Sometimes unexpected life events can knock us off our feet and take a while to recover from. Some of us may brush away personal issues, only for them to come back and haunt us further down the line, even years later.

Dealing with an addiction is never easy, but it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems. When a person is suffering from both it is called a co-occurring disorder, and the addiction is often used as a form of self-medication to dull the experience. People can find themselves addicted to a wide range of things, even other people or personal relationships, and in many of these cases the relationship they persistently return to is unhealthy. Without suitable help an addiction is only likely to get worse, and the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) has provided support for a number of people living with a co-occurring disorder, and you can help provide funding that enables the Charity to do this by playing powerLottery.

Most holidaymakers don't claim on travel insurance, but what risk are you taking if you travel without it? According to data from trade body the Association of British Insurers, the average travel insurance medical claim between 2011 and 2016 was £1,300, but this number can easily run far higher.

Life changes immediately after hearing the words, “you have cancer”. At first, you can't think about anything else. All you feel is shock or numbness. It can be hard to believe. Cancer can disrupt many aspects of life, including household finances and budgets which can be difficult to manage. However, after receiving the devastating cancer diagnosis, it is vital to seek support if you feel that you are unable to cope emotionally, financially or physically.

Cancer is one of the most devastating and disruptive illnesses in the world and we all probably know at least one person close to us whose life has been affected by it. The statistics make for alarming reading; according to Cancer Research UK, somebody is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes in the UK and, over the last decade, incidence rates for all cancers combined have increased by more than 7% in the UK.

More than 1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime. Currently, there are more than 200 different types of cancer, and each is diagnosed and treated in a particular way that often has a life-changing impact on individuals and those close to them.

It is anyone’s worse nightmare to discover they carry a cancerous gene but to then discover that you have passed this mutant gene onto both your daughters is life altering. This is the reality Mark and his family faced at the start of 2019 when Mark, an employee of a large energy management company, approached the Electrical Industries Charity after struggling with his and his daughter’s diagnosis.

Fathers are often given the short end of the stick. Whether it is the assumption that they were the breadwinner in the Family household and should be responsible for paying alimony and child support or that they are not equally as capable of providing a loving, nurturing, and stable environment for a child to live and grow in, it can be a challenge to cope with.

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