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This week (1st-7th Feb, 2021) is Children’s Mental Health Week. This year, the event has special significance because it falls in the context of the pandemic that, as we know, experientially and through research, has far-reaching effects on the mental health of children, adolescents and their families.

Most of us have had some taste of the mental health knock-on effects of COVID-19, whether we grieved someone lost to COVID, struggled with the virus ourselves, experienced social isolation in lockdown, had anxiety, or, coped with new sources of stress.

This blog will take a look at some of the science of…


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My personal experience

I was prompted to write this blog because a few parent friends this week discussed emotionally painful parenting battles with their child about trying to teach their children aspects of the national curriculum. I had my own home learning-related struggle this past week. I was engrossed in my work downstairs on my computer. I believed my son to be working on his Google Classroom in his room. When I checked mid-morning he said that he couldn’t access the worksheet because it was the wrong way up and had opted to do Minecraft instead. On my break, I…


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In retrospect, 2020 has been characterized by strong, at times all-consuming, human emotions.

This blog is a snapshot of some of the feelings that kept us awake at night, led our hearts to beat faster, moments of joy and laughter, or tears of sadness or grief. Feelings have crossed international borders, lasting days, and generating long nights for some. For many, 2020 brought few silver linings and it is a year to be forgotten. For others, 2020 had special moments that gave the year meaning or they felt that they learned a lot.

In sum, there have been a diverse…


Why should you care about protective factors

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Humour contributes to resilience. Credit: Kate OSeen via Unsplash

By Mia Eisenstadt

If you imagine any adverse event, such as being caught in a natural disaster or enduring a years of brutal bullying by peers; afterwards, some of us will move forward with our lives, relatively unscarred. Others will not be so lucky. Some people may be haunted by the experience for years to come, or maybe develop a condition, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (involving flashbacks or numbing) or develop other conditions, such as anxiety or depression.

Researchers have studied the phenomenon of why some people bounce back from adverse events and others do not. Careful…


What does scientific research tell us about what loneliness means and the most effective ways to treat loneliness?

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Despite the global rise of loneliness following the COVID-19 pandemic, loneliness and feeling lonely remains a difficult topic to talk about in everyday parlance. Yet, many notable people have been open about their personal experiences of loneliness. British polymath Bertrand Russell, (1967–1969) discussed loneliness in a poem to his wife, Edith, where he described it as the “solitary pain the gnaws at the heart.” The late actor and comedian, Robin Williams, also described loneliness, “I used to think the worst thing in…


The importance of listening to the lived experienced “behind the numbers” when reviewing the disproportionate numbers deaths of Black Minority and Ethnic communities from Covid-19.

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The two identical hoodies of Mark Zuckerberg and Trayvon Martin

In this post, I’ll explore the idea that we need a different approach in trying to understand the disproportionate number of BAME deaths from Covid-19 in the UK. …


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AI and robots are not the same. No matter how cute. Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash

From online dating to ordering shopping online from Alexa, to being given suggestions by Netflix of shows we might like, we, the human race, are increasingly interacting with AI all the time.

The intelligence of machines is developing exponentially according to experts in the field. Due to this explosion in machine intelligence, it’s important for everyone — from your grandma to a 5th grader — to know the basics of AI. …


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One of the most famous conspiracy theories of all time is that the moon landing was staged. Photo credit: NASA

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak and its classification by the WHO as a pandemic on March 11th, 2020, uncertainty has increasingly become part of our daily lives. Barring our relationships, almost everything we held to be a certainty has changed. A shifting, grey cloud of ambiguity hangs over almost every decision and action in daily life, from planning our jobs and holidays, to the weekly shop. In this context, how are people responding and adapting to the holes in our knowledge of the certainties of life? What new behaviors and coping responses are we seeing? …


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Young people having fun. Photo by Katherine Evans

Around the world young people and their families are adjusting to life in lock-down. Some young people may be still going to school (if their parents are key workers or they live in a country such as Sweden), but the many will be at home. Each young person and their family will have to establish a “new normal”. Daily life that previously consisted of structured time in physical places (school, leisure centres, parks, playing fields and places of worship) will be compressed into being at home, with activities moving online, cancelled or postponed.

As part of my PhD research, I…


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In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in predictions from the AI community about the arrival of the singularity and intelligent robots increasingly replacing human functions and becoming superhuman. Increased AI intelligence has been predicted to lead to unemployment and drastic changes in society. Enigmatic and well-known thought leaders such as Ray Kurzweil and Elon Musk have been making these claims for sometime anticipating mass unemployment, doom or robot dictators, and many other far-reaching consequences.

However, if ever we could benefit from robots taking over human functions, it is now, when human contact is the means by…

Mia Eisenstadt

Writer & researcher specialising in wellbeing. Instagram: mia_psychologyandwellbeing

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