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    Get inside our heads

The Mindapples blog has been our outlet for our thoughts, inspirations and company announcements since 2008. It’s actually how Mindapples started, just blogging about mental health and wellbeing, and inviting people to share what they do that’s good for their minds.

Now we use it in two ways: for occasional announcements and updates about what we’re doing, and to post articles about psychology and health research that could help people get to know their minds better. Browse the recent posts below, and get in touch if you find something interesting that you think we should be reading.

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Mark Johnson on emotional education

In today’s Guardian Mark Johnson has written an article entitled Forget Sats: lesson one is a basic emotional education. It is very interesting to read Mark’s thoughts on the subject, as he school experience was difficult. He is author of Wasted, which describes his experiences growing up with violence, alcohol and drugs, often crime. Mark’s comment in […]

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It’s a mad world

Thanks to Simeon Brody of communitycare.co.uk for sharing his five-a-day: For what it’s worth, here are my five a day – Have a project or try to learn something new – Regular exercise – Don’t take things too seriously – Try to let worries go – Try to be sociable Not that I do them […]

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Headroom

The BBC have launched a new campaign called Headroom which aims to promote wellbeing widely. There are programmes, questionnaires, information of particular difficulties such as OCD and AHDH and depression. Well worth a look. Well done BBC. “Life is full of ups and downs. So the BBC has created Headroom, a campaign to encourage you […]

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Apple Camp

Lots of activity around the Mindapples project at the moment, very exciting times. I pitched the project at the first Social Innovation Camp Meetup last week, and found a whole bunch of people who would be interested in helping us develop a better website and various other useful services. So, later this month or early […]

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Dr Liz Miller’s health tips

I was honoured to receive a lovely e-mail from Dr Liz Miller recently about the Mindapples project. Dr Liz was voted Mind Champion of the Year in June and featured in Stephen Fry’s 2007 documentary series the Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. She writes wonderfully about self-management of mental wellbeing, and also practises what […]

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The RSA Journal plants some Mindapples

My friends at the RSA have very kindly included a piece about Mindapples in this month’s RSA Journal. It’s the back page article (always the best place to be), and you can read it online. There’s also a summary of the project on their main website. Thank you!

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On happiness

We’ve had a bit of a break during August while the Mindapples team did other things like write dissertations, go on holiday and launch shiny new websites. It’s been a pretty intense year so far and it’s been good to take a bit of a rest and recouperate. But now, we’re back, and I rejoined […]

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i-Genius grows Mindapples

Thanks to Tommy and Barry at i-Genius for giving Mindapples a bit of coverage. News story here. Also, thanks to Salford City Radio for ringing me up out of the blue for a phone interview – very nice of them to take such an interest in the project. As I said in the i-Genius interview, […]

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Acting sane

I’m currently reading Keith Johnstone’s book on Impro (more about this on my other blog) and one of his observations about spontaneity and creativity particularly caught my eye. He believes that people are all innately creative and spontaneous, but self-censor in order to appear sane and safe. He has a very elegant theory that “sanity […]

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Mind Training

I went to see some very helpful people at Mind this morning for their campaign skills training – a marvellous free service they offer to people like me who care about mental health but don’t know what to do about it. It was great to meet people at the sharp end of the spectrum, campaigning […]

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