Hospital people

Helping young people to face their fears

Meet Dr Maria Hadji-Michael (left), Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, who supports Oscar, who featured in the second series of Paul O’Grady’s Little Heroes. 

Maria explains that although Oscar has Tourette syndrome, his biggest difficulty when he came to see her was anxiety. She shares how the use of exposure tasks (‘facing fear’) can help reduce anxiety in young patients like Oscar and why we need to dispel common misconceptions around Tourette’s syndrome. 

Celebrating LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month – a month of looking back at the history of gay rights and related civil rights movements – celebrating how far we have come in the fight for equality. For allies, it’s a chance to better understand the struggles that LGBT+ people face and how to better support them.