Building Resilience in Critical Times

Franklin D. Roosevelt is famous for his inauguration speech in 1933 during the time of the Great Depression in the USA. (1). It starts with the words:- “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” He went on to say:- “These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but minister to ourselves and our fellow men. If I read the temper of our people correctly, we now realise as we have never realised before our interdependence on each other; that we cannot merely take but we must give as well; that if we are to go forward

The Roots of Alumina Run Deep

Recently, I came across an article entitled 'Infant Sleep and Child Mental Health: a Longitudinal Investigation' by Cook, F., Conway, LJ., Giallo R., et al., Archives of Disease in Childhood, published online on the 9th of March, 2020. (1). This was based on a study carried out by the University of Melbourne, Australia. In this article, it is established that infants with prolonged sleep disturbance during the first year of life are more prone to anxiety and emotional dysregulation by the age of 10 (with the first signs of anxiety manifesting at the age of 4). This lays down the foundation for later mental health issues such as autism, attention deficit disorder, and obsessive compulsive dis

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