Our service helps people in several different ways, including via the phone and in person. But we also offer support online, through a programme called SilverCloud.
I’ve referred lots of people for SilverCloud since working for the NHS. It sounds great in theory – really flexible and easy to use, so it can fit nicely around life and work commitments. Another attraction is that you can use it for different problems, like anxiety or low mood.
Having said this, I felt I needed to get a better idea of what it’s like to actually be a SilverCloud user, so when I refer people to it, I can explain exactly what they’ll be getting.
Gaming is, for many people, an irreplaceable hobby. It’s escapist, it’s social, it’s challenging, and it’s very, very satisfying to win a match or beat a tough boss. It’s important for everyone to make sure they take time to enjoy themselves in their day-by-day routine; video games can offer an easy solution for squeezing some fun into those spare minutes. There’s even a degree of evidence that they can improve your cognitive abilities, problem-solving skills, and hand-eye coordination.
Like any hobby, however, it’s important to indulge in moderation.
Welcome back to the blog. Last week, we talked about maintaining good health as a gamer. This week, we’re having more of a look at the social side of things. The old stereotype of gamers as anti-social shut-ins becomes less and less true as time goes on, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful. Like any pleasurable activity, gaming can become addictive and affect your mental health, especially if you’re already vulnerable from existing depression or anxiety.
That said, that doesn't mean you have to stop playing. It's just important that you should keep on top of things as you play. Hopefully, some of the tips below will help you to manage your mood.