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  • A Year of Pandemic Relationships
    12 April 2021


    Over the course of the pandemic, Relate NI have been working to provide relationship support to children, young people, individuals, couples, and families, many of whom have felt under pressure from the effects of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown conditions. At various points in the past year, Relate NI have worked with colleagues across the UK in order to best understand the pressures facing relationships. Using the insights from the various pieces of research illustrated below, as well a...

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  • 22

    Mar
    2021
    New Perinatal Counselling Service For Parents Launched With We Are Pangs
    It’s a proven fact that your face is the most interesting thing in the world to your baby and even during pregnancy your baby can sense and learn from the outside world and how you’re feeling. So Mum’s wellbeing, physical and mental, is important not only for mum, but for baby and the family. More than 1 in 10 women develop a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. At the heart of maternal mental health are relationships. Healthy relation...

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  • 10

    Mar
    2021
    Coping with Bereavement this Mother’s Day
    Sadly, a large number of people in Northern Ireland are about to experience their first Mother’s Day since losing their mum, perhaps to Covid-19. With this in mind, our counselling team have put together some coping tips for anybody who may be grieving on Mother’s Day. Losing a parent is a terrible thing to go through at any time, but when numbers allowed at funerals are restricted and you’re unable to see family and friends for support or a hug, it adds a whole new and unwant...

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  • 12

    Feb
    2021
    Supporting Couples in Lockdown Apart
    We tend to think about the pressures of being locked down together for a long period of time and how this may be impacting on our relationship with those we live with. But for many couples, it’s being locked down apart which is adding relationship pressure. Our Relationships are essential foundations to our health & wellbeing. Through our experience of supporting people and their relationships, we’ve come to understand that relationships not only give our lives meaning, they are...

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  • 8

    Feb
    2021
    Valentines 5 Languages of Love
    Relationships are an essential foundation to our health and wellbeing. If we want to build and maintain healthy relationships, we have to work at it, and Valentine’s day presents the perfect opportunity to carry out some relationship maintenance. We all receive love in different ways, so we have to communicate with our partner what makes us feel loved and we need to show our partner love in the ways that they want to receive it. That's how we can use the below love languages to maint...

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  • 29

    Jan
    2021
    Navigating February as a Family
    For some weeks now, many of us will have returned to working and learning from home and it has now been announced that this will continue until at least March 5th. Without the structure that schools and workplaces provide, it can be difficult for parents to manage the competing demands on us from our jobs, our children’s education and our home life. Getting the balance can be difficult, and January may have created additional stresses on our relationships, so it is natural to feel stresse...

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  • 17

    Dec
    2020
    Relate NI urging people to 'Relieve the Pressure' this Christmas following relationships survey results
    Relate NI highlights pressure on relationships this Christmas in NI Relationships Survey and launches self-help e-books as part of first Winter Campaign, ‘Relieve The Pressure’   People in Northern Ireland are feeling much more pessimistic about Christmas this year, with optimism levels dropping by almost half due to Covid-19 according to the results of a survey conducted for Relate NI.   75% of respondents surveyed said they normally feel positive about Christmas where...

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    Dec
    2020
    Foster Meaningful Relationships Through Volunteering
    Every year on December 5th, organizations and individuals around the world take part in International Volunteer Day which celebrates the contributions made by volunteers towards development in their communities. This year especially, the work of volunteers has been paramount in the community response towards the Covid-19 pandemic and we commend everybody who stepped up to help those most vulnerable in their communities. The relationships and connections we make with people through volunteering...

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  • 22

    Jul
    2020
    The New 'Relationship' Normal
    New Year’s Eve 2019 - fading bars of Auld Lang Syne, hopeful conversations about the potential of 2020, and all of the associated revelry that New Year’s Eve brings. Amidst all of this, few of us could have imagined that a global pandemic would take hold and dominate politics, the economy and that it would change our lives and communities in the way that it has. The fact that this particular Coronavirus was new meant we had no effective treatment, no vaccine and no population immunit...

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  • 21

    Jul
    2020
    Lockdown, Learning and Lessons
    Many (or most) parents I’ve talked to have found lockdown a challenge, although ed for different reasons.   As a mum to a 6-year-old (Reuben), we were no different. I’d go as far as to say many days and in many ways it was a struggle. We had ups and downs, tears and fears, tantrums and frustrations… and that was just me!   If I had to name our biggest hurdle it was home school or home learning, call it what you will, it was hard! After the first few days the no...

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