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RCN Digital Ready

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Obesity and Weight Management

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SAVE THE DATE: Saphna Conference 2018 - 12 June

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, January 28, 2018 -





School and Public Health Nursing: Delivering quality for Children and Young People in the New World






WHAT: Key topics will focus on equipping the workforce with the tools to address the well-known impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) including: the 5 year forward review and mental health in schools, addressing obesity through working with adolescents, the Youth Violence Commission and breaking the cycle through dynamic safeguarding children and young people


WHERE:  Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks building at Birley Campus, Bonsall St, Manchester M15 5RN


WHEN:  Tuesday 12 June 2018 10.00 am – 5.00 pm


To register your interest please email:

(Please provide contact details including your name, role, base and full postal & email address etc.)

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Sources of Resilience and their Moderating Relationships with Harms from Adverse Childhood Experiences

Cherylynn Wray - Thursday, January 25, 2018 -   Read More

Pooky's Video Round Up: Eating Disorders, Anorexia,Depression & More

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -

Pooky's most recent mental health videos:

Eating Disorders: I think my child has an eating disorder – what should I say?
This video is in response to several parents who have contacted Pooky asking for some ideas about how to start the conversation because they're worried that their child might have an eating disorder.

Let's mean it when we ask "How are You?"
Pooky considers the phrase 'how are you?' and the fact that it has become more of a social tic than a meaningful question - I explore how we can become a little better at asking, and answering, the question 'how are you' and why this would be beneficial.

What is #3GoodThings and why is it worth a go?
In this video, Pooky explains the concept of #3GoodThings which is my take on the practice of taking a moment to note your gratitude each day.

Box Breathing Technique - simple strategy to calm anxiety
Box breathing is a simple way to take control of your breathing and help you to feel calmer if your anxiety is rising.

Establishing good sleep hygiene
Pooky explores simple steps that we can take to enable us to get sleep that is better in terms of both quality and quantity.

Self-Harm -You asked: I was clean for 12 months, then I self-harmed.. what do I do next?
One of Pooky's YouTube subscribers asked what they should do as they'd managed to stop self-harming for 12 months but had recently self-harmed again. I explore next steps.

Anxiety: How a buddy can help you challenge yourself
Pooky explores the role that a buddy or ally can play in helping you challenge yourself - especially in difficult or new social situations - if you struggle with anxiety.

5 things it's helpful to know if your friend is depressed
Pooky explains a little bit about how depression makes us act and feel to help you understand better if you have a loved one who is struggling with depression.

Why is weight restoration so important when treating anorexia?
Pooky answers a question she's often asked which is why there is a focus on weight restoration during the early stages of treatment for anorexia nervosa though this can cause distress


Book Review - Life after my husband's suicide - Sue Henderson
In her book, Sue draws on 25 years as a social worker, 15 years as a parent widowed by suicide and research into bereavement to create a book that is part memoir, part guide.

Anxiety: 6 ways to make life more manageable
Pooky explores 6 strategies that you can use to make life more manageable for a young person (or any person) who is struggling with anxiety.

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Training Nutrition for School Nurses Provided from March – Burdett Trust for Nursing

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -   Read More

Public Health Wales | Adverse Childhood Experiences

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -

Adverse childhood experiences increase risk of mental illness, but community support can offer protection.


People who have experienced abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as living with domestic violence during their childhood are at much greater risk of mental illness throughout life.


Findings from a new national study across Wales found adults who had suffered four or more types of ACE were almost 10 times more likely to have felt suicidal or self-harmed than those who had experienced none.


Developing resilience through access to a trusted adult in childhood, supportive friends and being engaged in community activities, such as sports, reduced the risks of developing mental illness; even in those who experienced high levels of ACEs.


Overall having supportive friends, opportunities for community participation, people to look up to and other sources of resilience in childhood more than halved current mental illness in adults with four or more ACEs from 29 per cent to 14 per cent, and ever having felt suicidal or self-harmed from 39 per cent to 17 per cent.


Participation in sports both as a child and adult was a further source of resilience to mental illness, with being in current treatment for mental illness reducing from 23 per cent in adults that did not regularly participate in sports to 12 per cent in those that did.


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PHE Child Vision Screening

Cherylynn Wray - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 -

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Beat Asthma

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, January 21, 2018 -

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Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Cherylynn Wray - Sunday, January 21, 2018 -

Association for Child & Adolescent Mental Health

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