‘Dis[covid]nected’: why self-kindness is key in lockdown

Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist Lauren Pae has two degrees in mental health. This Mental Health Awareness Week Lauren reminds us that it’s important to be kind to ourselves during these times of uncertainty. It feels like the world has stood still. Time doesn’t make sense anymore, and anxiety, constraint and fatigue have weaved togetherContinue reading “‘Dis[covid]nected’: why self-kindness is key in lockdown”

Covid-19: Porn in a global pandemic

Brook’s Education and Wellbeing Specialist, Sophie Chase, talks about the porn industry, the relationship between sex in porn and sex in real life, and why it’s so vital that we talk to young people about porn as part of comprehensive relationships and sex education. With the ongoing development of the Internet, and now lockdown, youContinue reading “Covid-19: Porn in a global pandemic”

Looking ahead: Brook’s 2020-23 Strategic Plan

Brook’s Assistant Director of Business Support, Sally Hutchings, explains how Brook’s four core values – collaborative, trailblazing, courageous and trustworthy – underpinned every stage of development of our bold 2020-23 Strategic Plan. Brook wants a society where all young people are free to be themselves. In order to make this a reality, we believe that our services must beContinue reading “Looking ahead: Brook’s 2020-23 Strategic Plan”

Covid 19: Periods in isolation

As we all adjust to these new ways of living, Brook’s Let’s Talk. Period team in Liverpool, give some practical advice for parents and carers on how to use this time to have important conversations with young people. Written by Education and Wellbeing Specialists Jenny Gilchrist and Emma-Louise Kemp, with support from Education and WellbeingContinue reading “Covid 19: Periods in isolation”

Covid-19: RSE at home

Brook Education and Wellbeing Specialist Francesca Fiennes, urges anyone homeschooling to think about the sex education conversations you could be having with your young people, and offers top tips on where to go for trusted information online. Amidst the panic of Covid-19, we must remember that other health services and education must persevere. Given that governmentContinue reading “Covid-19: RSE at home”

Let’s Talk. Period: 5 Key Learnings

Brook’s Let’s Talk. Period project launched in October 2018, working to tackle period poverty in 7 areas across England. Education Manager, Ruby Stevenson, highlights our 5 key takeaways from this essential work. For the last 18 months, Brook has been running the Let’s Talk. Period project in partnership with Plan International UK to tackle periodContinue reading “Let’s Talk. Period: 5 Key Learnings”

COVID-19: we cannot ignore the needs of those who menstruate

Lota Bantić and Catherine Gabell of Brook’s Let’s Talk Period team explain why the current pandemic shouldn’t silence the conversation around period poverty, and why now more than ever we must fight to ensure period products are accessible.

COVID-19: Why we must talk about sexual health

Brook’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Lisa Hallgarten, highlights some key steps you can take to protect your sexual and reproductive health during COVID-19, as well as Brook’s key asks for the Government to avert a sexual health crisis. Staying at home during a lockdown sounds like the safest kind of sex – inContinue reading “COVID-19: Why we must talk about sexual health”