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Stepfinder App Testing

We've just released our new StepFinder app and it's now available on Android devices. We'd love some help testing it out to hear your feedback before it's released to the public.

Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018 from 6.30pm to 8pm

If you have an Android device and would like to help test out the app, you can sign up here
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Vanilla Survey Results

It's been a few months since we announced our exciting move to the new boards software Vanilla.

Back in February, we asked you to complete a survey so we could hear what you thought about some potential features and changes that Vanilla can offer. We also sent this survey out to our boards volunteers.

You can read all about the results here
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Post of The Month

Shaunie is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Novocaine

This sounds really difficuly and scary. Sorry youre going through such a hard time im glad youre getting some sort of help. Experimental therapies sounds good. I hope youre taking good care of yourself aswell and doing things you enjoy and doing small things that could make you feel better like nice relaxing bath.

Mindfullness and grounding technics can be really helpful. In times where i felt disassociated i would be vaguely suggested to stay midful and present in the here and now. Which can help your concentration aswell. Like even picking up something around you & noticing how that feels & what is around you helps to be less in a dream state of mind. Loking at everything in details & concetrating on your breathing. I know its quite hard to rememeber to do in times of high anxiety but it doesnt need to just be when you get to that point. Can be any time of the day just to help you feel better and get in rountine of doing it & remembering

Its also okay to not know what you want to do after school. Even people who seem to know what they want - end up not wanting it and alll can take some time to know and feel better and that is okay too, youre on your own lil journey. But there is always hope

Take care"
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Support Circles

We run Support Circle chats on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Support Circle is a small group chat for no more than 10 people. Take it in turns to talk about whatever is on your mind or sign up as a listener if you enjoy helping others. To find out more and sign up for a place (click here)

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    Hey!

    ​My name is Hannah, I'm 17 years old and I'm currently studying French, English Literature, Film Studies and Sociology at sixth form. I enjoy reading, watching movies (duh), visiting the seaside, taking photos and teaching myself piano. Right now, I'm trying to find some yoga exercises that work for me and to motivate myself to start jogging.
    ​My favourite movies are Billy Elliot, Nowhere Boy and Love, Simon. I love a sweet coming-of-age story that can make me tear up. I'm also 75% convinced that I'm a little old lady deep down because I'm getting super into doing puzzles from a puzzle book, baking, doing jigsaws and knitting. Can I retire at age 17?
    ​I suffer from anxiety (my backseat driver...) and so I'll probably be living in the Health and Lifestyle subforum for a little while.

    ​I hope I can get to know some of you because you all seem so lovely here.

    ​Hannah

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    Welcome to the boards Hannah. Everyone is lovely and hope you find support here. Exercise is v therapeutic so I hope you managed to motivate yourself! Is great that -you enjoy many different things!
    "Recovery is my best revenge" - Carolyn Spring "Let your past make you better not bitter" - Unknown

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      Hello Hannah. Welcome aboard. I think you'll enjoy yourself here and as Shaunie said, everyone is lovely and supportive.

      Academically I'm similar to you, but dropped English / Literature after getting an A*. Now I doing an online degree course in Tudor history and work from home. Like you, I love jigsaw puzzles, baking but on rainy days and knitting. An unusual hobby I enjoy though is Locksport. Heard of it? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locksport

      There is nothing quite as satisfying than the achievement of picking a lock. Hahaa! Check out The Lock Picking Lawyer on You Tube.

      All the best and have a good week,

      ~ Belle

      Líamore non e bello / Se non litigarello
      (Love is no fun / without bickering)

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      • #4
        I had no idea locksport was a thing haha! I'll definitely check it out. Ive actually gotten addicted to rubiks cube videos on youtube recently and they're so oddly therapeutic. Tudor history sounds awesome, definitely very interesting I'm sure.

        Thanks Shaunie! I'm hoping to buy some more appropriate kit for jogging too, so I can go further (and hopefully the new clothes will motivate me too, I love clothes!)

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        • #5
          Welcome to the boards Hannah, it's lovely to have you here

          I haven't seen the film Love Simon but I really want to see it! Hope you enjoy using the boards. I'm a moderator here so you'll see me around from time to time

          - Aife

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          • #6
            I've been picking locks since 11 when mother locked herself out of the house and got into a terrible snit because the locksmith was charging £100 call out. Having a idea, I said I could get in, but it'll cost her a fifty. Mother gave me the death stare. I laughed, said fifty or nothing - please yourself. I mean - fifty quid was a LOT to an 11 year old. But I had an idea...

            After frittin' about, mother reluctantly agreed. Using a hammer from the garage and its key, identical to the Union brand double locking rim deadlatch on our front door, I bumped the lock by clouting the key a few times with hammer. It's called "bumping". I shouldered the door and it swung open. I threatened to shut it back up until mother gave me the fifty. Scowling she paid up.

            Some of that money bought me a lockpick set. "The devil makes work for idle hands." And the rest, Hannah, has been terrific fun.

            Edited to add hnh_x but I've remembered some very good books on Tudor history and I recommend you buy them on the cheap second hand from either Amazon UK or Abe Books https://www.abebooks.co.uk/

            Authors such as: John Guy for Thomas Becket, My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Tudor England. Tudors (The History of England), by Peter Ackroyd, also Philippa Gregory who wrote the splendid The King's Curse (Plantagenet and Tudor Novels), and absolute MUST BUY - The Secret Garden (100th Anniversary Edition) by Francis Hodgson Burnette for the princely sum of 1p + £2.80 delivery from Amaon UK.

            Are you a bookwormy like me?
            Last edited by Mirabelle; 16-04-2018, 05:50 PM.
            Líamore non e bello / Se non litigarello
            (Love is no fun / without bickering)

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            • #7
              Thank you Aife!

              Abe books looks very good Belle! I'll definitely look into it. I am definitely a book worm and I've been looking to broaden my taste with classics so your recommendation of The Secret Garden is definitely very well timed. Right now I've been focusing on analysing The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger for my English coursework (we got to pick from our own selection).

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              • #8
                Originally posted by hnh_x View Post
                Hey!

                ​My name is Hannah, I'm 17 years old and I'm currently studying French, English Literature, Film Studies and Sociology at sixth form. I enjoy reading, watching movies (duh), visiting the seaside, taking photos and teaching myself piano. Right now, I'm trying to find some yoga exercises that work for me and to motivate myself to start jogging.
                ​My favourite movies are Billy Elliot, Nowhere Boy and Love, Simon. I love a sweet coming-of-age story that can make me tear up. I'm also 75% convinced that I'm a little old lady deep down because I'm getting super into doing puzzles from a puzzle book, baking, doing jigsaws and knitting. Can I retire at age 17?
                ​I suffer from anxiety (my backseat driver...) and so I'll probably be living in the Health and Lifestyle subforum for a little while.

                ​I hope I can get to know some of you because you all seem so lovely here.

                ​Hannah
                Hello Hannah (Loving the name. It's my name too&#128514

                A warm welcome to The Mix boards, we're happy to have you hear with us.

                It's a positive that you have so many hobbies, interests and things which you enjoy doing as having those will also greatly benefit you in times of need. See you around, Hannah.

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                  Welcome welcome! Love the intro.
                  On holiday until 04/05!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hnh_x View Post
                    Thank you Aife!

                    Abe books looks very good Belle! I'll definitely look into it. I am definitely a book worm and I've been looking to broaden my taste with classics so your recommendation of The Secret Garden is definitely very well timed. Right now I've been focusing on analysing The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger for my English coursework (we got to pick from our own selection).
                    Stephen Chbosky and J.D Salinger are two awesome authors, but given a choice I'd have taken Stephen Chbosky for the Perks of Being a Wallflower because it's so evocative of adolescent angst thatís devastatingly honest in one moment, and honestly devastating in the next. The book moved me deeply and helped give me courage to face an unknown future. It's an absolute literary great. I'm sure you will do very well in English Literature.

                    Being random here, but do you think that teaching would be a career you would like to do? I think teaching is a calling and it is something that I am seriously considering. Take care of yourself, Hannah.

                    Belle <3
                    Líamore non e bello / Se non litigarello
                    (Love is no fun / without bickering)

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                    • #11
                      Hi Hannah

                      Welcome! It's nice to see a fellow teenager on the forum!x

                      Much love <3

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                      • #12
                        Hi Hannah, I know Iíve just replied your other thread but thought Iíd say welcome over here too! So, welcome!! Iím Eleanor, Iím 15 and I also love Billy Elliot 😊 but anyway!! Im glad youíve found us here itís an amazing place😊😊
                        "Truely independent person who doesn't do quotes, just dates".. (29.04.17)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Mirabelle View Post

                          Stephen Chbosky and J.D Salinger are two awesome authors, but given a choice I'd have taken Stephen Chbosky for the Perks of Being a Wallflower because it's so evocative of adolescent angst that’s devastatingly honest in one moment, and honestly devastating in the next. The book moved me deeply and helped give me courage to face an unknown future. It's an absolute literary great. I'm sure you will do very well in English Literature.

                          Being random here, but do you think that teaching would be a career you would like to do? I think teaching is a calling and it is something that I am seriously considering. Take care of yourself, Hannah.

                          Belle <3
                          Definitely! I've been looking more into teaching Media Studies though as I'm not sure I'd cope with the pressure of teaching English.

                          Thank you everybody! 💕

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by hnh_x View Post

                            Definitely! I've been looking more into teaching Media Studies though as I'm not sure I'd cope with the pressure of teaching English.

                            Thank you everybody! 💕
                            I should think whatever subject, teaching will have its pressures. Here is a useful government info website from Department of Education.

                            https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/

                            You would be properly trained to deal with pressures of the job, and also be paid while learning. Eligibility, Funding & Salary etc is all there. Have a look and see what you think.
                            Líamore non e bello / Se non litigarello
                            (Love is no fun / without bickering)

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