Counting butterflies reduces anxiety – new study proves

Leading wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, has today revealed that counting butterflies reduces anxiety by almost 10%, in new scientific research published in collaboration with the University of Derby.

The pioneering study involved surveying people taking part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count in 2022. The results demonstrate that briefly tuning into nature to...

BFB Labs: Levelling up children and young people's mental health in Devon. Can Digital Therapeutics

Levelling up children and young people’s mental health in Devon

A new mobile game in Devon is breaking down the barriers for child and youth mental health services

In a pioneering collaboration, the Devon Partnership NHS Trust, alongside Children & Family Health Devon and BFB Labs, have introduced ‘Lumi Nova: Tales of Courage’ to local families in a groundbreaking approach to timely and accessible mental health support.

Breaking the...

Awaken the Warrior Inside

Heartfelt Debut - Michael Wallis Unveils 'Awaken the Warrior Inside' Anthology

Writing under the pseudonym of E.M Wallis, Plymouth writer Michael Wallis makes his mark with the release of his debut anthology, " Awaken the Warrior Inside."

As a seasoned journalist and a dedicated communications officer in local government, Michael seamlessly navigates the realms of professional articulation and heartfelt expression, inviting readers to join him on an emotional...

Children with anxiety invited to take part in study looking at how treatments can be delivered in line with COVID-19 social distancing rules

Parents of 5-12 year old children from Devon who suffer from anxiety are being invited to join a research study looking at the best way to deliver treatment for child anxiety problems when there are social-distancing restrictions in place due to COVID-19.

The Co-CAT study (Child Anxiety Treatment in the context of COVID-19) is being led by Professor Cathy Creswell at the University...

Nearly half of Plymouth workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals

A survey carried out by mental health organisation, TalkOut, has revealed that 48% of Plymouth workers haven’t received any mental health support or advice from their employer since the pandemic hit in March.

The study found that 33% of respondents had felt anxious and apprehensive about returning to work, while 37% said that their mental health is worse now compared to before the...

‘Don’t suffer in silence’ – help at hand for anyone in Devon feeling anxious about leaving lockdown

People in Devon who are worried or anxious about coping with the newly relaxed lockdown measures are being offered help and support.

A further easing of lockdown measures on Saturday, 4 July, has left many people concerned about going back to pre-Covid social situations, such as visiting a restaurant, or about the catching virus itself while out and about.

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Don't face you troubles alone...

Most people feel worried, low, fearful or distressed at some time in their lives and these feelings often appear heightened at during the festive period.

Money or health worries, loneliness, or family tensions, don’t simply disappear just because it’s Christmas. In fact, these stresses can be worse at this time of year.

The hype associated with Christmas and New Year can make...

New online support service for young people announced on World Mental Health Day

Thousands of children and young people will be able to access an online advice service for support dealing with issues such as depression and anxiety as a result of a £500,000 government investment.

Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd has awarded funding to children’s charity MindFull , a new service which gives vulnerable young people access to counselling support services wherever...