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Mental illness

What few businesses know about employee counselling

Should your company provide employee counselling ? You don’t have to be Peter Jones, James Caan or Deborah Meaden to understand that a healthy workforce, both mentally and physically, is important to the success of your business. Traditionally we have been good at thinking about our physical safety at work. We have fire extinguishers, we go on moving and handling courses or we may have to wear protective clothing. Yet when it comes to mental health there is less of a safety culture. Yet the simplest changes, such as environment and access to employee counselling can make a big difference. Continue reading

Your best guide to mental health in the workplace

With nearly a third of employees having a mental health problem in any one year, knowing how the workplace can help with good mental health is the key to a positive healthy future. Society has been taking on the importance of good mental health. Businesses are understanding the impact of mental health in the workplace, yet they are finding it hard in some cases to provide that mentally healthy environment. Continue reading

How to stop self-harm

Few human behaviours are as misunderstood as self-harm.  Yet in society today we are reluctant to talk about it. It can feel to society at large that those who self-harm are detached almost emotionless. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Self-harm is most often done to avoid the way that we feel so when self-harming the person is usually very emotional and has nowhere to go with those feelings Continue reading

Your best guide to dealing with mental health in the workplace

Do you think about mental health in the workplace when you think about health? We are all more health conscious thinking about the food we eat and the exercise that we take. We are all very familiar with the idea of physical health. Yet we all have mental health too. It can vary from good to bad, we can become unwell, yet somehow we treat mental illness differently and find it harder to talk about and be around.

Mental health in the workplace throws up problems surprisingly often. 1 in 6 employees are dealing with a problem such as anxiety Continue reading

Talking about feelings

Feelings, express them, repress them, shout them or smother them, but we all have them. How we express our feelings can make a big difference to how we relate to others and to how well our relationships work.  If we can express feelings in a way that connects us to friends and family then they strengthen the bonds between us. Sharing feelings are a big part of how we cope with and get through events and situations. When we have negative feelings and we repress them they can fester ready to explode out and cause problems later on. Continue reading

Feeling better about yourself

Feeling better about yourself – Can you?

Part of being human is to have times when we are feeling insecure about ourselves. How do you then, feel better about yourself? The trigger can be anything from a text message with an unusual tone, through people seeming to treat you differently, or perhaps things just seem to be going badly and you can’t seem to bounce back. You want to focus on feeling better about yourself, but are not sure where to start. How do you navigate the maelstrom of negativity and start the process of feeling better about yourself? Continue reading

Jessica’s Anxiety

Take a moment to read Jessica’s story and notice how anxiety closed down her life.

Jessica, Jess to her friends, had started to feel bad some time back now. It was a darkness that seemed to haunt her. She would find herself agreeing to things she didn’t want to do. She was scared that if she didn’t then her friends would walk away. She suddenly lacked the confidence that she had as a teenager and now always seems to be saying sorry when she spoke. Continue reading

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