to them is critical. For many people accessing mental health services, […]

The Digital Path to Prevention: Highlights from the NHS Long Term Plan

The flurry of news reports in response to last week’s release of the NHS Long-Term Plan has all but died down. As we sift through the text of a wide-ranging strategy, we’ve been considering the direction of travel for an organisation older than most of us and about to enter a new digital future. Some […]

What I Discovered Researching Adolescent Mental Health Literacy

At the end of August I wrote about the research I was doing on adolescent mental health literacy. The aim of this research was to learn more about where adolescents gain knowledge about mental health, specifically eating disorders, and whether they are likely to know the appropriate treatment options available for such conditions. There were […]

A Thousand Ways to Therapy

Therapy is constantly evolving. It has blossomed far beyond the four walls of a psychotherapy consulting room, embracing new ways to access support, new approaches, and developing new strands of integrative therapeutic interventions. With this array of therapies delivered in person, over the phone, online or via email, surely there’s a high chance of finding […]

Response to NHS Mental Health in Children and Young People Prevalence Survey

Thirteen years is a long time. The long wait for fresh NHS data on the mental health of children and young people in England prompted much speculation. There were concerns that the new survey would show a significant increase in poor mental health, largely as a result of social media, which has grown wildly in […]

Accessible Support for the UK’s Carers

In the UK, one in every ten people is a carer. That’s seven million people, which is set to rise to around 10 million by 2030. Being a carer takes many forms and doesn’t always come from a care home or the NHS. Care can be provided by relatives, friends and neighbours and is often […]

Male Mental Health: Toxic messages start early

Imagine a playground full of children. Now imagine a young girl trips up and grazes her knee. Not an untypical scene, perhaps. The girl might cry. She will probably be looked after by her friends; a teacher might cuddle and reassure her until she feels better. If that child was male, however, it wouldn’t be […]

Understanding the Impact of Social Media on Young People

As a counsellor and a father I see the capacity of social media as a constant forum for judgement. My concern is how ready our young people are to face it and what impact it is already having on developing minds. That’s not to say that social media is inherently bad – far from it. […]