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I could have said ‘excuses’ or ‘misunderstandings’, the result is the same. Any therapist is familiar with the common misconceptions that keep people from finding out what could help them. Like any misconceptions or judgements, they serve as a shorthand to save us looking further.

If you have ever given half a thought to getting professional help with something that is affecting your wellbeing, only to find the idea immediately quashed by some thought or other (or some ‘friend’ or other), remember that problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.

In other words, you sometimes have to take a chance on what you want to do without allowing the internal censor to hijack the idea.

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Bullying helpline closes

The National Bullying Helpline has suspended services temporarily and announced that it is considering its future after it went public and said “three or four” Downing Street employees had called its helpline.
The HSE, in its study Bullying at work: a review of the literature, says that there are over the half a million cases of work-related stress reported each year in the UK and that, on average, each case results in 29 working days lost. Bullying is the cause of 10-20% of this, the report estimates.

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